My SVCTE Mechatronics Engineering Class Overview 2019-2020



hey everybody sorry I couldn't be here live my name is Jim Burnham I'm the mechatronics teacher here at Silicon Valley CTE I'm super excited about this next year this is my this will be my third year teaching this class so it's kind of settling down and we're kind of getting things organized so this will be the best year yet sorry I can't be there live my superintendent ELISA asked me to host or to be on a part of a panel on manufacturing with our San Jose manufacturing organization and so I couldn't be here tonight but I'm going to give you some overviews I'm going to have some more video attached here to talk about the class hopefully I answer many of your questions but if you have questions please send me an e-mail I'll give you my contact information as well and send me email and and I'm certainly happy to to chat with you I probably will send some mail over the summer to all the new students as they've been registered in the class and kind of get folks ready for for next year I'm super excited see in a bit ok so why don't we start out by watching just a couple videos our filming arts class created a promotional video for us so we'll watch that and then we'll watch a couple other YouTube videos that that popped up with the class and then we'll actually talk about a bunch of stuff in the class I'll go through an overview of what the class is about and then I'll just have a bunch of random comments about you know homework and how we work in the class and equipment where you use and robot club and all that kind of stuff so stay tuned so we live in Silicon Valley and this is the epicenter of technology and so here at Silicon Valley CTE we're trying to create students who have the skillsets to actually work in this valley when I joined mechatronics I had no experience whatsoever coding or creating robots I feel this class is very beneficial living in Silicon Valley due to the technical advances that are happening in this day and age so mechatronics is mecha mechanical engineering and tronic electrical engineering and when you mash those together you get fire-breathing robots but the class really is an engineering class so if we're looking at the you know notable projects the major projects that we do in this class we will of course learn C++ and program Arduino and that's a little little hardware boards and we'll learn how to you know get signals in switches sensors motion sensors those kinds of things and then control motors and stuff like that when they gain that foundation then they can take that knowledge and actually build a differential driven robot in this class we pretty much learn how to cut up code that's like the bottom line and we also learn how you know a lot of the lot of students who are thinking about taking this class they're not sure you know they've never done a nerdy thing like that and and and my answer is come try it out come try to take this what will happen is you'll learn I don't really like the program or I don't really like to like to play with robots but what you might find is that I'm a really good programmer I love to program I didn't know I'd like to do this but I love doing it so that's why I take come try this platen because you might might find that you really actually excel and a really good this is the first year of this mechatronics class so we hadn't ever had this class before so I'm building this class from the ground up and and it's kind of a learning experience for me as well as students but come and come and enjoy and learn some technology hi my name is Benny no escalera Santa Clara high school today we're working on a kinetic art we have two LEDs on top and a DC motor on the bottom and this is our power supply it's volts we're just making a table right here and we're having a few real teeth on it and as the LEDs flash on you on the other side it's like a shadow so it makes like the small short story hi my name is Jim Burnham I'm a mechatronics teacher here at Silicon Valley CTE and today we're doing a kinetic art project so the idea here is just to create a shadow box that's got some motion in it and so my students they they actually they actually soldered up and created the the super-bright LEDs they created little turntables they learn how to use motors and so a whole bunch of engineering went into went into this art project because engineering without art is just calculating all right this is mr. Birnam in 60 seconds so I was born in LA Los Angeles California when I was six months old we moved to Bogota Colombia my dad was an accountant and he worked for whinney murray Ernst and Ernst Ernst & Young now and so I spent my first like five years five and a half years in in Bogota and then we moved to Brussels Belgium and so then I spent the next few years till I was just turning 12 in Belgium and so in Bogota I learned Spanish and then in in in Belgium I got all confused and maybe learned a little bit of French but not really and then when I was 12 we moved to Cleveland Ohio and there I got to see two lunar eclipses I got to meet John Glenn and then my dad changed jobs he could go work for Bank in London he could go work for Bank in San Francisco or he could go to work in Bartlesville Oklahoma he chose Oklahoma and so I spent I spent my my last two years of high school in Oklahoma but then life sped up I went to a year of college out of Brigham Young University in Utah I spent two years in Chile then I came back and spent a semester at Oklahoma State University all right this is mr. Burnham in 60 second all right I'm gonna read you this because like it's more than 60 seconds but so life sped up and I married my high school sweetheart and then I went back to to school had four more years of school at Brigham Young University got my degree aid electronics engineering technology so life as an engineer I was an intern and then summer internship a beehive telephone super-tiny company that I worked for came out here in California and I worked for AM doll and Cybele they no longer exist anymore but I had a friend who worked over two company called silence and I went over one Saturday and he showed me all the cool stuff they were doing and I said oh my gosh I have to have a job here and so I went and figured out how to get interview and 25 plus years later I that was basically whole career and now life as a teacher last year I've taught some summer camps in 2016 I taught cybersecurity and now I this is my third year of teaching mechatronics mechatronics engineering is mecha is mechanical engineering tronics is Electrical Engineering and of course that equals fire-breathing robots that's what we're gonna do this year is fire-breathing robots thanks all right so let's learn a little bit about mechatronics and I'm not expecting any of my students to actually have any experience using using electronics or programming or robots or anything like that it's all all gonna be taught in the class itself and of course that equals fire-breathing robots so what are we gonna learn in this class all right it's a it's a hands-on physics class so it satisfies a 2gd science requirement so it counts as a physics class we're gonna learn about ac/dc circuits and general electronics fundamentals like that we're gonna learn digital logic we're gonna pro we're going to program we're going to learn to program in a number of different languages we'll talk about in a second we've got some 3d printers in the room we're gonna learn a little bit about pneumatic systems some programmable logic controllers and then of course you know lots of robotics so as far as ac/dc circuits right we're going to learn Ohm's law it's series two parallel circuits and lots of digital logic now the tools that we're going to use for programming is this Arduino and a Raspberry Pi we're gonna learn to program in C++ with the Arduino and we're going to learn to program in Python with the Raspberry Pi and like I said most of my students have never had any programming so don't let that scare you we're gonna learn from the very very beginning on how to how to program we've got 3d printers and so we're gonna do some 3d design learn how to you know do some CAD drawings in in 3d CAD tools and then print those out like I said we're gonna play around a little bit with some pneumatic systems and then of course program a logic controllers industrial controllers and industrial robots I have this Hispanic robot in my in my classroom and we'll we'll have some modules where you will learn to drive that robot use that robot move it around and and and and do stuff with it so that's gonna be super cool we also do lots of competitions with our little robots so we build a little don't drive off the table robots we play with these vex robots we build some little submarines and we have opportunities to compete locally against other high schools or regionally and and state and this year my my vex competitors built some little vex robots and we competed in SkillsUSA and they won third place in regionals and placed about fifth in the state so that's really cool so everything I do is hands-on lots and lots of hands-on lots of project-based learning so you'll be you'll be doing things individually but you'll also be doing things in in teams and so for example one of the very first projects we do is this Arduino Rube Goldberg project where we learn the basics of programming with the Arduino but then we we end up we end up building a system that has switches and motors and and all kinds of stuff where you'll be able to you know control your environment with with the with the Arduino be able to sense when something happens with light sensors or motion sensors and then you know control a motor to flick a ball or push a car or do you know tip over some dominoes or something like that and like I said it's you know basically it's you know you got to make use an Arduino use a motor and use some sensors and make stuff move and so that's always fun because you have this great big project that goes from from team to team to team to team doing crazy stuff but it's a really good project because it it causes students have to interact as teams it causes them to negotiate with their with the teams before and after them it also allows them to document the whole process the document what worked what didn't work how they solve it they've got to have some source code gotta have code that they've written and that they present they present the their section and how it worked and and and how interacted with others so it's a really great project and all my projects are or kind of like this where where you're gonna you're gonna have a presentation part of it um with some documentation part of it and then lots and lots of hands-on parts plus we gotta do Halloween last few years we've been doing a haunted house here at the school and my students get to build and and create stuff that work inside the haunted house so that's cool so meet my students right you come from all over San Jose in Silicon Valley some of you know absolutely you're going to college right after high school many of you this might be you know you might be the first person in your family considering even going to college half of you don't even know you know what what you're gonna do after after high school and and some of you tentatively say you know will there be a lot of math well there'll be some math but we'll learn all the math that needs to be learned in class as part of the projects so I'm not expecting you to to be a super math whiz even coming into my class so I'm glad you decided to take a chance on me and my mechatronics class it's going to be super fun we're gonna do some super fun stuff and you're gonna be able to excel and and learn and do all kinds of things and and really have control of the projects that you that you that you work on my hope for you is is that you you really get a good good knowledge of hands-on engineering if if you're if you don't know what you're doing after high school and you and you don't know if you're gonna be going to college well we do the plan is that you will be able to get a fanuc robot handling tool Hamlin certification you will have exposure to programmable logic controllers and industrial control so being able to go into you know factory automation and those kinds of things those entry-level jobs should be able to go into some of those jobs right out of my class but if you're going on to college or thinking about going junior college this is a great pathway for you know electrical engineering mechanical engineering mechatronics engineering computer science all of those are great pathways for this for this class and of course fire-breathing robots and you can't go wrong with that hey thanks and I'll maybe have a couple more videos but certainly if you've got any questions I'll give you my contact information as well and you'll be able to email me and ask me any additional questions you want all right so let's explore the question of how hard is my class so I have really high expectations of my students I'm expecting you to work I'm expecting you to learn I'm expecting you to be able to focus on on the tasks that we do but I'm also expecting that most of you if not all of you have not had any coding classes have not had any electronic classes haven't played with robots at all so what might I understand that you're you're gonna come to my class hoping to learn electronics and hoping to learn engineering and try something out that maybe you haven't ever thought about trying but I don't expect you to know very much about this topic and that's what we're gonna do is we're gonna learn that in this class so you know as I said my expectation is that you don't have that experience if you do that's great and you'll just be ahead and be able to work on projects that that that we can you know step up but but if you don't we're gonna learn how to code from the very beginning we're gonna learn electronics from the very beginning we're gonna learn to play with robots and program robots from the very beginning so know that I'm gonna expect a lot of work out of you but know that we are gonna learn how to do that in class and I'll provide the instruction and the lab and the experience and the time for you to be able to learn those things when the s yo puedo hablar español se que si el español whether you a delay con last arias or laboratory assort Rochas alguna vases for BT permit a que que los estudiantes SE puede escribir algunos de Reyes en espanol CS mass kumo s Korean español que in English si si si for the waiver services I'm also trying to learn Mandarin although I only know tiny tiny bit but I'm gonna be this summer I'm actually gonna be in Taiwan and so I want to learn a little bit of Mandarin as well they say you know if you speak if you speak three languages you're trilingual if you speak two languages you're bilingual if you speak one language then you're an American so I really I really applaud folks who learn a second language their language fourth language at a friend of mine he's like knows six languages my dad can speak like eight languages it's crazy I just speak I just speak Spanish tiny bit of French and in English anyway right so let's talk about homework homework we're not gonna have a lot of homework we'll have some most the time it'll be go watch this video and be ready to talk about this tomorrow or go read this article and answer these four questions many of the assignments that I do in my classroom especially at the beginning of class usually is you know some writing assignment where you have to answer some questions I expect them to be turned in but you don't necessarily have to do them right then you can do them you know at a different time or if you don't get them done you can turn them in late I expect that you get your assignments turned in though so you know some points are is better than zero points and if you turn on an assignment in and I grade it and you get a C on it I'm expecting you to actually return it in for a better grade and I'll give you more points for doing that right because I think it's it's it's better to improve and learn then just be graded on something in them that's it but yeah so not not a lot of homework pretty much everything we do will be done in class the reason why is because most of the time we're using equipment or we're using lab materials that are in class and you don't have access to those so like I said lots of assignments but not very much homework all right so I'm going to talk about some just random stuff so headphones I want every student to have a pair of headphones we're going to watch videos and sometimes it's going to be at your own pace and so I'm gonna want all the students to have a pair of headphones so they can plug into the computer so if you got and they can be just cheap headphones and I'm gonna have a bin of you know dollar store headphones if you want to buy it buy all three for a dollar I'll have headphones virtually any time you need to buy one but you keep those in your bin and then you have them in class and you never have to worry about oh I don't have any headphones now I need these to be headphones can plug into the computer so standard chatter headphone jack sometimes phones some of your phones will have specialized headphones that only plug into the phone but not the computer and so make sure that it's a it's it's headphones yeah headphone all right let's talk about class equipment so we're gonna have a lot of equipment in class but but there's also going to be some equipment or lab materials that each student is going to get so every student's going to get like an Arduino which is a little microcontroller board that they're going to use throughout the year they're gonna go to Raspberry Pi kit that they'll use throughout the year they'll get us some tools they'll get like a screwdriver and some some pliers and some other stuff like that that gets safety glasses I'm expecting you to keep track of those all right they're gonna get checked out to you and at the semester or at the end of the year they're gonna get checked in and my expectation is that you've kept track of them so that's gonna be one of the things that we're gonna work on very quickly right in the beginning the year making sure that you keep all your stuff in your bin and it's put away and we're gonna lock them up between classes so you know once once it's you're out of class you shouldn't have to worry about it but while you're in class you have to take care of your materials so at the end of the air if you don't have an Arduino then I'm expecting that to get replaced Arduino czar you know 10 to 15 bucks a kit Raspberry Pi kits are like $35 a kit tools or you know so I mean there's probably about $100 worth of materials that you're going to be responsible for and you need to keep track of that phones let's talk about phones so I'm struggling with phones bless you but students man you just have a hard time not playing with your phones and and I just I just can't I just can't do that there's give me times where I don't want you get your phone out and when I want you get your phone out and and you know you've done some really cool thing I want your snapchat it and post on social media and let know what cool stuff you've done but virtually other than that we just don't eat phones we're not gonna be listening music and so you don't need your phone listen to music you don't need your phone to be texting people during class you don't need your phone to be watching you know videos or playing games during class so we'll have a chat about about phones at the beginning of the year but but know that that that you really just aren't going to be using your phone in my classroom and and have that be expectation from the beginning that that's that that's what the rules are going to be and hope that's not a problem for you but we'll practice that first week or so school and make sure that everybody's got a good understanding of phone use in my classroom thanks robots let's talk about robot club so I do robot club basically as part of class my expectation is that every student my class is part of our club and we typically do robot club those kind of projects Wednesdays and sometimes part on part on Fridays and depending on is we're getting close to a competition and students are going to competitions then then we'll do a little bit more but basically we we don't have an after-school program and I'm working on trying to figure out how to maybe do that but it's just kind of odd how that works at this school because students get on the bus they come when they give them a bus that go away and then they're not here and so so having an after-school robot Club is difficult so what I do is I do it in class just part of part of our two or two hours or three hours of class we'll have a robot Club a couple times a week every one of my students will be on a team that'll work on some robot club project not every every every team will be going to actually competitions those who want to will make make that arrangements so what do we do we do vex that's kind of an erector set style robot we do some tabletop robots like don't drive off the table we do some submersibles our Ovie's I've got a pool and and we'll do some little robots to go in pool I think we do all kinds of random stuff whenever I find some competition we get into I try and get students to be involved so we got cut off with RO a club but we do some other competitions I've got some some hydrogen powered cars that little race cars and then we also will be working on you know just some others I've got some little remote-control cars that we've hacked with raspberry PI's and turning them into autonomous vehicles there's some competitions for that as well so students be ready we're gonna do some really crazy fun things and let you have a lot of choices on kind of competitions you do parents I'm going to need help when we go to competitions so I'm gonna need I'm going to need folks to drive sometimes they're not sometimes they're an hour away you know we'll just need some help some support so please be ready to to to jump in and and help with with that as as your student is involved in some of those competitions whoo so I do get the question for parents how can I help in the classroom can I come work in the classroom can I you know go on field trips and things like that and the answer is they qualified yes so I'm totally game for that I can always use help in class during labs during kind of our robot club timeframe which we do during class and stuff like that so so yeah if you want to if you want to come you know be in my classroom work at my classroom we could work we can work that out the other thing though is that if you know if you are someone who you know has some expertise or know someone and says oh this person is really good with robots and or they work in this really cool place and they would love to come talk to your students I would love to have guest speakers and my goal is to have one you know every other week maybe even every week if I could do that and so please you know if you if you know somebody or you want to be involved with my class please let's chat and and and kind of figure that out put it schedule together and and and do some stuff like that especially if you know places that would be interesting to go for field trips we do get some budget to do field trips and so I'm always came to to go off and to do field trips as well so yeah talk to me I'd love to have you in my classroom all right so that's it I probably got tons of other stuff that you might have questions about I'm gonna publish a bunch of stuff I'm gonna have a handout that has contact information a link to a website where you can get more information potentially syllabus that you can look at a bunch of other stuff so stay tuned and I'll post at the end of this video I'll post my my contact information as well but like I said I'll have a handout that you can do alright so I'm super excited I'm super super excited can you tell that I'm excited it's gonna be super great year alright see you later you

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