2018-2019 ICS3U Independent Study Projects (ISPs)

Independent Study Projects. Please read our overview on why ACES pursue Independent Study Projects so vigorously.

To my mind, the characteristics of a great project include such aspects as imagination, creativity, a degree of risk and, sometimes, even simplicity, to name a few. Check out the flashlight circuit 'board' this guy made out of little more that a piece of paper and a pencil? Simple, but inspiring. Consider a problem that needs a solutions. Boyan Slat did at age 17 when he was in high school; four years later he is cleaning up the world's oceans. So, dig in, think, dream, research, and explore possible project pursuits. Be discerning: don't accept the first thing that comes along. You'll be expected to maintain the progress of your ISP on your web page to enable everyone to follow your efforts so have your phone handy to at all times to capture the images of your journey. Be conscious of the fact that a multi-page summary of your project will appear in your ER after Presentation Day for more permanent record of your efforts. You may wish to take into account the ISP Evaluation document that will be applied on your Presentation Day.

Also, don't underestimate the value of an enterprise/entrepreneurial aspect to your project that could see a number of units of your project for sale in the Dragon's Lair or beyond, reaching an even a broader audience.

ACE 1 2 3 Medium ISP (6 weeks:Jan-Feb) Legacy PCB/Appliance Long ISP (8 weeks: Mar-May)
Barkway, D.
S H D
Distortion Pedal
 
Carson, R.
H D S
Cellphone Jammer
 
Dolgin, J.
D H S
Smart Waste Bin
 
Dreger, B.
D S H
Heavy Sleeper Alarm
 
Fatola, F.
H S D
Speed-Dependent Match Maker
 
Kingsley, Z.
D H S
Robotic Claw Arm
 
Lank, J.
H D S
Skittles Sorting Machine
 
Macdonald, C.
H D S
Mini Weather Station
 
Mazzuca, L.
H S D
Fencing Scoring Board
 
McCutcheon, M.
H D S
LED Visual Equalizer
 
McFarlane, O.
D H S
A 'Counting Circuit' PCB
 
Parker, J.
H D S
RSGC Sonar Mk I
 
Peterson, S.
S H D
LED Matrix Tilt Machine
 
Pyper, E.
H D S
Claw Machine
 
Rigby, A.
S H D
Piano Music Maker
 
Vassos, N.
D H S
'Simon Says' Machine
 
Watson, L.
H S D
Wire Cutting Machine
 
Wilkinson, F.
H S D
Pulse Monitor
 
Woollcombe, N.
S H D
RFID Door Lock
 


Grade Contribution to Final Mark
10
30%
11
40%
12
60%

For the bulk of your formal education you have been, and will continue to be, required to consume curriculum chosen for you by someone else. Fortunately (hopefully) you will put this knowledge and skill to good use in your future. However, jumping through someone else's hoops alone does not, typically, secure future success. For that, you must demonstrate your own initiative, motivation, and passion. These qualities need to be cultivated and our Grade 10 hardware course is a perfect place to start. There is so much to learn and there are so many great projects out there that offer stimulating contexts within which to develop and refine your interests.

Barkway: This is a device that can be connected to a guitar to distort sound and change the loudness of it. CAD will be employed to design and print a case for the device.
Carson: A device that blocks electronics from receiving calls or Wi-Fi signals, housed in a custom 3D designed and printed case.
Dolgin: A 3D designed trash bin with placement tray. Once an ultrasonic sensor detects an object in the tray, it will lift the tray and place the contents in a larger reservoir. Another sensor is employed to monitor the available capacity of the bin and displays this result on a bargraph.
Dreger: This device employs a wireless keypad for activation/deactivation. The clock housing and remote case will be designed in CAD and printed.
Fatola: Players have to match numbers on 2 7-segment displays with 1 7-segment display presenting a randomly-generated number from 0 to 9 at a certain speed. The speed depends on the speed which an object passes a through a pair of proximity sensors.
Kingsley: I will be designing a robotic claw in CAD and 3D printing it. Servo motors will be employed to move the claw, controlled by an Arduino.
Lank: This machine employs an Adafruit color sensor to determine the colour of a Skittle. A stepper motor will be employed to relocate the object to its correct colour bin with the help of 3D designed and printed parts.
Macdonald: This station will monitor temperature, air pressure, altitude, humidity and possibly other features. A 3D designed and printed case will house the station.
Mazzuca: Ideally, the board would have two matrices (?) (1 per fencer) that will display the points each fencer has accumulated and when a fencer's sword has hit metal, The CAD aspect will be the employed to create the enclosure.
McCutcheon: A sound-reactive circuit that will divide up audio input (microphone/line in) into several different frequencies and then display it as a visual animation (matrix/bargraph).
McFarlane: Using EAGLE, a PCB will be designed that includes all of the visible steps incorporated in the culminating Grade 10 ACES project of the same name. This device gives the Grade 10s an opportunity to take their project to a polished level.
Parker: An ultrasonic sensor mounted on a motor and housed in a 3D printed case. It will spin the sensor around to give the same effect as a traditional radar station with a connected siren.
Peterson: An LED is tilted on a matrix under the influence of a signal from an IMU that uses a gyroscope and accelerometer. The software will use my custom LED Matrix library. A EAGLE-designed PCB will be employed and encased in a 3D-printed or friction-fit, laser cut housing.
Pyper: This is a game in which a motor controls a claw that picks up objects. CAD is employed to make various parts, such as the claw.
Rigby: Switches are used to set a particular note before the master is set to play back the sequence. Notes are displayed on an LCD Screen. The project is housed in a custom case with the notes embossed on the shell.
Vassos: It is the classic Simon memory game employing 4 LEDs that flash in a sequence that must be repeated by the player pressing buttons. If you fail to repeat the sequence, you lose. Housing will be designed with ViaCAD and 3D printed.
Watson: I am going to make a wire-cutting machine that will cut wire to a predetermined length. An LCD monitors the length of the cutting process and signals when it is complete. Some form of encasement will be designed. Time permitting, I will try to incorporate a stripping feature.
Wilkinson: This device is a heart and BPM Monitor. The custom housing and sensor casing will be designed and printed.
Woollcombe: I will create a door lock that is able to be locked and unlocked through the use of an RFID card. The door will employ a servo motor to manipulate a bolt. CAD will be employed to design a case.