2017-2018 TEI4M Independent Study Projects (ISPs)

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

Short ISP Design Progress
Saturday 3D Print Jobs CAD files to Mr. Elia
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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 in the hands of future ACES, for sale in the Dragon's Lair or beyond, reaching an even a broader audience.

Short ISP Options

  1. (Mechanical) Ball Bearing
  2. (Electrical/Computer/Software) AT28C17 EEPROM Burner, ZIF Socket, Arduino Shield
  3. (Computer/Software) Mojo FPGA (Electrical//Mechanical) Thermocouple
  4. (Design/Electrical/Software) Large 12V CA Seven-Segment Display
  5. (Electrical/Software) DC Fan. 4-wire: 12V, GND, Tach (Feedback) wire + PWM wire (for PID Control)
  6. (Mechanical, Electrical) Subminiature 5V Relay
  7. (Electrical, Novelty) Staples Easy Button with Voice Recording Kit
  8. (Mechanical, Electrical) 12V Solenoid Switch

ACE Short (4-6 weeks) Medium (6-7 weeks) Flex Circuit (2 weeks) Long (8 weeks)
Canavan, S.

Part: 12V Solenoid
Title: 'Automated' Pinball Machine
Description: The pinball will use a solenoid to shoot a ball up and when the ball has come close to the paddles it will trigger an infrared sensor that is connected to stepper motors that will move the paddles and strike the ball.
Power: 12V
Processor: Mega328P
CAD: The Paddles

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Dadyburjor, D.

Part: Large 7-Segment Display (CA)
Title: Day Clock
Description: Provide a superior day clock to replace the existing day clock with a two-piece case.
Power: 12V
Processor: ATmeg329P
CAD: The two-piece case

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Logush, O.

Part: Ball Bearing
Title: Rail Gun
Description: The ball bearing will be accelerated through a 3D printed track. Electromagnets will supply the acceleration. Once it reaches the end of the track it will shoot out, becoming a 'dangerous' projectile :)
Power: 12V
Processor: ATmega328P
CAD: The rail

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McAuliffe, E.
Part: 5V Relay
Title: Relay Logic Adder
Description:This project uses relay logic to add 2 nibbles together to output the sum on LEDs
Power: 5V
Processor: Atmega328P
CAD: Box/Case
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Morland, T.
Part: Thermoelectric Cooler (Peltier Tile)
Title: USB Cup Cooler
Description: Use a Peltier device coupled with an active heat sink to cool a cup of hot liquid.
Power: 5V
Processor: ATmega328P
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Peterson, E.
Part: AT28C17 EEPROM, ZIF Socket & Arduino Shield
Title: EEPROM Burner
Description:This EEPROM Burner will use an Arduino to write to the EEPROM IC to permit Grade 12s to program their CHUMP processors developed in class. Possible PCB and/or case in lieu of Shield.
Power: 5V
Processor: ATmega328P
CAD: A case
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Schaffer, J.
Part: EASY Button and Digital Recorder
Title: Recordable EASY Button
Description: I will modify the EASY Button to output customized voice recordings.
Power: 9V
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CAD: The Button Box
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Sheeres-Paulicpulle, A.

Part: 12V DC Fan
Title: Automatic Cooler
Description: A temperature sensor will be cooled by a fan. until as desired temperature is reached. The fan will then remain on to keep it at that temperature.
Power: 12V
Processor: ATmega328P
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Grade Contribution to Final Mark
10
30%
11
50%
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.