In this course, you will acquire a blend of foundational knowledge and hands-on experience to orient you to the world of mechatronics. You will assemble, measure, design, and analyze your own simple circuit using key mathematical concepts and formulas. You will also examine how to set up a microcontroller, which will provide you with tools that you will use for the rest of the courses in this certificate program. This introduction to circuits and their basic functionality will create a solid base for your growth, both throughout this certificate program and in your daily life at work and beyond.

To be successful in this course, you must be able to download and install Arduino IDE to complete course assignments. The kit purchased as part of this certificate program will provide you with the physical materials you will need to complete your assignments outside of your computer system.

In this course, you will dive deeper into the behavior of time-varying circuits. You will assemble various essential time-varying circuits with an opportunity to practice on even more. Combining math and construction, you will predict circuit behavior through formulas and, using an oscilloscope, measure and compare their behavior with your predictions. Finally, you will build a practical circuit that completes a specific task, giving you applicable hands-on experience and critical-thinking abilities to help you reach your professional goals.

You are required to have completed the following course or have equivalent experience before taking this course:

  • Building a Basic Circuit

Having a solid foundational understanding of the concepts of microcontrollers allows you to solve problems creatively when you face specific challenges. In this course, you will explore the basic programming concepts of Arduino to set yourself ahead in just that way. You will first build an Arduino circuit with an input and an output. You will also discover how to expand that basic microcontroller by adding additional inputs and outputs. Finally, you will utilize these skills to explore the many ways to program these inputs and outputs. By the end of this course, you will be poised to innovate in your role and beyond.

You are required to have completed the following courses or have equivalent experience before taking this course:

  • Building a Basic Circuit
  • Building Time-Varying Circuits

One of the most important elements of circuitry is its connection to motors. In this course, you will gain valuable insights and experience on how to build and program circuits to control motors. You will first understand the purpose and mathematical underpinnings of a motor driver circuit, providing you with the tools you will need for exploration and innovation. You will then build a circuit to drive three common types of motors. Finally, you will write the code to control these motors, completing the process and providing you with the theoretical foundation and tangible techniques to apply in your future work.

You are required to have completed the following courses or have equivalent experience before taking this course:

  • Building a Basic Circuit
  • Building Time-Varying Circuits
  • Programming a Circuit's Microcontroller

In this course, you will explore how to properly use sensors and gain invaluable hands-on experience with them. To begin, you will collect data from sensors and discover how to translate that data into a usable form — a key skill for your future endeavors in this area. You will then wire the sensors based on the proper protocol discussed in the course materials. Finally, you will write the code to interface with the sensors, confirming your ability to complete this process from start to finish. Overall, your skills and knowledge from this course will prove critical in your career and future projects.

You are required to have completed the following courses or have equivalent experience before taking this course:

  • Building a Basic Circuit
  • Building Time-Varying Circuits
  • Programming a Circuit's Microcontroller
  • Building and Programming Circuits That Control Motors

In this course, you'll apply your mechatronics skills to design and build a project of your choice. The topic is open-ended: You could build a mobile robot, a device to automate something around your house, or a kinetic art project like a statue or painting that reacts to the viewer. For a final deliverable, you'll produce video and technical documentation about your project, giving you a chance to refine your skills in this critical area. By the end of this course, you will have applied your mechatronics knowledge to bring your vision to life, from design to documentation, creating a piece to share with your network, your teams, or your community.

You are required to have completed the following courses or have equivalent experience before taking this course:

  • Building a Basic Circuit
  • Building Time-Varying Circuits
  • Programming a Circuit's Microcontroller
  • Building and Programming Circuits That Control Motors
  • Integrating Sensors Into a Circuit

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