2022-2023 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. (Update: January 9, 2019) 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 DER 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.

2022-2023 ISP Commitments

ACE Short ISP (20%)
Saturday September 17
Medium ISP (20%)
Saturday January 14
Long ISP (20%)
Saturday April 1
Proposals >>> Short ISP Proposal Medium ISP Proposal Long ISP Proposal
Appleyard, S.

  1. Choir
  2. English
  3. Math
  4. Hardware
Bike Tool Carrier

DESCRIPTION These days, mountain bikes are incredibly advanced with near perfect shifting and suspension that makes the roughest terrain feel like you are going over a cloud. One serious flaw is having no solid solution to store your tools. While some brands offer very expensive options to integrate tools in your bike, there is not cheap and easy way to do so at the moment. My idea is for a tool holder that can be inserted into the steerer tube of a mountain bike. The tool holder would have a slot in it to hold the compact Specialized SWAT multi tool and would poke out of the headtube when the cap is removed using a spring. The tool would also have a storage container housed beneath the multi tool for small snacks or spare bolts. The storage container would be threaded on to the main body of the tool holder.
Electric Pencil Sharpener

DESCRIPTION While modern pencil sharpeners offer an easy and efficient method to sharpen most pencils, they are usually too underpowered to sharpen tougher wax pencils. The electric pencil sharpener that I will make for this project will contain a more powerful motor and sharpening head to deal will the added strain. The sharpener will have a clear acrylic shavings container below the pencil sharpener body to hold the shavings.
HARDWARE A simple circuit containing a 12v barrel jack as a power source connected to a switch and motor will be used.
DESIGN The case will be designed with a main body that houses the motor, barrel jack and switch with the sharpening mechanism attached to a geared motor and housed above a catch basin for the shavings. It will be designed using fusion 360 and 3D printed with the possibility of some milling.
MECHANICAL A 12V 400RPM motor will be used for the power of the pencil sharpener connected to a metal barrel jack on the back of the case and a flip switch on the side.

Car Body Design (with 'Features)

DESCRIPTIONWhile all of my ISPs to date have ended with a working product, the goal of this project is to learn how to work with curves in Fusion 360 with the end goal of designing a car body similar to a Mercedes Benz 300sl Gullwing or a 1970s Porsche 911, both containing iconic aerodynamic designs around the headlights. The car will also have acrylic front and rear windshields as well as 3D printed license plates.
DESIGN Body, plates, windshield...

Appleyard, T.

  1. Math
  2. Choir
  3. English
  4. Hardware
ACES Tool Box

DESCRIPTIONThis project will be a 3D printed toolbox design to be used by future ACES and to solve the problems that conventional tool boxes have. This tool box would have Multiple sliding drawers with places to store chips LED’s and much more as well as an opening at the top with a space large enough and the right size to store a breadboard so that your project doesn't get damaged in transport between the DES and wherever you may be bringing your toolbox.
DESIGN This project will make use of fusion 360 and potentially on acrylic lid to be able to see through to see all of your parts in the top.
MECHANICAL Hinges? Minimized friction?
Appleyard Fully Analog Clock

DESCRIPTION I chose this project because I love the design portion of all of my projects. In my previous watch winder ISP, I enjoyed the challenge of working with gears, and I am looking forward to exploring this field more in this ISP. I want to make a project that both challenges me, while also being a realistic idea of something that I might be able to create. I feel like this clock will embody both the design and engineering areas that I want to embody in this course and in the future.
HARDWARE Gears of some sort...
DESIGN For the design part of this project, the clock body will be designed in function 360. It will either be 3D printed, or CNC Milled out of aluminum. The rest of the clock is made up of a series of 3D-printed gears, as well as two 3D-printed hands. I may also choose to display the date on the clock. 
MECHANICAL The hardware portion of this project will involve a few key parts. It will have a small geared 3 volt motor powered by a coin battery. This motor will have an on off switch as well as having its speed regulated through a potentiometer. All of this will be managed on a PCB designed in Easy EDA.
Appleyard M. Bike Disk Break Rotor

DESCRIPTION Throughout my time in this course I've enjoyed all of my ISP’s, but the ones I have enjoyed the most have been the ones that have focused on design. for my final ISP at RSGC I wanted to do one that was entirely designed but that also solved the problem. With this information in hand I have decided to design and build using either CNC milling or laser cutting a mountain bike brake rotor that both dispersed heat well, looked good and was affordable. This will be designed in Fusion or Adobe Illustrator and made out of aluminum. aluminum has been chosen because it is highly conductive meaning that when the break is heating up under friction it will not retain its heat.
DESIGN Laser/CNC cut aluminum and steal (sic)

Elder, A.

  1. Math
  2. Media Arts
  3. AP Physics
  4. Hardware
Motorized Chair

DESCRIPTION I will attach two motors to two of the wheels. Then I will connect these motors two a RF receiver which will be connected to a RF transmitter inside of a controller made from scratch. This remote will have a joystick on it to be able to control the motors. I will use tank steering which means to turn left or right I will have the other side motor moving forward and the other motor moving backward. To go forward both motors are forward and same for backwards.
HARDWARE I will use a atmega328p which will be used for the joystick on the remote and sending and receiving the RF signal
SOFTWARE Arduino C: I will write code to be able to read the joystick outputs and be able to transmit them to the motors.
DESIGN I will make a 3d case for my JLCPCB PCB which will have my joystick on it and the RF transmitter.
COMMUNICATION I will us RF to transfer the data between the controller and the motors.
MECHANICAL I will use (???) motors to move the chair.

DESCRIPTION I selected this project since I am comfortable with software and I want to get into hardware and design more. This is why I have decided on a project that has no software and is heavy on hardware and design.
HARDWARE For the hardware part of this PROJECT, I will be using many mechanical parts to make the wheels spin. for example, I need to make the front wheels able to turn from a steering wheel which will need a mechanical system. I will also need gear shafts to be able to send the motors rotational torque to the wheels that are on the front and back of the go-cart.
SOFTWARE There is no coding needed for this build and I have chosen this project to have none since I am comfortable with coding more than hardware and design.
DESIGN I am using design to build the go-cart and how it will look. I will also need it to design where the seat, motor and pedals sit on the go-cart.
MECHANICAL Seriously? You need to ask?
Elder Auto Stair Climber

DESCRIPTION The Elder Auto Stair Climber will be able to go up any size of stairs and this will be done by its ability to sense the next stair in front with two sensors on the front of the Climber. It will also have wheels that will allow it to move itself to the set of stairs wanted and then climb.
HARDWARE ATtiny84, 6pin ISP, Sensors
MECHANICAL I will need a combination of motors that fit for each job such as stepper for the precision when moving the climber across and will use a DC motor for the wheels on the climber.

Mann Shaw, H.

  1. AP Math
  2. AP English
  3. AP Physics
  4. Hardware
Switch Mode Bench Power Supply

DESCRIPTION This project will be a power supply with both a current and voltage limiting dial. My goal is to have two separate parts for this project. The first part will be a switch mode power supply (SMPS) that is connected to mains voltage, and converts the 120 volts AC into high current 24 VDC. This SMPS will consist of a fuse and filter for the input signal, a rectifier, MOSFETs and a PWM driver, a small transformer, and a feedback loop on the output. The second part will be a buck/boost converter that the SMPS will tie into. This buck/boost converter will allow for the adjustment of voltage, and it will be modified to adjust current as well. I plan to have a 3D printed case for the SMPS and a smaller case for the buck/boost converter. There will also be an LCD display to show current and voltage readings from the sensors I will implement. I want to use the LCD because it gives me more freedom in how I display the measurements. Depending on how hot the power supply is getting, I may also include a fan or 2 to prevent overheating.
HARDWARE The 328P that I plan to use in this project will not have a huge number of roles, but it will aid in reading and displaying the current and voltage. If fans are required, it will also control them.
SOFTWARE Arduino C: Since this is not a primarily software project, and I am more interested in hardware/electrical engineering/physics, I plan on just using Arduino to code my LCD and to read the current and voltages from my sensors. To focus largely on the other parts of my project, I will likely use the LCD library, and no library will be necessary to read the measurements from my sensors or to control power to fans.
DESIGN I plan on designing a PCB for the entire SMPS, and will likely use stripboard for the sensors and ATmega328P circuit. I will design the PCB on Eagle and will order it through JLC. The PCB will be THT soldered parts unless there is a need for me to make some of them SMT. Like I mentioned, I plan on designing 2 3D printed cases, and I will do this through Fusion360. These cases will be designed to perfectly fit the LCD display as well as the input, and output power cable adapters.
MECHANICAL Fans would be the only mechanical part of the project if they are used.
Mann Shaw Soldering Station

DESCRIPTION I plan on building a soldering station for this ISP. I will purchase the soldering iron (one that is powered by 24VAC and comes with a built-in thermistor or thermocouple), and will build the driving circuit to power it. The driving circuit will consist of an MCU as well as a triac and op-amp/optocouplers where needed. Essentially, it will take the voltage input from the potentiometer, and then control the gate pin of a triac to change the amount of power the iron receives. The actual power will come from a toroidal transformer that I will purchase, that will be connected to mains voltage on  the primary, and the triac on the secondary. The driving circuit will also take a voltage input from the iron (from a voltage divider with a thermistor or from a thermocouple) which the MCU will convert to a temperature based on a trend found in experimental data. The set temperature and actual temperature will be displayed on an LCD. Finally, the entire station will be assembled into a 3D printed case with an attached soldering iron holder.
HARDWARE The MCU will take 2 inputs. First, it will take the potentiometer voltage input for the chosen temperature, and convert it to a temperature value. Second, it will take the voltage input from the iron which it will also turn into a temperature value. It will do this with a function that will be determined through graphing the relationship between voltage and temperature (determined experimentally). The MCU will then output the set and actual temperatures to the LCD display. It will also PWM the gate pin of the triac to control the input power to the iron’s heating element. When the real temperature is too high, it will lower the input power, and when the real temperature is too low it will raise the input. If the real temperature is correct, it will pulse the power on and off to keep the temp constant.
SOFTWARE The software will simply execute the details explained in the MCU section above. It will be in Arduino C, but possibly partly in assembly depending on the feasibility.
DESIGN I plan on designing a PCB on EAGLE for the driving circuit that will be ordered through JLC. Additionally, I will design a 2-part (they will fit together) 3D printed case on Fusion to house the entire project. Previous projects of mine have not been particularly pleasing for the eye, and so that will be a focus for improvement in this project.
COMMUNICATION I may use I2C for the LCD, but that would be it.
Inductance Meter

DESCRIPTION For many of my projects in the past that have involved transformers, chokes or any sort of coil winding, I would have benefitted from an easy method to measure inductance, especially for more advanced calculations. Unfortunately, the DMMs in the DES don’t offer an inductance measuring setting, and buying RCL meters online is fairly expensive. Additionally, measuring inductance requires some math and a circuit/function generator and scope, and so measuring it in the past has been annoying and difficult. Therefore, I plan to build a single function simple inductance meter so that I can measure the inductance of all the coils I have wound (and possibly fix my SMPS as the inductor might have been the problem). I plan to use an Arduino nano and a basic LC tank oscillator to calculate inductance. Essentially, LC tank circuits oscillate at the resonant frequency of the of the inductor capacitor pair. Thus, after pulsing the circuit and determining the frequency of oscillations with comparators and the nano, and with a known capacitor, the inductance can be calculated by the nano. It will then be displayed on an OLED and the whole circuit plus a battery for power will be housed in a 3D printed case. I will also use two female sockets compatible with ACES DMM probes so that inductors can easily be measured. This project is smaller than previous ones so that I have time to continue my soldering iron.
DESIGN This project will involve a 3D printed case and a custom PCB ordered from JLC and designed on EAGLE. It will be as small as possible.
COMMUNICATION Will use an I2C OLED display, but no details apart from that.

Muir, R.

  1. Math
  2. Media Arts
  3. AP Physics
  4. Hardware
Self Balancing Bi-Wheeled Robot

DESCRIPTION A Bi-Wheeled Robot that can balance on its own using a efficient feedback loop and the MPU-6050 sensor. The robot should be able to withstand small pushes and abuse without falling over. Implementing a potential control system using RF is also a possibility, but not a current goal for this project.
DESIGN The device will be mostly 3D printed, with the exception of a few parts such as the wheels which will need to be rubber for grip. A custom PCB will be used in order to save space
MECHANICAL The device will use precise stepper motors in order to control movement. These motors are nescisarry [sic] for their arcuate [sic] positioning and quick adjusting nature.
Muir Electric Longboard

DESCRIPTION I selected this project as a simple solution to the transportation problem I face in everyday life. I live close enough to the school for driving to seem wasteful, but too far to walk every day. Leaving my bike at the school is not a risk I like to take, so I needed a solution. With this device I will be able to get to school fast and on time, and leave it in my locker while in class, so I face no risk of theft. I feel like it is a challenging enough project that I can complete and optimize within the time frame given, and a good introduction into the world of CNC machining.
HARDWARE The project will consist of an old longboard with a power system and motor mount, which will propel the user to their desired speed. Through the use of a onboard controller this speed can be fine-tuned and adjusted. The motor mount will be CNC’D out of aluminum in order to maintain rigidity during use, and the remote casing will be 3D printed. A surface mount PCB mounted below the deck will handle all of the necessary calculations in order to have user friendly speed control.
SOFTWARE The project will need simple motor control software in order to function. Building user friendly code that allows for on the fly adjustments is a must, but other than that the code doesn’t need to be too complex. I plan to use PID control systems in order to convert a raw power input to a set-speed output, and simple physics equations in order to display speed.
DESIGN The design aspect of this project is heavy. The motor mount will need to be able to withstand heavy forces, so careful design of it is a must. A battery compartment must also be able to hold the 18650 cell group that the device needs to function. Protection of the battery’s and sleekness is a must, meaning sturdy PETG filament must be implemented for the print

Pocket Packet Sniffer

DESCRIPTION The Pocket Packet Sniffer is a portable device with an LCD screen which allows users to “sniff” wifi packets and display information about them on the screen.
DESIGN PCB along with 3D printed ergonomic case
COMMUNICATION The device uses 2.4 and 5 GHz communication in order to sniff the packets of data

Rogan, J.

  1. AP Math
  2. AP English
  3. AP Physics
  4. Hardware
Solid-State Tesla Coil

DESCRIPTION The Solid-State Tesla Coil will use mains voltage to create impressive corona discharge at a frequency that is easily adjustable with potentiometers. The hardware concepts necessary for this project are optimization of timing with 555’s, feedback (because it is a closed-loop oscillatory system), MOSFET driving, electromagnetic induction, and transformer operation. Design is also integral to this project, as the secondary winding must be done carefully for greater efficiency.
HARDWARE ICs: 555, 3732x (1,2), 74HC14.
DESIGN Winding mechanism and Toroid skeleton made in Fusion 360, 1 or 2 PCBs designed in Eagle
BLDC Motor

DESCRIPTION This project is challenging and will advance my skills in all three domains of the course. It is ambitious on the design side, which I am excited about. Also, I have been researching this type of motor/generator for several months, so I am excited to start designing and building it.
HARDWARE On the Hardware side, an Arduino BLDC (Brushless Direct Current) motor driver will be created using six MOSFETs in full-bridge configuration driven by three half-bridge drivers. Hall effect sensors will also be used for timing purposes.
SOFTWARE For software, I will take advantage of the ATmega328’s built-in timing registers, as well as some high-level Arduino language, in order to send the appropriate signals to the MOSFET Drivers. I will get feedback from the motor using three hall sensors (one per phase).
DESIGN The motor will be modelled in Fusion360, and from there, the required parts will be purchased / 3D printed / CNC machined. Additionally, a coil former will be created in fusion360 to allow for uniform winding of all six stator coils. The motor will use an axial-flux topology, which means the magnetic flux lines are parallel to the axis of rotation. This is an inversion of typical DC motors, which use radial-flux configurations. I chose axial-flux because it allows for a broader range of magnet shapes, saving me time and money.
MECHANICAL Its very essence...
BLDC Motor Driver


The BLDC motor driver will take a wide range of voltages (approx. 15V-40V) and convert this DC voltage into three (approximate) sine waves that are 120 degrees out of phase from one another. This will mimic the EMF curves out of the three phases of the Axial Flux Alternator, enabling it to run as a motor. As is shown in the block diagram, the base circuit will consist of:

  • An MCU that will handle timing and creation of the signals.
  • Three MOSFET drivers to amplify the signals.
  • Six N-Channel MOSFETs wired in full bridge configuration to control the three phases.
The MOSFET drivers and MCU need lower voltages than required by the motor, so the PCB will also include a buck converter circuit. Finally, in order to optimize the driver’s ability to coordinate the sine waves with the rotor position, three hall effect sensors are implemented for feedback, enabling the driver to know, within 60 degrees of accuracy, the position of the rotor.
SOFTWARE Register-Level C

Reuse of Axial Flux Alternator
Shea, E.

  1. AP Math
  2. English
  3. AP Physics
  4. Hardware
Magic Chess Board

DESCRIPTION The Magic Chess board is a chess board that will use a magnet to move the pieces from underneath the board. Two servos will control belts that will allow the electromagnet to move from one square to another in order to pick up different pieces.
HARDWARE 328P (Nano), Stepper Motors
MECHANICAL Steppers, Servos?

SMS GPS Tracker

DESCRIPTION The SMS GPS tracker will consist of a box with both a SIM800 Module which is a module that is capable of sending and receiving SMS text messages as well as a BN series GPS Module which is capable of finding its coordinates to within 2-3 meters. Once the user sends a message to the tracker the tracker will respond with the coordinates of itself. It will be inside a 3D printed box with a Custom PCB inside.
HARDWARE This build will also make use of the SIM800 module as well a BN series GPS module
SOFTWARE Libraries: TinyGPS++,  SoftwareSerial.
DESIGN There will be a custom PCB as well as a 3d printed case
Shea Steering Wheel

DESCRIPTION This build will have aspects of all three domains, the hardware will be the circuit supporting a potentiometer that will be read to determine at what angle the steering wheel is at and send that to a computer using a USB to TTL adapter, the software will consist of two different parts, an Arduino part where the code supporting this circuit is written and a processing part where there is a simple 2D game showing the steering wheel controlling something.
HARDWARE 328P, 6pin ISP, potentiometer, USB-TTL Cable
SOFTWARE C & Java & Processing

Strain, J.

  1. Spare
  2. English
  3. Math
  4. Hardware
RGB Matrix Made EZ V3

DESCRIPTION This project was inspired by the H. Reed Matrix Made EZ and O. Logush Scrolling Message Board. An RGB Matrix will be supported by both the SN74595 shift registers and TPIC595 register. Additionally, scrolling features will be available by multiplexing using the MAX7221 IC as three 8x8 matrices will be incorporated. Using persistence of vision LEDs will also have the ability to be dimmed and fade in and out. The intent of this project is to simplify the process of building an LED matrix circuit for Jr ACES.
HARDWARE My project will be compatible with both the 328P and ATtiny84 MCUs.
SOFTWARE Arduino C, SPI Library Max72XX Lib
DESIGN Eagle is the platform where i will design my PCB and i will use the services of JLCPCB for the manufacturing process. Additionally, there will be a small 3D printed encasement for matrices with an open top for easy visibility.
CHUMP: Control EEPROM Logic

DESCRIPTION To increase the processing speed of my CHUMP computer I have decided to replace the control EEPROM IC with a combinational logic circuit. The parts in this project include the TTL 74LS08, 7400, 7432, and 7411. An encasement or platform will be used to elevate the circuit board to equal height as a breadboard to fit seamlessly next to CHUMP on the ABRA 4 breadboard setup. Lastly, there will be female header pins to connect the required inputs and outputs from the PCB to the breadboard. This circuit will output the necessary select, mode, carry, accumulator enable and read/write bits necessary to process the instruction set given by the Program EEPROM. Additionally, I have decided to remove the subtract instruction and replace it with the NAND instruction and I will add the XOR instruction. This will allow my four-bit CHUMP computer to have more flexibility in the programs I can execute.
HARDWARE I will use the 328P and the Arduino to verify my logic in software before ordering the PCB to test to see if my Boolean algebra outputs the correct truth table for all instructions.
SOFTWARE No libraries are needed for this project. The software for this project will be low level C and I will attempt to write in Assembly Language for the challenge and interesting learning experience. The majority of assembly in this project will be writing to the DDR and Port registers.
DESIGN I will be printing a custom JLC circuit board for this project. The circuit will be on display with either a 3D printed mold for the platform designed in fusion 360 or foam board to give the board some elevation.
Successive Approximation Register Analog Digital Converter (SAR ADC).

DESCRIPTION The 8(?)–bit Strain Successive Approximation Register Analog Digital Converter will convert an analog input voltage signal into a respective 8-bit binary value. The main ICs for this build include 74HC08 CMOS AND gates, 74HC04 not gates, 74HC273 Octal D-FF, 74LF398 monolithic sample and hold IC, R-2R configuration DAC, an astable multivibrator circuit and the LM393 comparator. This SAR will be connected to a potentiometer to change the input voltage and demonstrate the scaling of LEDs. Additionally for test purposes an LDR or a thermistor will be tested with this circuit. Finally, the outputs of this circuit will be connected to an MCU to demonstrate the conversion results from an LDR or temperature sensor.
HARDWARE Logic ICs. No microcontroller in this project ISP headers are not needed for the purpose of flashing an MCU. There will be female ISP headers to provide power, ground, and to connect the outputs to an MCU to read the digital 0s and 1s corresponding to the analog voltage from external device (LDR, Thermistor, TMP36).
SOFTWARE NA (Assembly?)
DESIGN The custom PCB is created with EasyEDA software and will manufactured by JLCPCB. A Fusion 360 enclosure will be designed and printed with inner walls for the PCB to sit and screw holes to close off the case and demonstrate a neat and tidy final design.

2022/2023 Short ISP Choices
ISPs are gifts. The best choice for you is the one that fits well with your interests, as well as strengths, and blows the doors of your future opportunities wide open! It takes CONSIDERABLE time and reflection to make the BEST ISP choices but, the good news is that this year you have more options than ever before. For the 2022/2023 ICS4U-E year, the starting point for your Short ISP could come from any of the following areas (no group projects and no duplications),

  1. Reverse Engineer any existing device with digital circuitry
  2. Identify a commercially-available device and design and manufacture it BETTER!
  3. Select a component from the gallery below (I will supply it, if necessary) and create a project that incorporates it into something wonderful
  4. Research Short ISP component choices from previous years (discuss with me first to avoid redundancy and duplication) and complete the step above.
Digital Voltmeter
Digital Ammeter
Digital Temperture
Rugged Metal Button
Vacuum Forming, & Production
MAYKU Formbox
3D Design and Printing

ARM Cortex-M7 @ 600 MHz:
Teensy 4.0
SMT Assembled PCBs
ACES DMM Concept ?
CNC Foam?:
Mint Tin Packaging

Laser Pointer/Follower System
Software Library (MSGEQ7?)

Water Flow Sensor
Seeed Studio:
Water Flow Sensor Kit
Large Analog Voltmeter
Analog Ammeter

Medium ISP (SMD & CAD)

As you wind up the final two terms 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 Surface Mount Technology and Design. For this reason, you best be prepared. This ISP round you will refine your SMD and CAD skills to showcase your Design skills in preparation for the opportunities that await you in the next few years.

Your Medium ISP goal (20% of your final mark) should include the slimmest of useful DES devices consisting of a custom PCB, populated with SMT parts, and encased or hosting (Truth Be Told, Mastermind) 3D printed components in the thinnest form possible (think wallet-size proportions). You have two months. Our 3D Printing TAs, and either JLCPCB or DirtyPCBs are all about to get a serious Sr. ACES workout.

Should you be stuck for a meaningful project, consider a DDPv7 Legacy Shield to complement or replace the ones we already have (Intersection, ADC, Universal v1 or Universal v2). The only stipulation I impose is that these devices must remain compatible with our current EAGLE DDPv7/Shield files.

Download and review the updated Medium ISP Proposal. This Word version I would ask that you edit, attach, and email on Saturday January 14, 2023 under the Subject Line: Medium ISP Proposal.


Long ISP (THT and/or SMT, Fixed or Flex)

Download and review the updated Long ISP Proposal. This Word version I would ask that you edit, attach, and email to on Monday February 21, 2022 under the Subject Line: Long ISP Proposal.

Electronic control over your final ACES ISP must be in the form of custom PCB populated with either through hole and/or surface mount components. In the case of the latter, you can consider taking your design to the next level, in the form of a Flex circuit that will be laminated into a page of your DER. If your circuit proves fully functional a flexible 3.5V, 150 mA Powerfilm solar cell will be included in the lamination so that that viewers of your creativity will marvel at when shown the light of day!

The Flex Circuit concept was first introduced into the ACES curriculum in the 2015/2016 TEI4M year with some impressive results. Where the attempts since have failed is whren the designer becomes too ambitious. If you choose this route, I require that you keep it SIMPLE. (LEDs and resistors only?) Your Medium ISP requirements provided you with valuable experience that should improve your likelihood of success as will be a small project this term that requires the use of the ACES ATtiny85 SMD Trainer. The examples below are too ambitious for us but each offers a unique feature you may wish to consider,



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.

Grade Contribution to Final Mark