Class Content Schedule:


Sept. 14 First Day

    -Introductions

    -Course Outline and Syllabus

    -Intro to electrical circuits and multimeters

    -series/parallel, AC/DC, LEDs

    -"ElectroDoc" app for Android phones

    -Examples of artists' work (e.g. Zimoun, Steloolive)

Video: Introductory Concepts Pt. 1

- Scientific Units
- Resistor codes
- Resistor code calculator
- Using Breadboards
- switches (video)
- Triboelectric (static charge) video
- Bending water video
- Electrical Field Simulation
- Balloon Simulation
- symbols for switches


Sept. 21 Week 2 - Potentiometers

Sept. 28 Week 3 -Light Switch Project

    - Light-Sensitive Switch (video)

    - Voltage Divider

    - discrete components:

    pots, diodes, resistors, switches (relays)

    - Fading LED current with pot

    - Intro to Oscilloscopes


Oct. 5 Week 4 - Introduction to RC Circuits and ICs (555)

    - Review first circuit project (light switch)
    - Fun with Capacitors, Transistor R/C circuits
    - Capacitors (video)
    - Schematics (video)
    - Try this!
    - 2 transistor oscillator (Fun challenge) -Image -Video
    - Basic555_modes.pdf
    - Timer Spec sheet
    - safe audio interface
    - Drawdio - Video
    - Spanish techno 555
    - Oscillator / Timer [Project One] - Components for project
    - Oscillator/VCO (build video)
    - 555 Projects printable .pdf


Oct. 12 Week 5

    Indigenous People's Day (no Classes)

  • -

Oct. 19 Week 6 - Finishing Timer IC (555)

- Finishing VCO circuit (555 IC)

- Ohm's/Watt's Law

- Timer [555 Project Two] -(build video)

- Radar Sensor and data sheet

- Oscilloscopes info (pdf)


Oct. 26 Week 7

- Circuit Bending

- 555 as Servo Motor Controller (Image) -(build video)

- 555 as Motor Speed Controller

- Electromechanical survey: solenoids and motors

- DC motor overview

- (-DC gearhead, servo, stepper)

- Stepper motor tutorial

- Artist examples:


Nov. 2 Week 8

    -Visiting Artist: Dennis Svoronos

    -In-class time for electromechanical/kinetic work

    -Driver Circuit


Nov. 9 Week 9

    -Introduction to Arduino and Programming Microcontrollers

    -Some Interesting Projects (kinetics and sound)

    -Atmega328 pins

    -Selecting Board

    -First program example

    -Code examples

    -Functions

    -Looping with Conditionals


Nov. 16 Week 10

    - Continuing with Arduino programming

    - Writing Custom Functions

  • Libraries
  • Servos, sensors

Nov. 23 Week 11

    - Code examples

    - Visiting Artist: Diane Landry

    - Servos

    - RGB LED and Board hookup

    - Project Description HowTo.pdf

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


Nov. 30 Week 12

    - Final Project Descriptions Due

    - Analog I/O:

    - e.g. "analogRead(A0);"

    - 10-bit vs 8-bit (Counting in base 2 (10110101))

    - analogWrite(pin, 0-255); (flicker candle)

  • Finishing coding examples

Dec. 7 Week 13

    - In-class Workday

  • -

Dec. 14 Week 14

- Final Project Presentations

  • Simple circuits

(Classes end Dec. 16th.)