ME430 Mechatronics

Calendar Labs Project Courseware

Day Date Due Class Topics To Do for Next Class
Week 0
1 Sept 1st
  • Bring $20 for lab kit (each individual)
  • Identify a partner for the labs and the project
  • Watch "Introduction to Transistors" video and prepare for a quiz (29:48)
Week 1
2 Sept 5th
  • $20 for lab kits (each individual)
3 Sept 6th
  • Lab 1
  • Receipt for PIC chips (submit with quiz)
  • Check off Lab 1
  • Quiz on "Snubber Diodes, Decoupling Capacitors, and H-Bridges"
  • Work on Lab 2
4 Sept 8th
  • Quiz on "Motors"
  • Discuss 3 project ideas with instructor
  • Work on Lab 2
  • Watch "Intro to MPLABx" video and prepare for a quiz (42:42, need green board)
  • EVERYONE MUST BRING A LAPTOP WITH MPLABx INSTALLED TO CLASS ON DAY 5
Week 2
5 Sept 12th
  • Quiz on "Intro to MPLABx"
  • Remaining teams discuss 3 project ideas with instructor
  • Work on Lab 2
  • Watch "Intro to C" video and prepare for a quiz (35:10)
6 Sept 13th
  • Quiz on "Intro to C"
  • Work on Lab 2
7 Sept 15th
  • Quiz on "Number Systems"
  • Check off Lab 2
  • Discuss selected project idea with instructor
  • Work on Lab 3
Week 3
8 Sept 19th
  • Quiz on "Variable Types and Operations"
  • Check off Lab 3
  • Discuss Exam 1
  • Work on Lab 4
9 Sept 20th No class due to night exam for Fisher 1-2 and 3-4
  • Study for Exam 1
10 Sept 22nd No class due to night exam (except for Dr. Fisher sections)
NIGHT EXAM 1
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Fisher 1-2 O267, 3-4 O269

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Olson 5-6 C111
Bercich 7-8 O259
Extended time D101
(more details)

Set Up Your Exam Project
Week 4
11 Sept 26th
  • Quiz on "Functions and Debugging"
  • Work on Lab 4
12 Sept 27th
  • Quiz on "Timers"
  • Overview of Interrupts
  • Work on Lab 4
  • Watch "Interrupts" video and prepare for a quiz (41:08 plus 7:00 optional, need green board)
  • Lab 4 must be ready for check-off first thing next class.
13 Sept 29th
  • Quiz on "Interrupts"
  • Check off Lab 4
  • Work on Lab 5
Week 5
14 Oct 3rd
15 Oct 4th
  • Quiz on "Light Sensors"
  • Work on Lab 5
  • Watch "Pulse Width Modulation" video and prepare for a quiz (47:52, need green board)
  • Lab 5 must be ready for check-off first thing next class.
Fall Break
Week 6
16 Oct 10th
  • Quiz on "Pulse Width Modulation"
  • Check off Lab 5
  • Work on Lab 6
  • Watch "UART Communication" video and prepare for a quiz (43:26 + 7:21 optional, need green board, YOU ALSO NEED ONE PIECE OF WIRE from your lab kit.)
17 Oct 11th
  • Quiz on "UART Communication"
  • Work on Lab 6
18 Oct 13th
  • Quiz on "Intro to PLCs and Ladder Logic"
  • Check off Lab 6
  • Work on Lab 7
Week 7
19 Oct 17th
  • Quiz on "Picosoft Markers, Timers, and Counters"
  • Work on Lab 7
20 Oct 18th
  • Quiz on "Finite State Machines for PLCs"
  • Soldering Day (all day, in lab). Bring your computers anyway.
  • Study for Exam 2
21 Oct 20th No class due to night exam
NIGHT EXAM 2
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
Fisher 1-2 O267, 3-4 O269
Olson 5-6 C111
Bercich 7-8 O259
Extended time D101
(more details)
Set Up Your Exam Files
Week 8
22 Oct 24th
  • Quiz on "Finite State Machines for PICs"
  • Work on Lab 7
  • Lab 7 must be ready for check-off first thing next class.
23 Oct 25th
  • Check off Lab 7
  • Work on Lab 8
24 Oct 27th
  • Tank and Conveyor Demonstration
  • Work on Lab 8
  • Create an FSM for the Lab 9 tank
Week 9
25 Oct 31st
  • FSM of tank
  • Discuss FSMs for Lab 9
  • Work on Lab 8
  • Lab 8 must be ready for check-off first thing next class.
26 Nov 1st
  • Check off Lab 8
  • Work on Lab 9
27 Nov 3rd
  • Work on Lab 9
  • If you've finished Lab 9 then it's a project work day, bring your project to class!
  • Lab 9 must be ready for check-off by the end of class tomorrow.
Week 10
28 Nov 7th
  • Finish Lab 9 and get it checked off by the end of class
  • If you've finished Lab 9 then it's a project work day, bring your project to class!
  • Finish project (make sure it is programmed and ready to go)
29 Nov 8th
  • Project Demonstrations!
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30 Nov 10th --
  • Course Evaluations
  • Overview/Review of Course
  • Discuss Final
  • Donate spare PIC chips to ME430 (optional)
  • Clean out lockers
  • Confirm your white tub kits have all parts and check them in to Jerry
  • Bring green board kits for inspection:
    • All parts in photo present
    • Small loopback test wire present
    • Small screwdriver present
    • Purchase buzzers and screwdrivers if those are missing
  • Donate any unwanted parts to the free parts room
  • Bring your computers and complete green board kits (including buzzer and screwdriver and loopback test wire) to the final exam
  • Project documentation due before walking into final