TEL3M Independent Study Projects (ISPs): Spring 2017

Independent Study Projects. Please read the philosophy of 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, possibly, a problem that needs a solution. Boyan Slat did at age 17 when he was in high school; four years later he was 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. Above all, remember this is your education. You can choose a path of little resistance, but who would you be short-changing?

You'll be expected to maintain the progress of your ISP so have your phone handy to at all times to capture the images of your journey. Be conscious of the fact that a two-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. -hard.

J. Case
The Flash Timer
A 555-based device, once activated, results in a 7-segment display counting down from 5s.
S. Farber
Wireless Electricity
Using AC Power and and inductor, a magnetic field will be generated and electrons transmitted.
C. Grant
Electronic Dice
This circuit will present 6 randomzed LEDs simulating the roll of a die.
J. Kruse
Electronic Dice
When a button is pressed LED will light up randomly to create a random number.
Lank, J.
Digital Logic Trainer
I will design a ndevice that will assist Junior ACES with learning logic.
Lenkov, W.
Chicken Thermometer
A thermometer thats displays the temperature of a chicken and that beeps when the temperature reaches 75°C. Note: The presentation could be fowl-smelling :(
MacMurray-Ramsay, M.
The objective of this circuit will be to construct a working LED or other light source.
Manson, C.
The Ohmmeter
This circuit will measure the resistance in a circuit or one single component.
Mazzuca, L.
0100 1100 0111 0101 0110 0011
X's and O's
(green and red)
This will be your traditional X's and O's game with colours instead of letters.
Mojsiak, O.
Light-Based Alarm Clock
This alarm clock will sound when someone turns the lights on or sun comes in through the window.
Newall, J.
RGB Flashlight
An RGB LED is controlled by a push button to switch between colours.
Ovenell, J.
Noise Detector
I will assemble a circuit that causes an LED to glow brighter and dimmer with the amount of noise in the environment,
Parker, J.
FSR Morse Code
A force-sensitive resistor (FSR) provides the input to a transistor that triggers a sound through a buzzer to simulate Morse Code.
Petersen, S.
Adding Device
Switches will provide binary inputs for two operands to a logic circuit that will add and present the sum on a seven-segment display.
Rigby, A.
Automatic Fan
A fan will controlled automatically, or manually, based on the temperature of the environment.
Smith, J.
Messages in Binary
Using bicolor LEDs, messages will be displayed in binary (red-1; green-0)
Tatoff, S.
Automatic Home-Lighting System
Infra-Red (IR) sensors will detect people in a room and turn on the lights. It will turn off when the room is empty.
Vassos, N.
Humidity Sensor
The circuit will monitor and present the humidity in the air.
Wang, W.
Music Tuner
This device will analyze a note and tell whether it is in tune, flat or sharp.
Webster, Z.
Model Railway
Level Crossing (MRLC)
Using breathing LEDs, DC motors, a speaker and a trip mechanism, the circuit will simulate a MRLC.
Woollcombe, N.
Password Tester
My circuit will use flip-flop memory to track the user's entry of a password.

Grade Contribution to Final Mark
S:M = 10%:30% = 40%
S:M:L = 10%:20%:30% = 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.