The access to small and inexpensive computing hardware, sensors, actuators, and batteries has opened new and affordable opportunities for makers to create prototypes for their hardware ideas. This introductory course will expose students to the hardware knowledge necessary to make things; what things? Things that students may want to do with wifi/bluetooth connections of available boards, sensors/actuators, and additional electronics components. The topics of the course are as follow: Hardware Boards, Writing ideas into your hardware, Measuring your hardware, Talking and listening between hardware and humans, Sensing the world, Moving the world, Feeding hardware, and Hardware Startups.
Every class will present a topic in hardware (10 min), the working principle of the hardware (10 min), how people use it (10 min), and a hands-on experience to apply concepts (1hr). Students should be able to understand the basic principles of the hardware introduced during class, run an example, and modify it (30min). The last part of the course will be devoted to group projects. When a speaker gives a talk, the lecture assigned to that day will be moved to next week.
The grades will be determined by attendance, in-class hardware experiences, and final project:
20% Assistance (student must stay until of end of each lecture to obtain a point).
40% Hands-on hardware experiences (student must be able to finish during class the experience to obtain a point).
40% Final Project (student should present project idea, project update, and project presentation to obtain full score).
You are allowed to miss two days of classes. Absences may be excused if a credible reason is given and the student facilitator is informed via email before class. Attendance is taken at the end of class each day. If you need to leave early please talk to us, or you will not get credit for that day’s participation.