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mtec2250 syllabus

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Week 1

Class 1 - February 1

Coming up with Ideas

Markdown Cheatsheet

For next class start thinking of project ideas

Class 2 - February 3

####Using Wikis

Markdown Cheatsheet

Research and Brainstorming of Ideas and Themes

Week 1 - Homework

  • Create Class repository

  • Create Class Wiki

  • Create Week 1 Assignment page

    • Add image to repository and link it to your wiki
  • Create Ideas page

#Week 2

Class 3 - February 8

Ideas Workshop

Class 4 - February 10

Idea Workshop Spill over

One on One Conferences

Week 2 - Homework

Prelim presentations - Continue Researching and developing your idea or ideas. Find examples, make sketches that help us understand your motivation and aid in explaining your project.

#Week 3

Class 5 - February 15 – No Classes

Class 6 - February 17

Prelim presentations

Week 3 - Homework

Think about your Inputs and Outputs. List or Diagram how your project will work. List the steps on a user will use to operate your project.

#Week 4

Class 7 - February 22


Analog vs Digital

####Thinking about prototypes

When creating a prototype, we need to think about the inputs and outputs. Having a diagram or wireframe will help us understand how to layout our controls.


Paper/Clay Prototypes

Breakdown Inputs and Outputs into physical prototypes. Using paper/clay create a series of prototypes. Use actual sensors, like switches, buttons, range finders and output devices, like leds, speakers, etc to understand and inform size and usability of your project.

Goal: Come up with 3 physical prototypes

Class 8 - February 24

Prototypes Continued...

Week 4 - Homework

Finish and document prototypes on your wiki

#Week 5

Class 9 - February 29

Basics of 3D modelling

Using Calipers:

Fasteners and Putting stuff together

Different types of modeling programs

Onshape is a parametric modeler. Parametric modeling uses parameters to define a model (dimensions, for example). Examples of parameters are: dimensions used to create model features, material density, formulas to describe swept features, imported data

Sign Up on Onshape

Working with Planes - When working with planes, Use the top plane because that it how the 3D printer is oriented.

Drawing - Sketches are the basic building blocks of your design. Once you have a sketch you can create a 3D object. You can add sketches on to face of 3D objects.

Dimension - By dimension-ing your drawings you can easily update your model

Understanding Constraints - Constraints are used to define the relationship between line segments of your drawing

Basic UI

Document and UI Video

Basics tutorial

Creating a Part Video Tutorial

Class 10 - March 2

Class Assignments

Idea Documentation

#####Start modeling a part or interface for your project

Week 5 - Homework

Finish documentation and 3D models

Week 6

Class 11- March 7

Continue Modeling...

Class 12 - March 9

Continue Modeling...

#Week 7

Class 13 - March 14

####3D Printing

3D Printing Slides

Working with Makerbots

####Week 7 Homework

Create a 3D modelled part you can use on your project

Class 14 - March 16

#Week 8

Class 15 - March 21

3D Prints Due

Class 16 - March 23 – Friday Schedule

#Week 9

Class 17 - March 28

Class 18 - March 30

####Basic Digital output example Examples => Digital => Blink


Blink 2 LEDs with Variables


###Week 9 - Homework

Write a program that uses 3 LEDs. Come up with an idea for what your program can be used for. Example a traffic light. Provide an image or video on your wiki and a link to your code.

#Week 10

Class 19 - April 4

####Basic Digital input example Examples => Digital => Button


digitalRead Serial LED

####Code Plan

A code plan is a blueprint for programing your project. Breakdown are the inputs, outputs, and features. Explain step by step how each element of your project is going to work.

*Press Button for 5 seconds *LED Turns On *When release LED stays on

*Press Button for 10 seconds *LED Turns Off *When release LED stays off

Code plan

####Write a tutorial

write a tutorial based of a component you are going to use in your project. Create a wiki page with the following:

Image of component

What does the component do?

How the sensor works?

Diagram of connecting to Arduino

Getting started program

Any Issues or quirks with the sensor


Class 20 - April 6

Button Pressed with Counter

Changing LED With One Button

Week 10 homework

Use 3 switches to set 3 different states. Switch 1 should set state 1, Switch 2 should set state 2 ,etc. Each state should activate 2-3 LEDs.

#Week 11

Class 21 - April 11


Changing states

####AnalogWrite- Understanding PWM

Class 22 - April 13

Code Plan Due

#Week 12

Class 23 - April 18

Class 24 - April 20

Tutorial Due

#Spring Break - April 22 -29

#Week 13

Class 25 - May 2

Class 26 - May 4

#Week 14

Class 27 - May 9

Class 28 - May 11

#Week 15

Class 29 - May 16

Class 30 - May 18

#Week 16 - May 25 Final

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