The Cuyamaca College Prototyping Laboratory
The Cuyamaca College
Prototyping Laboratory is a place for you to make things and to
take fun classes. The lab features a variety of
prototyping tools including a 3D printer, a 40W laser cutter, machine tools, and a full-featured
microcontroller facility. List of
developed as a way for freshman engineering students at Cuyamaca College to gain
experience with real design projects, the Prototyping Lab has grown into a
resource for all residents of San Diego's East County, operating a bit like TechShop in San Jose.
We meet Saturdays between 9
am and noon in room F301 at Cuyamaca College. Feel free to drop in and
grab a cup of coffee. Bring a project to work on.
|Spring 2014 Classes
in Microcontrollers and Robotics
offer 4 courses in microcontrollers and robotics (plus, this spring,
Robotics Laboratory (see below)). These are
"project-based" courses, meaning that each lesson starts with a brief
lecture, then the rest of the time is spent working through projects
that exemplify the principles featured in that lesson. The courses
are nominally 8 or 10 weeks long, including some work at home.
If you haven't done this kind of work
before, we strongly recommend you start with Introduction
to Microcontrollers. Note: All the courses listed below
require equipment. You can either use ours, for free (but you'll be
limited to using it in the lab), or you can buy your own, which we recommend.
Estimated costs are provided in each course description.
Introduction to Microcontrollers - An 8 week introduction to
microcontrollers using the popular Arduino microcontroller. Kit is
$60, or you can build your own.
We are not running the Intro to Microcontrollers class this spring.
However it's largely self-taught anyway, and there are plenty of us here who
can help you out when you need it. If you want to take the class,
please come by the lab starting 25 January 2014, and we'll get you going on
Introduction to Robotics
- Study of autonomous robotics using a
behavioral robotics approach. Intro to Microcontrollers
is strongly recommended before taking this class. Robot is about $80,
ordered from Parallax.
We are not running the Intro to Robotics class this spring.
Instead we'll be running a Robotics Laboratory (see below). If you
want to do Intro to Robotics, please come by and talk with us. We
should be able to set you up. If enough people (2 or more) are
interested, we'll set up a class, and that's more fun than doing it alone.
Microcontrollers A 10-week course in microcontrollers
featuring PIC microcontrollers, and programming in both Assembly and C.
Intro to Microcontrollers
strongly recommended before taking this class. Plan on spending around
$70 for the PicKit2 programmer and other supplies. Also bring a flash
drive (or your own laptop).
1 February - 5 April 2014
- Intro to Robotics strongly recommended before taking this class
We are not running the Intermediate
Robotics class this spring. Instead we'll be running a Robotics
Laboratory (see below).
-Starts 25 January 2014. This will be an open laboratory. We'll
be building Arduino robots, making robot bodies and parts, going deeper into
behavioral robotics studies, and possibly developing neural networks.
Obviously it will be very open-ended, so pease come and contribute your
expertise, or just play (like we're going to do). This is your
opportunity to make parts with a 3D printer and/or laser cutter. If
enough people are interested, we may run the Intro to Robotics
Photos and movies from previous
ENGR 170 - 173 classes
Questions? Feel free
to contact Duncan McGehee at email@example.com