Every one of you uses electronic devices. You have cell phones, cameras, mp3 players (often on the same device), plus gaming consoles and televisions and tablets and computers. We shouldn't forget the more "boring" electronic devices we use regularly: alarm clocks, flashlights, light switches, refrigerators, etc. We love our electronics.
So why do most people know so little about what goes on inside them? Maybe it's because we are a society of specialists. Many people drive cars but don't know what an internal combustion engine is; we leave that to mechanics. Well, in this unit, we will take a glimpse at the world of electronics. Maybe you will see that it's something in which you'd like to specialize. Electronics and Computer Engineers (the specialists) are in high demand, so if you decide you want to pursue that route, you will almost certainly be gainfully employed.
But even if you don't decide to pursue that industry, learning how technology works will enable to you control your devices rather than being controlled by them. When you run into problems, you can solve them instead of feeling frustrated by them.
Major Learning Goals
Conceptual (what do you need to learn?)
What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a robot?
For many people it is a machine that imitates a human, like the androids in Star Wars, Terminator and Star Trek: The Next Generation. However, as much as these robots capture our imaginations, such robots aren't yet ready to take over the world. But, with the expansion of Deep Neural Networks, such robotic systems may not be far off. In fact, Rodney Brooks and his team at MIT Artificial Intelligence Lab are working on creating such humanoid robots.
The type of robots that you will encounter most frequently are robots that do work that is too dangerous, boring, onerous, or just plain nasty. Most of the robots in the world are of this type. They can be found in automation, medical, manufacturing and space industries.
Some robots like the Mars Rover Sojourner and the Mars Exploration Rover help us learn about places that are too dangerous for us to go. Other types of robots are just plain fun for kids of all ages.
Robots are fun. Smart people think that this fun will fuel our economy in the very near future. I firmly believe that by the time most students in this class are in the workforce, they will work more closely with computer systems and robots than they will with humans. This is why robotics are so important. Luckily for us, they are fun, too.
Major Learning Goals
This is the first course in what may be your engineeringCentral career! This is grade 10 Computer Technology. It leads to the grade 11 and grade 12 Computer Engineering courses. We will hopefully have lots of fun this semester while learning crucial skills that every employer is looking for.
I firmly believe that what you will learn in this class (and the grade 11 and 12 classes) will lead to the skills you need to get jobs. Jobs that pay well. Jobs that are in demand. And in an era where there are lots of complaints about the lack of jobs, wouldn't you love to know that you are getting ready for an industry where you won't have to worry about all that negativity?
Together, we will try to answer the Essential Question for this course: HOW CAN I GAIN THE POWER TO TAKE CONTROL?
OneNote Class Notebook (online version)
Cisco Networking Academy
How To Solder
Virtual Desktop Build
Virtual Laptop Build
Colour Sensor Calibration
Assignments and Due Dates
All class work is in our OneNote Class Notebook. Parents may request access from me.