( Cellphone friendly schedule -with projects: http://curiousart.org/eproj/ )

--- Individual Class References: ---


1. Sept. 12:

    -Introductions

    -Course description and syllabus [ Download ]

    -Intro to electrical circuits and multimeters

    -series/parallel, AC/DC, LEDs

    -"Circuit Playground" AdaFruit iPhone app

    -"ElectroDroid" app for Android phones

    -Examples of artists' work


    Project Jacquard



2. Sept. 19:

    - Voltage Divider

    - discrete components:

    pots, diodes, resistors, switches (relays)

    - Fading LED current with pot

    - Voltage Divider

    - Transistors (.pdf)

    -Transistor as a switch

    - Beginning Light Switch [Project one]


3. Sept. 26:

    - Fun with Capacitors, Transistor R/C circuits

    - Try this!

    - 2 transistor oscillator

    - 555 timer IC introduction

    - Intro to Oscilloscopes

    - Oscillator / timer project [Project Two]


4. Oct. 3:

    - Soldering

    - Drawdio - Video

    - Enclosures, connectors and debugging techniques

    - Finish first circuit project (light switch)


5. Oct. 10:

- "Columbus day"--no classes



6. Oct. 17:

- Oscillator / timer project (finish)

- Oscillators and Homebrew Synths

- "Circuit Bending"

- survey of sensors


6. Oct. 24:

- Electromechanical survey: solenoids and motors

- (-DC gearhead, servo, stepper)

- Rob Ives Mechanics

- DC motor overview

- In-class group projects: -555 driver for servo

- circuit diagram and built-circuit image

- Draft Project Description sketch (for final project ) due.


8. Oct. 31:

- external switching of stepper

- kinetic project "Making Things Move"


9. Nov 7:

- finish/show Kinetic Project

- Passive Infrared Sensors (PIRs)

- Transistor driver circuits


10. Nov. 14:

- Programming " Oh boy!"

- Download code examples

- Microcontrollers, Arduino, etc. Slides

- Pin Layout of the AtMega328

- C Programming concepts

- Sound and audio examples -


11. Nov. 21:

- Visiting Artist: Jimmie P. Rodgers

Jimmie Rodgers's site

- Driver circuits

- Sensors


12. Nov. 28:

- Final Project Descriptions due


13. Dec. 5:

- In-class workday

- Debugging


14. Dec. 12:

- Final Project Presentations