Electronics/Robotics 10 is a course designed to introduce students to the world of electronics & robotics. The course is 2 terms in length (approx 50hrs). The students will begin by breadboarding simple circuits and in doing so, learn what some of the more common components do. They will also be introduced to microprocessors using ARDUINO, where they will learn how to program as well. Once a number of labs are completed the students will build a circuit board and use a 3d printer to make a project.
Below you will find a number of resources and materials that will be used for the course. Also, look under Resources on the Electronics Drop Down Menu for additional information on electronics.
Breadboarding – Student Answer Booklet – You will be given this.
DON’T lose it as it is used for marking purposes.
Lab #1 – How resistors works (more info..)
Lab #2 – Potentiometers (more info..)
Lab #3 – Photocells (more info..)
Lab #4 – Diodes (more info..)
Lab #5 – Capacitors (more info..)
Lab #6 – Transitors (more info..)
Lab #7 – Automatic Night Light
Lab #8 – Flashing Lights
Bonus Lab – 2 LED Decision Maker
The Useless Box is a simple and fun little project that teaches students the various processes/stages of taking a project from conception to completion. Students will breadboard the circuit, program an Arduino Nano to make the circuit work, create a printed circuit circuit board, design a case in Inventor, 3D print the case and finally assemble it all together to create a professional looking project. See youtube video of it in action HERE.
Making the Circuit Board – DipTrace
Using DipTrace – Library Setup
Making the Schematic for the Useless Box (print and submit your schematic)
Making a PCB layout – setting up the program for use
Making the PCB for the Useless box (print and submit your design)
Obtain a PCB, and using a Dremel drill press, drill all holes
Obtain and solder in all components
3D Print The Servo Finger And Door Hinge
You will need to 3D print a servo finger to turn off the switch. The ‘.stl’ file can be found on the school share, under ‘Maker Woodwork students’. Look for the ‘UselessBox’ folder.
You will also need to 3D print a hinge for the door. The .stl file for this is in the same folder as the finger. Do not print the hinge and the finger together on the same printer.
Cutting The Box Parts
You will find the .emf file for the box in the same folder as the model files for the 3D printed parts. ‘Import’ this into the laser software. Adjust the laser’s ‘settings’ to cut 1/8″ Baltic Birch Plywood and focus the laser to the surface of your plywood. Check and double check (focused?, positioned?, settings correct?, fume extraction on?, nozzle air supply on?)…then cut.
Assembling the Box
The following tutorials detail how to design the 3D printed version of the useless box Using Autodesk Inventor…
Inventor – Making the base for the Useless Box
Part 1 – Intro to Inventor
Part 2 – Making screw holes
Part 3 – Making the servo Bracket
Part 4 – Making the hole for the Servo
Part 5 – Making the hole for the switch
Inventor – Making the Top for the Useless Box
Part 1 – Outside shell and screw holes
Part 2 – Adding a hole for the lid
Part 3 – Adding the screw hole for the lid
Part 4 – Making a hole for the switch
Part 5 – Hook for the Lid
Part 6 – Making the lid
Part 7 – Finishing the lid
Students will build and program this small little robot called OTTO. It will be able to walk and avoid obstacles and hopefully dance to music!!
Building Instructions coming soon……
Inventor Tutorials coming soon……….