Classes and Training

Classes and training

Classes Introductory ImageWith decades of combined experience in teaching, electronics and physics, we are constantly frustrated by the lack of training and tutoring that is available to those with an interest in electronics and the more practical aspects of science and physics. While the need for these skills is overlooked in high school and at four-year universities, employers and university recruiters certainly have an interest in them. On our staff we have former ISU researchers as well as industrialists. The consensus is that students with practical skills are rare but highly sought after.

short courses

We offer a set of short courses designed to bridge the gap between the classroom environment and the industrial world.  The courses build on the fundamental concepts learned in school and show the students how they can be applied in real-world settings.  For many students, this attachment to reality can be a significant aid to their academic performance.  The depth of knowledge and experience that these application-based courses provide to the students will give them an excellent head start in college and will be looked upon favorably by prospective employers. 


Computer and appliance repair:  It's not rocket science and why should you pay a big box retailer hundreds of Dollars to fix your computer - that's what they charge.  Learn how to do it yourself in our new course.  Starting April 2009.

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DTV-Help:  Confused by all this talk of digital TV / DTV?  Have a converter box but lousy reception?  Having trouble with too many wires, plug-ins and remotes?  Don't know whether you need a roof antenna or not?  So many questions, so many problems!  But it's not that hard, really.  In a couple of hours with some hands-on training by porfessional and experienced engineers it will all become clear!  Call today to find out more or sign up form one of our daytime or evening classes. 

Practical Electronics: Learn how to use the latest equipment and instrumentation as well as advanced software development tools for designing printed circuit boards. In this course you will actually design a circuit (of your choice) and have the printed circuit board fabricated by a professional board manufacturing house. The board will have your name on the silk screen so take it along to your next interview!

The Scientific Method: Learn how to think like a scientist and to conduct experiments that produce meaningful and reliable results. In this program you will learn to consider sources of error before conducting an experiment. The short course will develop strong analytical and problem-solving skills.

other classes and tutoring

Many of the individual modules that comprise the short courses can be taught as shorter (weekend or evening) classes.  See the complete list of classes and courses for more information.  


Code Name Description Hours Format Dates
Short Courses
SC1 Practical Electronics Learn how to use the latest equipment software and instrumentation.  Design a circuit of your choice. 92 SC 9-Jun
SC2 The Scientific Method Learn how to think like a scientist and to conduct experiments that produce meaningful and reliable results.  60 SC 9-Jun
Modules Making Practical Electronics Short (can be taken seperately)
M1.1 Introduction to electronics Electrical basic:  Current, voltage, power.  Build simple circuits involvolving lamps in series and parallel.  Learn how to measure basic electrical quantities. 4 S 22-Mar
M1.2 Electronic components (basic) Components:  The different types of electronic components (resistors, integrated circuits, capacitors etc.) and how to identify them.  Learn how to test electronic components. 4 S call
M1.3 AC Electronics AC Circuit Behavior:  Understand how circuits work under alternating-current conditions.  Includes AC specific measurements such as frequency and impedance.  How to use an oscilloscope. 8 L call
M1.4 Electronic components (advanced) Components:  What they do and how to use them when building electronic circuits. 12 L call
M1.5 Fun Electronic Circuits Circuits:  Learn how to design and build simple but fun electronic circuits such as a burgular alarm, plant soil moisture meter and festive electronic decorations. 12 L call
M1.6 Build a PCB PCB:  Design from scratch a printed circuit board using the latest computer-aided design software.  The board will be manufactured by a professional PCB fabrication facility. 12*1 L 29-Mar
M1.7 Advanced topics (1) Impedance: Meaning of and measurement if electrical impedance. 4 S call
M1.8 Advanced topics (2) Data acquisition:  Learnt to use data-acquisition systems.  Includes component on programming using the C-language. 12 L call
M1.9 Advanced topics (3) Design and build a fun electronic ciecuit board.  The board will be fabricated by a professional board fabrication house. 12 L call
M1.10 Digital electronics Counter, timers etc. 4 S call
M1.11 Digital meets analog Analog to digital and digital to analog conversion 8 L call
Modules Making Scientific Method (can be taken seperately)
M2.1 Introduction  The Scientific Method and what it means to be a scientist 4 S call
M2.2 Some basic Necessary background information including Newton's laws, basic math etc. 12 L call
M2.3 Experimentation Why we do experiments and how to do them.  Plan, conduct and analyze the results from a simple experiment. 12 L call
M2.4 Analysis  Use of programs such as MS Excel to analyze experimental results.  Understand statistics and experimental errors. 12 L call
M2.5 More experiments Plan and conduct a series of unuslay and exciting experiments. 12 L call
M2.6 Presentation Learn how to present results in written form, graphically and thorugh oral presentation. 8 L call

SC = Short course, run daily for three consecutive weeks, approximately four to six hours per day.
S = Evenings or weekends
L = Weekends or daytime during breaks

*1 Requires a two week gap to allow time for professional PCB fabrication

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