2018-2019 ICS4U 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 solution. 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 (JA, GB, JC, KFA, AH, SK, DR, HR) Proposal Form: Short ISP Proposal with Design

  1. Reflow Oven (Bake a transparent Arduino by the end of the year - see below)
  2. Outdoor Campus Wireless Weather Station: BME280 + NRF24L01
  3. ACES DMM (Smart Tweezers?)
  4. Rubik's Cube Solver with RGB Colour Sensing Scheme (3x3 Matrix)
  5. Analog to Digital Conversion Device (Class Set for Grade 6)
  6. VAWT (Vertical Axis Wind Turbine), Tutorial, More turbine designs
  7. Mechanical, coloured acrylic geared DES Wall Clock (Could Ketchum Hall be next? Out of Wood? Legacy Project? Hmmm)
  8. 360° Motorized Turntable for Project Demonstratons or MIT's SPIN Project
  9. Elevator (Lift) with Arduino-based Control Panel
  10. Our CNC Machine (Milled PB Machines)
  11. Wireless Jeopardy-style button system (for R42T) using the NRF24L01 as a multiceiver controlling up to 6 satellite transceivers. (Curious: R42T backward is T24R which is precisely what this device does: Transmit @2.4GHz to a Receiver! Weird :)
  12. Portable Function Generator?
ACES DMM
(to be included in all
2019-2020 Grade 10 kits)
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ACE Short ISP
(4 weeks)
Medium ISP
(7 weeks)
SMD Flex Circuit
(3 weeks)
Long ISP
(8 weeks)
Benson, G.
Wind Power Turbine
Description: This proof-of-concept Vertical Axis Wind Turbine (VAWT) will prove capable of charging batteries.
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Corley, J
Elevator
Description: I will produce an elevating device using a unique spring-based drive mechanism of my own design
CAD: Structure and housing
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Fiset-Algarvio, K.
Rubik's Cube Solver
Description: My project will allow solve a rubik's cube of random inital arrangement. IT can be done in 25 moves or less and I intend to confirm this.
CAD: Rack&pinion gear system, grippers
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Hodgson, A.
Controleo3 Reflow Oven
Part: B&D Toaster Oven
Description: I will build a Reflow Oven for the DES so all ACES can use it to for surface mount soldering.
Power: AC/DC
CAD: I will demonstrate the soldering of an SMD PCB
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Knezevic, S.
Mechanical Geared DES Wall Clock
Description: The goal is to produce a mechanical clock based on a timer mechanism, a motor, and gears for the THREE hands.
CAD: Acrylic Gears
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Raymond, D.
Video Turntable
Description: This project has a speed-controlled rotating platform a white backdrop and phone mount. This DES asset can be used by all ACES to gather media for their own project creations.
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Reed, H.
Wireless Weather Station
Part: Anemometer & others
Description: This device will be mounted on a campus roof to gather and transmit wind and atmospheric data to a display unit in the DES.
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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.