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Build a what?

Next time tell me:

  • what the different parts and pieces of the circuit actually do

Next time don’t tell me:

  • …idk…

In terms of a learning project this needs:

  • more independent figuring out of the diagram not just replicating the given

In terms of a motivational project this needs:

        –  I thought we were going to play the song and when only one group did I was kinda bummed out

In terms of getting the circuit done efficiently this needs:

        – I got mine done in plenty of time so I don’t think much improvement is needed

A more effective way to teach this would be:

  • to show yourself building one and tell us a few troubles you had along the way

And furthermore…

  • maybe make us build the boxes I think that machine was really cool and I did stuff like that in high school and loved it
Fun capacitors and resistors

Next time tell me:

 how curcit works?

Next time don’t tell me:

It will be very easy

In terms of a learning project this needs:

lot more time

it look really easy in the vedio but not that easy

In terms of a motivational project this needs:

 high school students student can understand the project

In terms of getting the circuit done efficiently this needs:

active

A more effective way to teach this would be:

Use picture and real life example

And furthermore…

For high school student they will find intersting and want to work on this kind of projects.

Hands-on with assistance and transparencies

Next time tell me:

  • Something I would like to highlght is that if students don’t fully understand how to use the bredboard, they will not be able to connect their components appropriately even if they know how to draw/read circuit diagrams. For this reason I think it would be useful to explain how the bredboard works (i.e. how current travels vertically vs horizontally), and then provide a sample connection of a simpler circuit. Finally I would like to know the names for all the components (picture with name).

Next time don’t tell me:

  • Instructions are fine as long as they don’t become too complex which means that I’d much rather go straight to the building part with some assistance. Besides, we might not have enough time.

In terms of a learning project this needs:

  • We really need to provide students a learning experience which will of course focus on critical thinking, but that will also encourage creativity while viewing failure as an opportunity to learn. That way, in the case where nothing gets assembled we can still go back and analyse what went wrong and what things could have been done differently to successfully connect their oscillator circuit.

In terms of a motivational project this needs:

  • When dealing with high-school kids you gotta be assertive because if they don’t see the project as a meaningful experience they’re not going to like it. I would suggest kicking off the sessions with a video pertaining to electrical-engineering along with its benefits and perks.
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 Okay maybe this isn’t the best video but it’s funny weird 

In terms of getting the circuit done efficiently this needs:

  • I understand that we are using a circuit diagram rather than an actual picture of everything connected because it would defeat the purpose of having the students use their brain. However, students might become frustrated when having to read the diagram and translate it to a bredboard.
    For this reason instead of providing a drawn circuit on white paper, the workaround can be using transparencies of the circuit that could be stacked on top of each other breaking down the circuit into smaller connections. This may work better for students that do not posses a strong “Visual” learning style.

Break down diagram into smaller diagrams with transparencies

 

A more effective way to teach this would be:

  • Sometimes compromises are necessary to accomplish a common goal, therefore it might be good to encourage students to be more flexible and willing to help each other in the case that one gets stuck. This will teach them the importance of working as a team. Some students love being competitive and never pay attention to the struggles their fellow classmates are facing. It will be important for us to teach them the value and satisfaction of helping those who don’t fully understand what’s going on.

And furthermore…

  • HAVE FUN
[give a title here capturing your overall criticism of the teaching/building process]

Next time tell me:

  • A video or some types of clip that showed steps on how to connect a general circuit. Also, provide a picture of the circuit, it was be much easier to look at a picture instead of having to go through the diagram. 

Next time don’t tell me:

  • Lengthy wording procedure would kill the fun of the project, so it better to just have a simple guide that didn’t give away the details.

In terms of a learning project this needs:so

  • It was be easier if we have go through simple lecture on how to connect general circuit before begin creating one. 

In terms of a motivational project this needs:

  • Created a more fun environment for the student. For example instructor could working on the circuit with all groups. Do a fun demonstration on the complete products. 

In terms of getting the circuit done efficiently this needs:

  • Provide a sample product for each group to look at and have each member in a group create a similar product.

A more effective way to teach this would be:

  • Creating a sample product in front of all group, so everyone have some ideas on how to start putting the product together.   

And furthermore…

  • baa
Was lost half way, but was fun!

though it seemed to be easy, wasn’t easy at all. The sketch of the circuit was helpful, but not too much. Had problems when it came to soldering. I wish we had more time to go through the circuit. I went too fast from seeing the circuit to building it, which made it confusing. but the good thing was to learn how to solder. though i had done it before, this was good practice.

I think we should go through the circuit again. I’d know how to make it, but teaching it to somebody else would put me in trouble. I wouldn’t know where to start. Don’t want to get embarrassed in front of high school students so I think we should know more about the teaching part.
 

As a project, it was fun overall. Working in the lab was fun with the help from the others. Was never boring.
To motivate the people that we’re teaching it to, the circuit has to work and we have to teach it properly. With the time constraints, it would be hard without proper practice. should work on that soldering takes up a lot of time. Even if we figure out the circuit, soldering would take a lot of the time allocated. would be better to think about a solution to that. 

Honestly, the teaching part would be hardest for me so would be nice to brush up that section. We should know a way to arrange the explanations of the  circuit and so on.

process evaluation

Next time tell me:

  • It would be helpful if we had a circuit drawing that was clear and simplified. It would have been nice to have some instruction of how to efficiently layout the waffle board. Not having any instruction meant that i personally spent too way too much time soldering because i had quite a few wire connections.

Next time don’t tell me:

  • Every instruction or tip really helps especially in this particular project, not everyone is a circuit expert.

In terms of a learning project this needs:

  • clear instructions kind of like circuits for dummies, since the project is for high school kids not and electrical engineers.

In terms of a motivational project this needs:

  • cheerleaders(joke). Maybe a few more visually aids and examples of the different methods used in the project

In terms of getting the circuit done efficiently this needs:

  • time has definitely been an issue. I ended up spend over 4hrs getting the  circuit  to work

A more effective way to teach this would be:

  • maybe show us an example of the process and then have us do it on our on, since the time we have  for this class is only 1hr a week.

And furthermore…

  • baa
This may be to difficult for the time constraints for high school students

Isaac Roehm

 

Next time tell me:

  • Which resistors/capacitors affect the pitch the pitch the most

Next time don’t tell me:

  • That it is easy

In terms of a learning project this needs:

  • More time
  • I think that for teaching the students, breadboards would be much easier, faster, and safer

In terms of a motivational project this needs:

  • To be not so hard for the high school students

In terms of getting the circuit done efficiently this needs:

  • Better defined component value

A more effective way to teach this would be:

  • To use breadboards or snap circuits

And furthermore…

  • To a high school student this may seem a lot of work for something a 99 cent app on there phone will do in 30 seconds
criticism

It will have been very helpful to get a better understanding of the circuit before starting anything. circuit was a little bit confusing and also the time of realization of the project was short. 

In terms of learning project we should know all the expectations and also be aware of the outcome of this project to be more involve. We should also have a total control of the circuit as far as explain and built.

for a motivation project all members of each group should be involve in the realization process which will be helpful before going to the school to  help high school student  and also know in advance who is good at do this or that .

In term of getting the circuit done efficiency the help of the TA was really helpful and he explanation of the actual circuit and components was very clear and more helpful.

the more effective way to do this will be to build few more to more in control of the actual circuit and know the influence of any component in the circuit as far as we changing components.

In the process of teaching this to the students it will be helpful to have the teacher tell us the efficient way to teach this project to high school student coming from his old experiences in the area .

Doubtful but hopeful – Eric Ruby

I really think this project was fine for engineering students, however I question the possibility of finishing this in just three 45 minute sessions especially considering each one of us will probably be assigned 3 or so students after the project is described. These students will probably have no experience with circuits and soldering. I do think with a few changes to the process though we can maybe make this happen. I think the circuit needs to be visual simplified ( redrawn, colored lines, etc ). There is also the issue with the diagram of the chip being incorrect which is easily solvable. I think we should probably have a set placing on the breadboard where they should put the components of the circuit instead of letting them just randomly put it together so we don’t run into any issue of spacing that makes the soldering more difficult than it already will be.  My biggest concerns still lay with being able to get all of these soldered and ready to go with enough time to tune and organize a song.

Shenanigans :)

So far I have enjoyed working on this project, some things have been difficult, sure, but nothing too bad. I wish that before the project started I had been given a crash course on circuits. Sure I have worked with circuit diagrams, building on bread boards, and I know the parts of a circuit, but I feel like I have not worked with those things enough to teach a class on it. Being shown where to connect the different parts, or pieces, together would have also helped.  I think that there were not any things that did not need to be said in this course–almost everything was relevant. For everyone to learn, this project team maybe needs more understanding about everything–even if it is only the basics. Because once we start teaching the group of students, if everyone understands the basics of everything, then they can jump in and help anytime. For us to learn, I think we just all need to be there–it is as simple as that. If we all show up and help teach, and do our parts, we will all learn and gain something from this experience. I think the motivation of the project is to be able to teach a group of students about this amazing project. I hope that it is enough to motivate the group, as it is what also motivates me. To get the circuit done efficiently, we as a group need to decide on a simple one we can use to teach the class. A more effective way to teach this is maybe a few sessions that are close together because the high school students could forget things, and we do not have much time with them. And furthermore….well, I think that is about it. :)