Robotic Arts Intro Fall 2019 (IA277.01)

09/06: Looking closer --- [basic components]

Welcome back!

Today is the day of elements! We will go over and experiment with key componets to electronics.
We will go over together:

  1. What is electricity?
  2. Properties of electricity (water analogy)
  3. Elemental electrical components
  4. Prototyping materials
  5. Using a multimeter
  6. Polarity
  7. Ohm's law
  8. Reading resistor codes
  9. Reading schematics
  10. First circuit
  11. Soldering demo
  12. Soldering components to Perforated board
  13. Testing your board
  14. Trouble shooting
  15. Handmade switch


lecture/bread boarding


Talk about the reading
soldering demo
putting togehter the circuits

when thousands of cable crowded the skies

Submarine Cable map

Peter Vogel

form, line, color, texture

Bonnie Crawford


Soldering is a skill, and you will get better with practice. Don't worry too much if it seems hard now. Take your time! We will go over together:

  1. Soldering temperature is typically 650 degrees F / 350 degrees C. It's very hot!
  2. Never leave a soldering iron on while unattended (our soldering stations only take about 10 seconds to reach temperature)
  3. Always use helping hands to hold wire and electronic components
  4. Most soldering jobs will only take a few seconds of contact. Check iron temperature if it's taking longer
  5. Do not use soldering irons to burn or melt things. We have a heat gun for that kind of work
  6. Do not eat or drink while soldering. Be sure to wash your hands to minimize possible lead exposure
  7. Use a fume extractor and goggles when soldering.
  8. Take your time!



  • Medium from Abstracting Craft: The Practiced Digital Hand by Malcolm McCullough

Switch making - materialization of binary thinking

  • Make two switches that fulfill the requirement of one of the followings. Two switches must be working with two different requirements from eachothers.

    1. It requires you to use a part of your body (not fingers) or gestures to activate
    2. It requires more than one person to activate
    3. require objects to activate