ELECTRONICS FUNDAMENTALS COURSE
- This hands-on course covers all the fundamentals of traditional electronics skills and the basics of hardware programming for Arduino and Raspberry Pi.
- 12 classes, with 36 hours of instruction, in a small group of students.
- 3 Months of Maker Lab Access included
- Classes are 80% hands-on training. To help build confidence in this subject area.
- These foundational skills are vital for those looking for careers in automation, robotics, electronics, hardware programming, and other related fields.
- Careers in these fields start at $40,000 a year.
- This course is also ideal for those looking to gain practical skills for personal enrichment.
- Upon finishing the classes and test project, students will receive a Vocademy Certificate of Completion.
Voltage, current, and resistance. Use of electronic components such as: LEDs, resistors, capacitors, and switches. Types of wire and sizing. Safety and circuit protection concepts. Practice in circuit prototyping (breadboarding). Use of multimeters.
Proper (through hole circuit board) soldering techniques and methods for correcting common mistakes. Industry standard soldering tools and accessories. Assembly and soldering of a custom circuit board.
Overview, capabilities, and basic programming of the Arduino UNO single board computer. Controlling other electronic components such as: LEDs. Digital and analog input and output. Building example circuits using the Arduino and sample program code.
Overview and capabilities of the Raspberry Pi single board computer. Initial set up and configuration. Basics of Python programming. Basic digital input and output for controlling external electronics.
Specifications of components and thier inner workings. Deeper knowledge of voltage, currrent, and resistance. Eletromagnetism, relays, photoresistors, and diodes. Schematic diagrams and thier use. Parallel and series circuts.
The importance and use of transistors as switches and amplifiers. Types of BJT transistors (NPN, PNP). Building example circuits using transistors. Introduction to voltage regulators.
Input sensors (motion, distance, acceleration, temperature & light). Using different input methods including analog, digital, and serial. Building example circuits using the Arduino, multiple sensors, and sample program code.
Using input sensors (motion, distance, acceleration, temperature & light) with the Raspberry Pi. Using different input methods including analog, digital, and serial. Building example circuits using the Raspberry Pi, multiple sensors, and sample program code.
Intergrated circuit concepts and static precautions. Focus on the 555 timer and 741 operational amplifier integrated circuit chips. Resistor / capacitor pairs. Building example circuits using the 555 and 741 ICs.
Using relays, DC motors, and stepper motors with the Arduino. How to connect these devices and support electronics, and create programs for controlling them.
Using relays, DC motors, and stepper motors with the Raspberry Pi. How to connect these devices and support electronics, and create programs for controlling them.
Practice previously learned electronics fundamentals skills under the supervision of, and with the help of, an instructor. Discussion of personal projects and project ideas.