In order to help students acclimate to the project building environment, our course curriculum features a series of projects ranging from beginner, intermediate, and advanced. Students choose their preference projects and work in groups of two in the first 5 weeks  to complete the project series.



In the last 5 weeks of class, students form groups of 4-5 to pursue their own project based on the knowledge they've gained since the beginning of the course. Students are encouraged to incorporate interdisciplinary concepts into their projects.



There are other avenues of involvement for student developers or students who are unable to take ECE 196 due to scheduling. Project-in-a-Box (PiB) team develops projects and the PiB program allows students to work on projects on their own time.



ECE 196 is a hands-on course designed for students to gain hands-on engineering experience through projects in team building environments. Projects were designed by students for students to help students expand their engineering toolbox.


In the first five weeks, students work in groups of two to build projects that incorporate a combination of electrical and mechanical engineering (Guitar Effects, Binary Clock, Robotic Arm, Solar Tracker).


In the last five weeks of class, students work in teams of four to develop a new project or improve upon an existing project. In the course of one quarter, students work on a total of four projects that will test their ability to problem solve, adapt, and engineer.  



"The class helped me gain more skills that I wouldn't have the opportunity to learn in other classes. It also allowed me to get better some skills I already had such as debugging circuits and soldering."

ECE 196 Student, Fall 2016

"Amazing class. I feel like I was able to learn a lot and I loved the entire class environment."

ECE 196 Student, Winter 2017