ME430 Mechatronics

Calendar Labs Project Courseware

Day Date Due Class Topics To Do for Next Class
Week 1
1 Nov 27
  • Bring $25 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)
2 Nov 28
  • $25 for lab kits (each individual)
3 Nov 30
  • 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
Week 2
4 Dec 4
  • 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
5 Dec 5
  • 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 Dec 7
  • Quiz on "Intro to C"
  • Work on Lab 2
Week 3
7 Dec 11
  • Quiz on "Number Systems"
  • Check off Lab 2
  • Discuss selected project idea with instructor
  • Work on Lab 3
8 Dec 12
  • Study for Exam 1
9 Dec 14 No class due to night exam
NIGHT EXAM 1
8:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Periods 1-2 in C111
Periods 3-4 in O167
Periods 5-6 in O169
(more details)
Set Up Your Exam Project
Week 4
10 Dec 18
  • Quiz on "Instruction Cycles and Special Function Registers"
  • Work on Lab 4
11 Dec 19
  • Quiz on "Functions and Debugging"
  • Work on Lab 4
12 Dec 21
  • 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.
Christmas Break
Week 5
13 Jan 8
  • Quiz on "Interrupts"
  • Check off Lab 4
  • Work on Lab 5
14 Jan 9
15 Jan 11
  • 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.
Week 6
16 Jan 15
  • 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 Jan 16
  • Quiz on "UART Communication"
  • Work on Lab 6
18 Jan 18
  • Quiz on "Intro to PLCs and Ladder Logic"
  • Check off Lab 6
  • Work on Lab 7
Week 7
19 Jan 22
  • Quiz on "Picosoft Markers, Timers, and Counters"
  • Work on Lab 7
20 Jan 23
  • Quiz on "Finite State Machines for PLCs"
  • Soldering Day (all day, in lab). Bring your computers anyway.
  • Study for Exam 2
21 Jan 25 No class due to night exam
NIGHT EXAM 2
8:30 PM - 9:45 PM

Periods 1-2 in C111
Periods 3-4 in O167
Periods 5-6 in O169
(more details)
Set Up Your Exam Files
Week 8
22 Jan 29
  • Quiz on "Finite State Machines for PICs"
  • Work on Lab 7
  • Lab 7 must be ready for check-off first thing next class.
23 Jan 30
  • Check off Lab 7
  • Work on Lab 8
24 Feb 1
  • Tank and Conveyor Demonstration
  • Work on Lab 8
  • Create an FSM for the Lab 9 tank
Week 9
25 Feb 5
  • 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 Feb 6
  • Check off Lab 8
  • Work on Lab 9
27 Feb 8
  • 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 Feb 12
  • 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 Feb 13
  • Project Demonstrations!
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30 Feb 15 --
  • 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