Electronics: from Basic Circuitry to Solar “The future of sustainable energy”
FAB LAB San Diego, in Partnership with UCSD Extension present Southeast SD Youth Program FREE UCSD Extension accredited Pre-College courses at South Metro Career Center.
In this course students learn fundamentals of electronics and electricity, from Basic Circuitry to Solar, “The future of sustainable energy”.
In the Electronics and Solar track of our summer program, students learned about basic electronic concepts including electricity characteristics, theory including Ohm’s and Joule’s laws, and reading schematics to build their circuits. They also learned about solar systems, with an emphasis on photovoltaic installation and function.
They initially worked with small solar cells within wireless solar lamps of their own design, then moved into assembling and testing larger-scale solar panel array systems, to finally building their own “Karma Charger”, a Fab Lab SD-designed and student built solar-charged device that can be carried in a pocket or handbag to charge any USB-powered device such as a cell phone, cameras, MP3 player, etc. The Karma Charger is also unique in that it contains up-cycled components, using electronics that would otherwise go into a landfill to create a mobile charger that can fully charge the average cell phone three times.
This program has been made possible by the support of the Gary and Mary West Foundation.
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