EAGLE Tutorials for PCBs for the Arduino Mega

There are three projects that the students complete with different teachers.

Engineering, robotics, and programming
Students will completely engineer, fabricate, and test a small carnival game. The minimum requirements for the carnival game are to have an electrical/robotic component that must automatically keep score and/or notify when someone wins, at least one sensor, at least one automated motion, and at least one advanced electronic feature. The game must be fully functional, reliable, portable, and entertaining. Students submit a detailed proposal that has a well developed description, full materials list, complete instructions for the construction, and computer generated diagrams of the game. Throughout the project, students maintain an engineering notebook.

Geo and environmental
What ecosystem services are provided by the trees on my school property? On my home property? In the Environmental Science component of SRT 3, the dollar savings and reduction in "footprint" benefits are explored, such as heating, cooling, CO2, stormwater, aesthetics, and air quality. Students will develop an understanding of standard forestry, dendrology, and landscape research concepts and techniques. They will utilize current industry software used in urban analysis and planning, such as ArcGIS and iTree, as well as Excel and Google Earth, in order to create professional quality maps and charts. The final scientific research poster will demonstrate student learning by reporting an accurate analysis of baseline data provided by trees at home and reporting a set of priorities for more effective decision-making in landscape changes most highly valued by the family and community members. We love to hug trees.

Students in Mrs. McDonough’s SRT groups will be participating in an on-going research project in collaboration with Rutgers University and Johns Hopkins University. “Genomic Analysis of Wolffia australiana “  is the official name of the project, where students are taught techniques for bacterial culturing, pipetting, Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR), gel electrophoresis, restriction enzyme digest and plasmid extraction. Students purify a section of Wolffia DNA nthat has been genetically engineered into a bacteria and then analyze the sequence of that DNA through bioinformatics using a program, DSAP (DNA Sequence Analysis Program) provided by Rutgers. Students then submit the genomic information to NCBI (National Center for Biotechnology Information) for publication of their findings.