Member Education

When possible, we ask experienced members to host lectures or workshops on topics related to the world of robotics. We try to record these lectures and post them on our Youtube channel for anyone interested to view.

Hardware Lectures 2020-21

Sept. 19, 2020

Adam talks about microcontrollers, starting with the ever-popular Arduino then moving on to the STM32 family of microcontrollers. Adam discusses practical considerations when designing custom hardware involving microcontrollers.

Oct. 14, 2020

Adam introduces Altium Designer, starting with some basic schematic capture, then moving on to board setup. Adam covers basic design rule generation and adjustment, board shape definition, via sizes, and begins discussion of layout and routing considerations.

Oct. 31, 2020

Adam talks about the basics of diodes, BJT's, and MOSFET's, focusing on the general concepts of their construction and practical descriptions of their functions and uses.

Nov. 7, 2020

In this lecture, Adam covers the basics of Op-Amps and Comparators. He starts with the fundamental behavior of op-amps and the basic assumptions we make about their operation. Next he discusses the importance of negative feedback in constructing op-amp circuits and dives into fundamental op-amp circuit topologies. Adam ends with talking about comparators and introduces the concept of positive feedback and hysteresis.

Nov. 14, 2020

In this crash course, Adam covers power supply fundamentals, including linear, switching, and isolated topologies.