Project: Design, build, and test a wirelessly networked product that is self-powered by solar cells

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In this section of ENGR 100, students will learn about solar energy collection and storage, and more generally, about electrical circuits, micro-controllers, wireless technology, and energy/power. The first half of the class will teach concepts in each of these areas, where electrical systems provide information collection, processing, and networking for all engineering fields. Laboratory sessions incorporate hands-on experiments to work with electrical circuits, solar cells, energy storage, micro-controllers, and wireless technology. In the second part of the class, students will work in teams to design, build, and test a wirelessly networked product that is self-powered by solar cells. The specific emphasis or challenge for the design project will change according to semester of offering.