2019-2020 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 Selection,. We need 9 (JD, FF, JL, LM, MM, CM, JP, SP, EP). Proposal Form: Short ISP Proposal with Design

  1. Updated DES Scrolling Message Board
  2. ACES DMM (Smart Tweezers?)
  3. (Mechanical Engineers?) 360° Motorized Turntable for Project Demonstrations (Gear Generator)
  4. Solar Turntable (Sanded, primed, and painted:Finishing 3D Prints)
  5. Underlit Display Base
  6. Feel free to propose projects knowing they may not be yours to undertake ...
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Updated DES
Scrolling Message Board
SMART TWEEZERS
(to be included in all
2020-2021 Grade 10 kits?)
5V TURNTABLE
RSGC ACES
SOLAR TURNTABLE
UNDERLIT DISPLAY BASE ? ?
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Medium ISP (SMD & CAD)

As you wind up the final six months of your secondary education it is time to both advance and lock in your burgeoning engineering skills. Whereas through-hole technology (THT) has had a good run over the past few decades, the future is ALL Surface Mount Technology and Design. For this reason, you best be prepared. This ISP round you are required to hone and showcase your SMTD skills in preparation for the opportunities that await you in the next few years.

Your Medium ISP goal (20% of your final mark) is to create the slimmest of useful devices consisting of a custom PCB, populated with SMT parts, and encased in the thinnest CAD case possible (think wallet-size proportions). You have TWO months. Allan's Reflow Oven, our suite of 3D printers, and Dirty PCBs are all about to get a serious RSGC ACES workout. This is good preparation for your Long ISP (30% of your final mark) which is an even thinner solar-powered flex circuit that will be laminated into your ER.

Download and review the updated Medium ISP Proposal. This Word version I would ask that you edit, attach, and email to handin by START of class on Monday January 13, 2020 under the Subject Line: Medium ISP Proposal.

Long ISP (SMD & CAD). TBA.

ACE Short ISP (10%)
(September 5 - 4 weeks)
Medium ISP (20%)
(January 7 - 6 weeks)
Long ISP (30%)
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SMD Flex Circuit
(April ? - 4 weeks)
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Grade Contribution to Final Mark
10
30%
11
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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.