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Courses

The following Modern Maker courses are offered:

MAKR 100
Introduction to Microcontrollers and Physical Computing    3 Units
Prerequisite: None
Hours: 54 hours LEC
Physical computing is a term for interactive physical systems that combine software and hardware to sense and respond to the analog world. In this hands-on course, students will learn to employ design thinking to create solutions that satisfy design requirements, and combine programming, microcontrollers, sensors, and output devices to develop conceptual and functional physical computing prototypes. This course is designed for makers, artists and inventors, entrepreneurs, educators, hobbyists, and anyone interested in solving problems, developing or enhancing products, improving business processes, gaining additional job skills, or creating interactive art. No prior experience with programming or microcontrollers required. Students will need access to an Arduino microcontroller starter kit.

MAKR 101

The Internet of Things    3 Units
Prerequisite: None
Hours: 54 hours LEC
The course is an introduction to the concepts and technologies that enable the Internet of Things (IoT), including software, microcontrollers, network technologies, sensors and actuators. In this hands-on course, students will be introduced to the history and evolution of IoT, analyze and evaluate a variety of IoT systems and devices used in manufacturing, environmental monitoring, home automation, medical devices, and consumer products, and use design thinking and hardware and software skills to design, build, and test a simple IoT prototype. This course is designed for makers, artists and inventors, entrepreneurs, educators, hobbyists, and anyone interested in enhancing job skills, solving problems, developing or improving products and business processes, or creating interactive art. No prior experience with programming or microcontrollers required. Students will need access to an Arduino microcontroller starter kit.

MAKR 110

3D Design for Additive Manufacturing    3 Units
Prerequisite: None
Hours: 54 hours LEC
In this hands-on course, students will design and fabricate 3D objects using computer-aided design (CAD) software and 3D printers. They will participate in the design process and become familiar with the advantages and limitations of each 3D printing technology in terms of precision, resolution, and material capabilities. Students will employ design thinking to create solutions that satisfy design requirements, and apply 3D printing technology to develop conceptual and functional prototypes. Designed for students with no prior experience with 3D printing or design.

MAKR 111

Digital Fabrication    3 Units
Prerequisite: None
Hours: 54 hours LEC
In this hands-on course, students will design and fabricate objects using computer-aided design (CAD) software and a variety of digital fabrication tools and technologies, including 3D printing (3DP), laser cutting, and Computer Numerical Control (CNC) milling, while employing design thinking to create conceptual and functional prototypes that satisfy project requirements. This course is designed for makers, artists and inventors, entrepreneurs, educators, hobbyists, and anyone interested in enhancing job skills, solving problems, developing or improving products and business processes, or creating works of art. No prior experience with digital fabrication required.

MAKR 290

Digital Fabrication    1 Unit
Prerequisite: MAKR 100, 101, 110, and 111 with grades of "C" or better
Hours: 18 hours LEC
The capstone project is an opportunity for students to demonstrate applied interdisciplinary skills, creativity, problem solving, and design thinking in the development of an in-depth making project. Working with faculty, students will create a project plan and develop a work product using skills, technologies and techniques of making. Students may choose to extend a prototype developed as part of a MAKR class, or address an identified challenge or need from the perspective of a specific discipline. Successful projects integrate modern making skills and techniques, and embody an awareness of a variety of constraints, including economic factors, user experience, safety, reliability, resources, market needs, aesthetics, ethics, and social impact. Students will have the opportunity to present their work as part of spotlight and showcase events. Students are required to supply materials and supplies to complete their projects.

MAKR 295

Independent Studies in Modern Making    1-3 Units
Prerequisite: None
Hours: 54-162 hours LAB

Updated 6/15/17

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