|An Arduino open source single board|
microcontroller, showing key chips
and ports on the printed circuit card
|The AdafruitARDX - v1.3 electronics and digital control experimentation kit|
a: the underlying physics of the materials and devices that makes them work, e.g. a light emitting diode or a transistor, as well as the classic passive devices: resistors, inductors, capacitors, inductors, transformers; also, basic motors and generators, including microphones, speakers and the D'Arsonval galvanometer movement.
b: the analysis and modelling of the devices that allows us to readily design circuits or networks without resorting to full bore quantum physics etc. (I would extend this to the sort of circuit simulation modellling that is now common, and would at least introduce transistors, amplifiers, op amps [I still favour the 071 family as an update to the classic 741 . . . not least because we can then use them to make a quite impressive simple Class AB biased push-pull feedback controlled audio amplifier], gates and latches [as well as the famous 555 timer chip!], then point beyond to how electronics based systems are built up.)
c: techniques for analysis, modelling and design of the circuits or networks that use these devices (and of associated signals and controlled power flows), with an emphasis on computer based modelling. (I would bring on board counters, registers, adders and the ALU idea, A/D and D/A, as well as port interfaces, the Serial vs parallel question, microcontroller architecture as built up from these, etc.)
d: the development, implementation, control and maintenance of systems based on such circuits and networks, using the block diagram/exploded diagram approach and some examples.
|Servo motor kit|
|A hand-held, low-cost single channel digital oscilloscope|
Video of a simple filler machine line:
Video of a full scale drink bottling plant: