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week 01: Project Management

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Introduction to the course and the first practical assignment: Getting a taste of how to use Markdown Language, how to install and use Git and how to use GitLab to deploy a website for the project documentation.

week 02: 2D and 3D Design

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First steps in CAD Applications, like Libre CAD and Fusion 360. Libre CAD was used to create a first drawing of a possible design of the container for the electronic parts of the final project idea. Fusion was used to visualize the object, which was planned out beforehand, in a 3D environment.

week 03: Laser Cutting

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Laser cutting time! Steps taken to make a parametric design in Fusion 360 and preparing it for cutting it with a laser cutter.

week 04: 3D Printing

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This week we learned the fundamentals of 3D printing. By getting an introduction to the configuration options of a 3D printer and in the end creating our own model, again in Fusion 360, preparing it with Cura to be ready to be printed.

week 05: Embedded programming

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This week we got to know the Arduino Uno and wrote our first little program, which included serial communication, reading a button as input device and writing a LED as output device.

week 06: Input Devices

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This week we got to know some input devices, how to use them and process the data. I tried out a soil moisture sensor, the DHT11 to meassure the air humidity and temperature and a LDR to meassure the amount of light present. In the end they formed a small “Plant Weather Station”

week 07: Output Devices

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After the input device week there’s of course the output device week! This week we got to know some output devices and how to use them. In this example I initially tried using a LED matrix, which failed due to problem I couldn’t solve. Soo there had to be some improvisations.

week 08: Electronics Design

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This week we learned the very basics of electronics design. For planning out the board we used Eagle.

week 09 - 11: The Final Project