Workshop Meeting Times
This short course takes place at MIT during the 2017 IAP (Independent Activities Period).
This is a 9-day hands-on workshop about collaboration, design, and electronics prototyping. No previous experience with computer programming or electronics is required. Beginning students will be taught everything they need to know and advanced students will be challenged to learn new skills. Participants will work in small teams to design and build electronics projects using open-source microprocessors. Team projects are completely open-ended and designed by participants, past projects have included: An internet-connected weather simulation station, a giant LED billboard, and a CNC drawing machine. Participants will complete three guided projects in order to learn the fundamentals and will then break into small teams to complete a one-day short project of their choosing. After the short project, participants will break into new teams that will each get $250 and four days to design, plan, and build a custom project of their choice. On the last day of the course, students will present their projects in public exhibition and have the chance to win a prize for crowd favorite. Participants will learn about microcontroller programming using Arduino, collaborative software development using GitHub, solderless electronics prototyping, electronic sensors, rapid prototyping, and small team management.
There are no grades for this course.
The class size is 30 students from varying backgrounds, and the class takes place in a classroom with movable desks or tables so students can form teams.
|SES #||TOPICS / CLASS ACTIVITIES|
|1||Survey of GitHub, Arduino, and the basics of software collaboration: |
|2||The basics of design and ideation: |
|3||Project design and execution for short projects: |
|4||Ideation, pitches, team formation, and project selection for short projects: |
|5||Presentation of short projects|
|6||Project time for long projects: Meet and create with guidance|
|7||Project time for long projects: Meet and create with guidance|
|8||Project time for long projects: Meet and create with guidance|
|9||Presentation of long projects|