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Lesson 3 – Continued Computer Science and Electrical Engineering

On Saturday October 24th, Access Engineering held their third lesson of the semester. The sections this week spanned biological engineering, mechanical engineering, computer science and electrical engineering.

Students in the mechanical engineering section continued working with SolidWorks and designing catapults for next week’s competition. Students made the bases for the catapults out of Lego pieces and had the arms of the machine 3-D printed in Penn’s labs.

EES students worked with Arduino again and learned about how to make networks. Biological engineering got a preliminary overview of the subject in anticipation of the upcoming project. Finally, the computer science sections continue to learn about basic Java and arrays.

Lesson 2 – Introduction to Mechanical Engineering

On Saturday October 17th, Access Engineering held their second lesson of the semester. The lessons this week largely focused on mechanical engineering. Students began to learn how to use the SolidWorks CAD system in preparation for designing and fabricating catapults they will test two weeks after this lesson.

The electrical engineering section worked with Arduinos again this week to make an ultrasonic sensor circuit. Due to the complexity of the circuit, this is the second week they have worked on this product. Students were encouraged to make their own modifications to the base project presented in the class, and many students had time to play with the established circuit.

Lesson 1 – Introduction to Computer Science

On Saturday October 3rd, Access Engineering held their first lesson of the semester. The lessons this week largely focused on computer science, with the majority of sections distributed throughout Penn’s computer labs. Students learned about logical operators, simple if statements, and logical constructions.

The advanced section began work with Arduino boards again. After a review of basic programming and style, they began working on a Bluetooth connection dongle. The advanced section will continue to work on the same section two weeks from now, as there is no section next week due to fall break.

Students enjoyed a short pizza lunch break at noon. Access Engineering is also proud to announce that we are able to subsidize SEPTA tokens this semester.

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