Pomona College Electronics Projects

This is a guide to the Instructables submitted for Electronics (Physics 128) at Pomona College in Claremont, California.  Students were given very little guidance on this project besides make something that uses electronics.  These projects were built over the last three weeks of a semester-long introductory electronics course.  This experience has taught me once again that the best thing I can do as a teacher is get out of the students' way. 
Arduino Laser Show (adapted from NothingLabs' Instructable) style
This project uses an Arduino, a pair of speakers, and a laser pointer to create a laser projector able to trace out designs in a dark room. To power it, I've cannibalized a PC ATX power supply capable...
Garduino-Automated Gardening System style
This instructable is a guide for setting up an automated gardening system using an arduino and other cheap electronic parts.  It allows sustainable gardening by using sensors to determine soil moistur...
Pressure Activated Light-Up Umbrella style
***********************VIDEO: ****************************** Once upon a time, 2 girls greatly enjoyed walking in the rain with umbrellas.  They decided the enjoyment of this experience could be maxi...
Model Police Car style
We wanted to build a model police car with working lights and sirens. Then we decided to add a motor and instead of using a switch to turn everything and off we used a photodiode. For our car the phot...
Heat-Seeking Desk Fan (using Arduino) style
Summary: The following is a step by step guide on how to make a Heat-Seeking Desk Fan from an Arduino microcontroller, a computer fan, a servo, and an infrared temperature sensor. The device scans the...
Arduino Air Drums style
This instructable will tell you how to make your own set of air drums using little more than an Arduino microcontroller and a few accelerometers.  Here's a video of the drums I based this design off o...
Arduino Skateboard Speedometer style
Using an Arduino, it is easy to make a speedometer/tachometer for virtually any man-powered vehicle. I made one for my skateboard that used a small magnet to count revolutions and utilized an LCD di...
Distortion of DOOM! (for the bass) style
Summary This is an intense, synth-like distortion effect designed for the bass guitar. The project is not intended to be a complete guide to constructing a stand-alone pedal; rather, it is a guide to ...
Arduino Thermostat with TC74 sensor style
Hello all! This is a quick guide on how to use an Arduino© to control whether a cooling fan and a heater is turned on depending on the detected temperature from a TC74 Arduino sensor. This is for a ...
Arduino vu meter with amplifier style
Your four main parts for this project are an Arduino, a LoLshield, and an amplifier The LoLshield is a circuit board that comes with a library that enables one to individually control a matrix of LED...
Arduino Color Sensor style
Here we will be learning how to make a color sensor. my model consists of three cardboard compartments containing an LED - one red, one blue, and one green - and an OP550B phototransistor. The LED's s...
PIR Alarm Arduino Motion Sensor (with Encasing) style
This is a guide on how to make a motion detector with an arduino! Enjoy!
Arduino Light & Knock Detecting Door Lock style
This is a great gadget for a secret clubhouse and for people like me who always seem to loose their keys! This project is based on the original Secret Knock Lock instructable by Grathio (available bel...
3-dimensional Star Cluster: Acrylic + LED light sculpture style
This instructable will guide you through the process of making your very own star-cluster from LEDs and acrylic. I made this piece for my electronics final project at college and had access to a mach...