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ICD2O 2023-2024
ARDUINO: Input and Output and other Fundamental Software Concepts
CLASS Section 1 Section 2 Section 3 SUPPLEMENTAL
77
May 24/28
Final (3-Hour) Class
8:30 - 11:30 (May 24)
Break: 10:15 - 10:30
HH
Final (3-Hour) Class
12:15 - 3:00 (May 24)
Break: 1:50 - 2:05
Final (3-Hour) Class
8:30 - 11:30 (May 28)
Break: 10:15 - 10:30
AB SR
Project 1.6.3
ISP DER Due
76
May 22
DER Preparations
Presentations
JDS BM NA
Presentations
TP WX QM NLN NFS NW
VICTORIA DAY LONG WEEKEND (May 17 - 20)
CLASS Section 1 Section 2 Section 3 SUPPLEMENTAL
75
May 16
Presentations
FH OK EM LM SS
Presentations
JL AS JoS SS JaS NS JT TW
Presentations
TLa AK NK KM RN DO JP
74
May 14
Presentations
HB GB NC PD
Presentations
AC SH TLa WR
Presentations
TLo HGa HGi EH CL
Project 1.6.2
ISP Presentations
CLASS Section 1 Section 2 Section 3 SUPPLEMENTAL
73
May 10
ISP Work Period
ISP Work Period
ISP Work Period
72
May 8
ISP Work Period
ISP Work Period
ISP Work Period
71
May 6
ISP Work Period
ISP Work Period
ISP Work Period
CLASS REFERENCE SUPPORT CONCEPTS SUPPLEMENTAL
70
May 2
Review Homework
TempTable
++a, --a, a++, a--
a+=2, a-=3, a*=5
a/=10, a%=10
C++ Operators and Precedence
Prefix and Postfix
Increment and Decrement

Compound Assignment
69
Apr 30
Review Homework
PotPWM
Deadline for
Perma-Proto Case Requests
to Mr. D. 's Personal Email Account
Scaling Your Data
map() and constrain()
First look at Iteration:
for (initialization; condition; increment)
CLASS REFERENCE SUPPORT CONCEPTS SUPPLEMENTAL
68
Apr 26
Asynchronous Day
67
Apr 24
Mr. D. Absent
ISP Work Period
66
Apr 22
Review Homework
If...else Ladder
Section 1
ADC, Temperature
Great Code is Modular
Functions
CLASS REFERENCE SUPPORT CONCEPTS SUPPLEMENTAL
65
Apr 18
Review Homework
Temperature
Conversion
Arduino Serial Monitor employs
Unicode UTF-8 Encoding
The char Data Type
Deeper Dive into
Serial.print and Serial.write
Character Encoding Standards
The ASCII Table
Unicode
Order this Stripboard
for an ACES Case
64
Apr 16
Review Homework
ADC
Anka's Solution :)
Adafruit's
Perma-Proto Boards
RSGC ACES'
Perma-Proto Cases

Floating Point Numbers
float
Mapping your ADC Reading to Voltage
Serial Plotter:
Legends and Taming Autoscaling
CLASS REFERENCE SUPPORT CONCEPTS SUPPLEMENTAL
63
Apr 12
Review Homework
Logic
Noise Reduction
Adding a 0.1 μF
filter cap
(10-bit) Analog Input

Serial Plotter

Beware: AutoRanging!
62
Apr 10
Review Homework
RGBLED
Nathan's Solution :)
Burning the Bootloader
C++ Operators and Precedence
Down Memory Lane....
(NOT, AND, OR, XOR)
Software Emulation of
Digital Logic

(!, &&, ||, ^)
Two more #defines:
true, false
Control Structure: if
Sparkfun AVR
Pocket Programmer


Must
Know!


Bounce!
Mechanical Switches as Digital Inputs
Boeing's Big Mistake?
What happens in hardware, stays in hardware :)
Wire an RC Debounce circuit!
We need to smooth out
the state transition...
Button or Switch
contacts can lead to
false readings...:(

61
Apr 8
RSGC ACES'
Mandelbrot Eclipse
Digital Input
digitalRead()
CLASS REFERENCE SUPPORT CONCEPTS SUPPLEMENTAL
60
Apr 4
Assignment
Statements

in Arduino Sketches
59
Apr 2
Digital Output
Coding optical output devices
Bicolor LED
Schaffer Traffic Light
Current Maximums, Auto Format
Tips: Towards Better Code
EASTER LONG WEEKEND (March 29 - April 1)
LANGUAGE INTEGER DATA TYPES C/C++ OPERATOR PRECEDENCE SERIAL
CLASS REFERENCE SUPPORT CONCEPTS SUPPLEMENTAL
58
Mar 27
ISP Proposal Discussion
Confirming your
Arduino IDE Installation
Concepts: Sketch, Ports, Pins
Functions: pinMode(), digitalWrite()
Constants: INPUT, OUTPUT, LOW, HIGH
Project 1.6.1
ISP Proposal Due
57
(Mon)
Mar 25
ICD2O ISP Proposal
Asynchronous Day
Setting up your
Arduino Programming Environment
How To install Arduino on a Mac
(ignore the first 30s as your hardware
is an Arduino Nano
)
Download and install
the Arduino Software

MARCH BREAK (March 11-22)
DIGITAL 3: OpAmps (as Comparator), the 555 Timer IC and Inductors
CLASS REFERENCE SUPPORT CONCEPTS SUPPLEMENTAL
56
Mar 7
Axial Inductor


MAKE SURE!!!
you have the items to the left
in your kit for the START
of the third term
(Arduino Nano, Cable and
Sparkfun Pocket Programmer)
Otherwise, order them from Amazon


Soldering and Assembly of
The Joule Thief

Project 1.6
55
Mar 5
Electromagnetism
Faraday's law
Lenz's law
Toroid Rings

ACES Frame Player:
Toroid Winding

AfroTechMods
Inductor Basics
Simple Boost Converter


Make a
Joule Thief


The Original
How to Make
a Joule Thief

How a Joule Thief Works
Inductor Types


Reclaiming 'Dead' Batteries
Simple Boost Converter

The Inductor

Boost Converter

Joule Thief

CLASS REFERENCE SUPPORT CONCEPTS SUPPLEMENTAL
54
Mar 1

UK Traffic Light Sequence
Remember....
The 4017 Decade Counter?
53
Feb 28
Recall the SR Latch...

Falstad Simulations:

555 Square Wave
555 with Internals

555 Timer Tutorial
The 555 Time Machine
ACES' Frame Player: 555


Eater: Astable 555 Timer
555 Astable Calculator
555 Timer Projects
52
Feb 26
The LM741
Operational Amplifier
(Op Amp)
ACES Frame Player:
Operation Amplifiers (OpAmps)
EEVblog: Operational Amplifiers
DIGITAL 2: COUNTING CIRCUIT
CLASS REFERENCE SUPPORT CONCEPTS SUPPLEMENTAL
51
Feb 22
Project 1.5
Counting Circuit
Wrapup
Counting Circuit
HB GB NC PD FH
HH OK* EM* LM SS
NA AC JDS SH TLa JL
BM WR* AS* JoS SS*
JaS* NS JT* TW
AB HGa HGi* EH NK AK
TLa NLN** CL TLo QM
KM RN DO JP* TP SR
NFS NW* WX
50
Feb 20

3D View
Stage H:
Counting Circuit Case

Counting Circuit Encased
1.5 (H)
49
Feb 14


Stage G:
Counting Circuit PCB

and Supplemental Parts
Stage G Soldering Tips
No Breadboard ?
No Problem !

ISP Idea ???
48
Feb 12

Variations on D. Decimal Counting
NGO Frequency, 4510
Counting Circuit
E. Binary Coded Decimal (BCD) Decoder

The 4511 BCD to 7-Segment Decoder
Click for

Interfacing Strategy

1.5 (E&F)
CLASS REFERENCE SUPPORT CONCEPTS SUPPLEMENTAL
47
Feb 8


Counting Circuit
D. Decimal Counting
Binary Up/Down Counter (4510/4516)

The 4516 Up/Down (0-15) Counter

1.5 (D)
46
Feb 6


Counting Circuit
C. Decade Counter (4017)
NGO Square Wave Output as Clock Input
to our
FIRST Specialized IC:
The 4017 Decade Counter
RSGC ACES: Decade Counter

Project Idea:
Stripboard Traffic Light


UK Traffic Light Sequence
1.5 (C)
CLASS REFERENCE SUPPORT CONCEPTS SUPPLEMENTAL
45
Feb 2

Counting Circuit
Explore changes to
RC1 and RC2 components


Analog and Digital Interfacing Example:
The Potentiometer into a NAND Gate?
Fill/Drain Animations:
RC2-0.01uF, RC2-0.1uF


1.5 (B)
44
Jan 31

B. NAND Gate Oscillator (4011) Part 2
1N4148
Small Signal Diode
43
Jan 29
Counting Circuit
A. Button Input
Animations: tp1, tp2, 3
B. NAND Gate Oscillator (4011) Part 1
Animation:
TP3, RC Drain


1.5
Your ultimate Counting Circuit goal, 8 classes from now, as S. Appleyard achieved in early 2021...
DIGITAL 1: INTEGRATED CIRCUITS: DIGITAL LOGIC CIRCUITS (COMBINATIONAL and SEQUENTIAL)
CLASS REFERENCE SUPPORT CONCEPTS SUPPLEMENTAL
42
Jan 25

NAND Gate Emulation

NAND Gate Emulation:
NOT, OR, XOR

Falstad:
XOR Emulation
1-Bit Memory. Part 2.
The Set/Reset (SR) Latch
CD4011 NAND Latch (Active LOW)
The SR Latch
Falstad: SR Latches
Application: Debouncing
41
Jan 23

Flash Computer Memory
NOR vs NAND

Must Watch Videos:
The SR Latch
Eater: SR Latch (NOR-4001)
Logic Circuits:
Combinational vs Sequential
Sequential Logic Circuits (1:46)
Origins of FLASH Memory (1:41)
1-Bit Memory. Part 1.
The Set/Reset (SR) Latch
CD4001 NOR Latch (Active HIGH)
CLASS REFERENCE SUPPORT CONCEPTS SUPPLEMENTAL
40
Jan 19
Mr. D. Absent
Final DER Preparations

Supplemental Parts Table


+ +   = 
1.4
The 2-Bit Adder
HB GB NC PD FH
HH OK* EM LM SS
NA AC JDS SH TLa JL
BM WR AS JoS SS
JaS NS JT TW
AB HGa HGi EH NK AK
TLa NLN** CL TLo* QM
KM RN DO JP TP SR
NS NW* WX
39
Jan 17
2-Bit Adder PCB

Click for 3D View
Congratulations,
William!

5340 in 5 min!
2-Bit Adder Device:
Printed Circuit Board
(in-class Instructions)

2-Bit Adder Device:
PCB and Case Preparations
(in-class Instructions)

2-Bit Adder Case

Click for 3D View...
38
Jan 15
1:10 Monday!
Binary Challenge:
Grade Final


Luke, Anka & William
Falstad: 2-Bit Adder
1.4
2-Bit Adder:
Prototype

CLASS REFERENCE SUPPORT CONCEPTS SUPPLEMENTAL
37
Jan 11

Binary Challenge:
Section Finals

Falstad: Full Adder
Full Adder (p. 58)
36
Jan 9
Reminder...
Bookmark this site:
Electronics Club:
CMOS 4000

Another terrific site...
CMOS 4000 ICs
Consider Binary Arithmetic...
ADDERS (pp. 57-58)
Falstad: Half Adder
Half Adder (p. 57)


CHRISTMAS BREAK (December 21 - January 8)
CLASS REFERENCE SUPPORT CONCEPTS SUPPLEMENTAL
35
Dec 20
Binary Challenge: Semis

Anka in 20 minutes:
A020 = 40990!

Completion of
1-Bit Magnitude Comparator
Prototype
1.3
ACES
Christmas Tree

HH EM*
NA* AC JDS
BM* AS*
JaS NS
HGa NK NLN*
TLo* KM DO JP
TP NW* WX*
34
Dec 18
Binary Challenge: Quarters
1-Bit Magnitude
Comparator
PCB
Combinational Circuits
(Multiple Logic Gates)
ACES' Frame Player:
Combinational Circuits

1-Bit Magnitude Comparator
Just as mathematical expressions
can be formed by combining
arithmetic operators,
so, too,
are useful
boolean
expressions
formed by combining
logic gates
pp. 50 (62) - 56 (68)
A SPECIAL PROJECT
CLASS REFERENCE SUPPORT CONCEPTS SUPPLEMENTAL
33
Dec 14
PJ-202AH
from CUI Devices

RGSC ACES
Xmas Teee Stand

from S. Appleyard

Christmas Tree Assembly. Pt 2.
Conical
Compression Spring

32
Dec 12
Binary Challenge: Q3
16 pin IC Socket
Christmas Tree Assembly. Pt 1.
CLASS REFERENCE SUPPORT CONCEPTS SUPPLEMENTAL
31
Dec 8
Binary Challenge: Q2
4060: Multiple LEDs
'Special Project' Prototype #3
Multiple LEDs

Remember the ACES Motto:
"Tempus est cogitare"
1.3

Analysis of
4060 Frequencies
30
Dec 6
4060: Freq. Divider (Counter)
'Special Project' Prototype #2
4060 Ripple Counter/Divider
with RC Oscillator and Reset


29
Dec 4
Bookmark this site...
Electronics Club:
CMOS 4000

Another terrific site...
CMOS 4000 ICs
Common Supply Wiring
for (almost) all CMOS ICs
Falstad: Logic Gates

4069 (INV) 4011 (NAND)
'Special Project' Prototype #1
RC Oscillator
with Reset (Active HIGH)


The Binary Number System (p. 46)
Recall: Place Value Concept (Grade 5?)

Numbers by Base

CLASS REFERENCE SUPPORT CONCEPTS SUPPLEMENTAL

28
Nov 30
Asynchronous

RC Oscillator with RESET
Develop this, on your own, in Falstad, today, for presentation next class
27
Nov 28

John Venn

George Boole
Transitioning from
Analog to Analog/Digital...
ACES' Frame Player: Analog to Digital

COMPUTER LOGIC (MATH) p. 44
Recall VENN Diagrams
BOOLE(AN) LOGIC OPERATORS
ACES' Frame Player: Button Logic

ACES' Frame Player: Transistor Logic
Basic Logic Gates

Bookmark this site...
Electronics Club:
CMOS 4000

Full-Screen Falstad
Practice for
the future
ACES'
Binary
Challenge
Tournament
Cisco Systems

Practice!
Code Studio

Practice!

NumbersByBase.xlsx
ACES
Engineering Your
Foundation

ANALOG 2: BUTTONS, SWITCHES, CAPACITORS, TRANSISTORS (and, possibly, INDUCTORS)
CLASS REFERENCE SUPPORT CONCEPTS SUPPLEMENTAL
26
Nov 24
Recall T. Lowry's
Pro Formatting
...
Project 1.2 Analog Oscillator
Final Assembly and Testing
DER Preparation

+ +   =  
Project 1.2
Analog Oscillator

HB* GB NC PD FH
HH OK EM LM* SS*
NA AC JDS SH TL JL
BM WR* AS JoS SS
JaS NS JT* TW
AB HGa HGi* EH* NK* AK
TLa* NLN* CL* TLo QM
KM RN DO* JP TP SR
NS NW WX
25
Nov 22
4840.2200
from Schurter Inc.

PJ-202AH
from CUI Devices

Project 1.2 Analog Oscillator
Encasement: Power Jack Prep

1.2
24
Nov 20
Project 1.2 Analog Oscillator
PCB Soldering and Assembly
to Good Soldering?
Soldering with Overhang!!
N. Vassos' (ACES '19)
Soldering Video Tutorial
General Concepts
Soldering Video Tutorial
CLASS REFERENCE SUPPORT CONCEPTS SUPPLEMENTAL
23
Nov 15
Only 1 class this week!
ACES' Analog Oscillator
Dual Role of Transistors:
Switching and Amplification
Analog vs Digital
Falstad Circuit Simulation Applet:
Switched LED, Transistor Tester
Alternating LEDs, Fade In Fade Out
1.2
Analog Oscillator
(aka Astable Multivibrator)
Scope Trace
Courtesy G. Davidge
CLASS REFERENCE SUPPORT CONCEPTS SUPPLEMENTAL
22
Nov 9
Resistor Capacitor
RC
Timing
pp. 33-34 (45-46)
τ = R × C
Breadboard Prototyping Refresher
Watch Again! B. Eater's:
Breadboard Tips and Tricks
Analog vs Digital
21
Nov 7
  
The device that changed everything...
Introducing the Transistor
Transistor
Basics, Testing
The NPN Transistor (2N3904): Animation
The PNP Transistor (2N3906): Animation
TO-92 (BJT) Datasheets:
2N3904 NPN, 2N3906 PNP
ACES' Frame Player: Transistors
Transitioning from..
Analog to Digital
from continuous to discrete

Analog vs Digital
CLASS REFERENCE SUPPORT CONCEPTS SUPPLEMENTAL

The Capacitor Visualizer
N. Vassos' (ACES '19)
The Capacitor Visualizer
Soldering Video Tutorial

Case Preparation and Assembly

Custom 3D-printed case, heat-set inserts,
Panel mount DC barrel jack,
hookup wires, heat shrink tubing,
3mm nylon mounting screws


20
Nov 3

pp. 31-33

DMM: Capacitance
Review Capacitor Circuits on page 32
Prototype the circuit to the left...
...and then the rollover modification
Capacitors as Timers
: `tau = R times C`
19
Nov 1
pp. 31-34
Capacitors

Falstad:
Capacitor Visualization
Introducing TIMING (Delays) into our Circuits
Capacitor Codes
  
The Charge/Discharge Circuit

ACES' Frame Player: Capacitors
Capacitance:
UNITS:
(Micro)Farads (μF)
RANGES:

Tantalum vs Ceramic
18
Oct 30
Digital-ish
Voltage H-Bridge
Digital-ish
Voltage H-Bridge
First Look at the...
Voltage H-Bridge
Recall the DUAL Uses for the
Potentiometer
Variable Resistor or Voltage Divider

Analog-ish
Voltage H-Bridge
ANALOG 2: BUTTONS, SWITCHES, CAPACITORS, TRANSISTORS and INDUCTORS
CLASS REFERENCE SUPPORT CONCEPTS SUPPLEMENTAL
17
Oct 26
p. 24

Transitioning from..
Analog to Digital
from continuous to discrete

Analog vs Digital

Button Logic and Voltage Division
Switches (SPST, SPDT, DPDT)
ACES' Frame Player: Switches
Project 1.1
Kirchhoff's Voltage Law
(KVL)

HB GB NC PD FH HH
OK* EM* LM SS
NA AC* JDS SH TaL JL
BM WR** AS* JSh* PS SS
JSm NS JT* TW
AB HGa HGi* EH NK* AK TLa*
NLN* CL TLo* QM KM RN DO
JP TP SR NS NW WX
16
Oct 24
PBNO


PBNC

'Mechanical' Input Devices
Buttons (PBNO, PBNC)

Circuit Symbols (p. 8)
ACES' Frame Player: Buttons
(Digital) Button Logic:
Pull-Down
and Pull-Up Configurations


CLASS REFERENCE SUPPORT CONCEPTS SUPPLEMENTAL
15
Oct 20


Watch these videos
Technical Writing:
Don'ts and Dos

Use of the
Active Voice
The INSERT Tab Pt. 2:
Picture, Symbols
+ +   =  

1.1
DER Exemplar
14
Oct 18

FALSTAD


Explore the
Full-Screen
Version of...
Falstad
Draw your own Schematics:
Circuit Diagram
Review:
Formatting SI Units
The INSERT Tab Pt. 1:
Header&Footer, Date&Time, Tables,
Page Break, Section Break
The REFERENCES Tab
Table of Contents
1.1
DER Tables (Parts)
13
Oct 16
Overhang!
Soldering the
Serial Comm Stick V4
Page Real Estate
Design Engineering Report Week
+ +   = 
Show/Hide, Ruler, Tabs, Breaks, Styles

1.1
DER Exemplar
ANALOG 1: SIGNALS, SUPPLY, SYMBOLS, SCHEMATICS and RESISTORS
CLASS REFERENCE SUPPORT CONCEPTS SUPPLEMENTAL
12
Oct 12
Click image for details...
Click image for details...
ACES' Frame Player:
Variable Resistors

2. LDR: Light-Dependent Resistor
aka Photocell, Photoresistor, Optoresistor
3. Thermistor:
Temp
-Dependent Resistor

4. FSR:
Force-Sensitive Resistor

5. Flex Sensor:
Flex-Sensitive Resistor

J. Vretenar's: The Bionic Hand
1.1
Voltage: `V=IR`
Power: `P=IV`
Circuit Symbols
(p. 8)
11
Oct 10

Circuit Protection

Diode (aka Rectifier)

Preferred Prototype

with Protection

e The 1N400n Diode
(for Circuit Protection)


Interactive Circuits :)
Fixed vs Variable Resistors
1. The Potentiometer (p. 10)
ACES' Frame Player: Potentiometer

Thanksgiving Weekend (October 7-9)
CLASS REFERENCE SUPPORT CONCEPTS SUPPLEMENTAL
10
Oct 5

LEDs in
Series vs. Parallel


9V Batteries: Current Draw in mAh
Final Soldering, Assembly, and Testing of
RSGC ACES' LED Tester
9
Oct 3
ROYGBV Wire Lengths
ACES' Frame Player: LED Circuits
for 2023/2024...
RSGC ACES' LED Tester
Soldering, Assembly & Testing Session
CLASS REFERENCE SUPPORT CONCEPTS SUPPLEMENTAL
8
Sep 29
o
Useful LED Variations:
Bicolor, RGB, rectangular, 3 mm...
Using Ohm's Law and
Kirchhoff's Laws (KVL and KCL)
to
Analyze Circuits

Memorize the
Powers and Prefaces
p. 6(18)
 
7
Sep 27
Use Ohm's Law to determine the
Current (I) in a circuit :
`I=V/R`
6
Sep 25

LED Datasheet
ResistorCircuitAnalysis
Our first circuits...
ACES' Frame Player: Fixed Resistors
Kirchhoff's Voltage Law (KVL)
DMM Confirmation of KVL
(Waterfall Model of Voltage Drop)

CLASS REFERENCE SUPPORT CONCEPTS SUPPLEMENTAL
5
Sep 20
Watch B. Eater's:
Breadboard Tips and Tricks
Memorize the
Greek and Phonetic Alphabets
found on Page 78 of your
DC Circuits Workbook
Power Supplies 1
9V Battery Configurations
Example:
RSGC ACES Wien Bridge Oscillator
ACES
Discord Forum



 
CP-202AH-ND 609-3234-ND
Your First Soldering Task
Soldering Tips from
an ACE Alumnus

(Your Solder Tube)
Solder Joints

4
Sep 18

First look at Circuit Diagrams
(aka Schematic
s)
Circuit Symbols
p. 8(20)
Components:
Passive vs Active

 
Second DMM Function:
2. Resistance (Ω)
E24 Resistor Series Sizes

Fixed (Current-Limiting)
Resistor Applet


Resistors in
Series vs Parallel
Kirchhoff and Thenevin Laws
CLASS REFERENCE SUPPORT CONCEPTS SUPPLEMENTAL
3
Sep 14
 
Neoteck DM4000 Pro
Auto-Ranging
Digital Multimeter (DMM)

Powers and Prefixes
p. 6(18)
The Breadboard
(Your Prototyping Workbench)
 
First DMM Function:
1. Continuity (Conductance) ()
Where the MAGIC happens

2
Sep 12
BBC: Curiosity
The Driver of Success?


Giants of Electricity
p. 81(93)

Discussion:
What is Electricity
?
The Atom
Water Analogies
Flow Models (Direction):
Electron (Neg →Pos)
(Science)
vs
Conventional (Pos→Neg)
(Electronics)
DC Circuits' Cover Video...
H. Lindell's: A Counting Circuit
Foundations: Grade 9 Science...
Voltage
Ohm's Law (in terms of Voltage):
`V=IxxR`

Current
Ohm's Law (in terms of Current):
`I=V/R`

Your Future: EVs and Batteries


Alkaline Battery Chemistry
CLASS REFERENCE SUPPORT CONCEPTS SUPPLEMENTAL
1
Sep 8

RSGC ACES: History

Student Outline
Mr. D's Schedule
[ACES Culture]

(PBS) Tesla:
Master of Lightning
Distribution of Toolkits
e
ACES Focus:
Foundations

REPUTATION and RESPECT
RSGC ACES Mission: Taking a
Short, Medium, and Long Term View
of your Futures

ACES Hall of Fame:
X. Chin '22, D. Raymond '19
E. McAuliffe '18, E. Peterson '18
M. Elia '15 (Argon Prototypes)

For our second Field Trip of the year we have been invited to visit a factory that is developing solar panels. Since this device is an integral part of our Greenhouse Project this year, early familiarity with this technology will be advantageous.
What better way is there to start the year than with a walking field trip to acquire the electronic components that we will make good use of? You'll also be aware of its location for your own personal projects.
I have no formal training in electronics or electrical engineering - I'm just really interested in this field. The knowledge and skill I have has been largely acquired over the last few years from learning alongside many talented Georgians and I look forward to expanding my capabilities by working with you this year.
I ask six things of my ACES (for most other things I'm usually flexible):
1. SHORTCUTS. The world has enough corner-cutters. This includes stealing, lying, cheating, or plagiarizing.
2. SHARED SPACE. Show respect for others that use the lab by putting your projects away and leaving your bench area tidy when you leave.
3. DES VISITORS. Show respect for adult visitors that enter the lab by immediately stopping what you are doing, standing and facing the individual(s).
4. NO EATING. Show respect for the lab by not eating in the DES. You may go into the hallway for a quick bite if you need to.
5. AVOID WASTE. Show respect for the lab's resources by not wasting or misusing them.
6. REPUTATION. Show respect for yourself by looking (and speaking) your best. It's the little things keep the doors of opportunity open.
  1. Matches will last exactly 5 minutes
  2. Two qualifying rounds (average points) will determine the initial Tournament seeding
  3. The top 8 seeds move on into the quarter-finals
  4. The Term 1 winner will play the winner of Term 2 in May to determine the Grade winner
  5. The Grade 10 winner will play one match against Mike Ciomyk to determine the 2015 School Champion
  6. Technical problems of any sort with your laptop during a match results in immediate disqualification from the match
Growing Success, p. 29
Responsibility, Organization, Independent Work, Collaboration, Initiative, Self-Reliant Growing Success. p.11.

It is worth noting, right from the start, that assessment is a human process, conducted by and with human beings, and subject inevitably to the frailties of human judgement.
However crisp and objective we might try to make it, and however neatly quantifiable may be our "results", assessment is closer to art than science.
It is, after all, an exercise in human communication.
Knowledge: Subject-specific content acquired in each course (knowledge), and the comprehension of its meaning and significance (understanding).
Thinking: The use of critical and creative thinking skills and/or processes, as follows:
Communication: The conveying of meaning through various forms, as follows:
Application: The use of knowledge and skills to make connections within and between various contexts.