Misc » CIJE Live Course Descriptions

CIJE Live Course Descriptions

Open hours with a CIJE Engineer:

Have questions?  We have a dedicated Team of Educators/Engineers and Technical Specialists here to help you.  These sessions are a great time to work on your projects and get the help that you may need.  Listed below are some of the services that we offer:

  • Project help: Hardware/Software
  • TinkerCad: tailoring solutions to your need, can’t find a sensor, can’t get code to work, etc.
  • Innovation day: Presentations, Web page development, etc
  • Teachers: Need help setting up TinkerCad classrooms, developing, implementing your curriculum virtually, or need individually tailored guidance

Arduino TinkerCAD 101: Intro

If you are new to TinkerCad this session for you.  We will outline for you using TinkerCad the following:

  • Basic Sign-on, navigation, an exploration of self-guided resources
  • TinkerCad features, 3D, Circuits and support areas
  • A brief demo using the Circuit section
  • Q/A to help you with getting started

Arduino TinkerCAD 201: Sensors

If you have just started with TinkerCad this is a great session to attend.  We will demonstrate how to get started using some basic sensors, such as a photocell, temperature module.  Here are some basic concepts that will help get started:

  • Types of sensors: analog, digital
  • How to incorporate sensors into circuits and write code
  • A live demo will be performed to show how circuits/coding works in TinkerCad
  • Q/A to help clarify features and limits of some sensors 

Arduino TinkerCAD 301: Motors

When working with Arduino circuits we perform three tasks, sensing, processing and outputting.  In this session we will explore how to use the basic motor included in the TinkerCad environment.  Here is an overview of what will be covered:

  • Four basic motors that can be found in TinkerCad
  • Basic output strategies, digital (On/Off), analog (varying speed, direction)
  • A short build up and demo of the motors in use
  • Q/A period to address usage and application questions

Digital Design & Branding

Learn about the building blocks of creating a brand. This session will be an introductory overview of Logo, Slogan and Visuals. The class is interactive with mini design exercises for students to do as they follow along. By the end of the session, students will have the vocabulary and tools to put together a Design Document. 

Branding and Marketing

Learn about strategies and tools to spread the word about your brand and product. In this session, students will learn about Search Engine Optimization and how to use Google Analytics. The course will also discuss the steps for launching a successful brand campaign and variety of platforms to establish your brand’s presence. 

Logo Creation 

Download gravit.io free designer edition (not Pro) before the class. You may also download an app icon grid from https://vitorials.net/freebie/ios-app-icon-vector-grid-for-gravit-designer/ (this is optional). This class will take students step-by-step to creating their own app icon using gravit.io. By the end of the session, students will be able to export their creation to a downloadable png file. 

Comp Sci: Functional Functions 

If you feel comfortable with Arduino basics, this class is a great next step.  We’ll explore the use of functions to simplify and organize your codes into clear and concise programs.  Besides the benefits of becoming a more efficient and useful coder, using functions aids in troubleshooting and fixing your code, eliminating a lot of the syntax and logic errors normally missed with long and repetitive codes.  Your use of functions will make you a better coder in no time!

Comp Sci: Musical Arrays 

Learn about arrays by writing your own melody! Arrays are a fundamental programming tool used in almost all languages. We will cover what an array is, how to use one, and how to make one, as well as just enough about musical notes to be dangerous. If you know how to program an LED with Blink and have a TinkerCAD account, you are ready to rock, or pop, or hip hop.  

Design Thinking

Design thinking is a process for creative problem solving that puts an emphasis on the people you’re creating for. This presentation takes you through each of the processes and explains how one might use this model to create an innovative capstone. 

Innovation Day 2.0 

The session goes over some of the new elements that we are introducing this year: Webpage, Video pitch, expanded types of project submissions, and a general overview of the time table for capstones and Innovation day.


Webpage Development

We will learn about CIJE’s expectations for the presenting projects for Innovation Day on a webpage. We’ll explore a few free online options for building a page, focusing on the Google Sites platform.  No programming/HTML/CSS required.


3D Modeling 101: TinkerCAD

You can build a 3D model of your projects using TinkerCAD. Learn basic skills in 3D modeling on Autodesk’s CAD platform, TinkerCAD. We’ll learn how to scale objects true to the real world size to combine basic shapes to make complex structures to house the components of your projects.


Physical Prototyping:

Building a scale model of your projects helps work out how components fit together as well as give a better vision of your solution. Learn basic skills in using tools and materials found at home to build a prototype of your capstone projects.