Syllabus (2022)

This is a 14-week, 4-point course at ITP during the Spring '22 semester.

Also here are archives from previous semesters

Instructor: Andy Sigler


Class Time: 9:00am - 11:30am

Office Hours: 20 minutes Sign up here


ITP is pass/fail, but you do still get graded. To pass, students must document and show work and progress through out the semester, and cannot miss more than 2 classes without prior notice.

  • Assignments: 40%
  • Marquee Project: 20%
  • Final Project: 40%

See Tisch's mandatory statements at the bottom of this page.

Class 1

January 24

Lecture: Class Introduction

Link to presentation

Workshop: SMD Lipo Charger

A full guide on assembling SMD components can be found in the SMD Soldering guide.

Homework for next class

  • Read the following guides from the homepage:
  • Come to next class with the following items in hand (these are listed in the "required" Tools/Materials):
    • Arduino (either Nano 33 IoT or Uno
    • Soldering iron
    • Breadboard
    • Jumper wires
    • Multimeter
    • Wire cutter and/or wire strippers

Class 2

January 31

Workshop: Programming ATtiny85

Details are in the ATtiny85 Guide.

For this workshop, each studen will need to be given:

  • ATtiny85 (DIP)
  • 10uF capacitor
  • 0.1uF capacitor
  • LED (any color)
  • 470 Ohm resistor
  • 10k Ohm resistor
  • 1M Ohm resistor
  • Perf-board
  • 8-pin socket
  • Male header-pins
  • Solid-gauge wire

Workshop: Soldering a Programming Jig

Homework for next class

  • Finish making your ATtiny85 programming jig.
  • Breadboard a capacitive sensor controlling multiple LEDs.
  • Post documentation of your ATtiny85 project to your class blog. Email me a link to your class blog no later than Sunday before class.
  • Nominate a phrase for the Marquee Sign
  • Follow the Eagle Setup guide to get a student license, download, and install. Please do this before class.

Class 3

February 7

Lecture: Eagle Schematics

Following along with the Eagle Schematic Design - 1 guide.

Lecture: Eagle Board Design

Following along with the Eagle Board Design - 1 guide. This includes the ability to import a design from Illustrator, so that you can design your board's layout in a software better suited for drawing and fonts.

Homework for next class

  • Finish the Eagle design of your Marquee letter (>ERROR COMPILING):
    • Aidan -- >
    • Bomani -- E
    • Yony -- R
    • Elias -- R
    • Wasif -- O
    • Viola -- R
    • Yuwen -- C
    • Shirley -- O
    • Josephine -- M
    • Lifei -- P
    • Brandon -- I
    • David -- L
    • Angelo -- I
    • Jezzy -- N
    • Michael -- G
  • Export a PDF of your design, and post to your blog.
  • Order all materials required for milling, from the Things/Materials page. These include:
    • Endmill and engraving bits (I recommend getting x2 of each type)
    • Double-sided tape (the "permanent" type)
    • Copper boards (ITP does stock these but I STRONGLY recommend getting some of your own and/or splitting with someone

Class 4

February 14

Lecture: Bantam 1

Follow along with the Bantam guide:

Lecture: Demo the Marquee Letter

The scour pads and solder paste can be found on the floor:

  • Scour pads: in the red drawers underneath the soldering iron and heat gun
  • Solder paste: inside the refrigerator, in the drawer with the flux pens

Homework for next class

  • Build and finish your Marquee letter.
  • Bring your working and finished PCB to class, where I will test and assemble the sign.

President's Day (no class)

February 21

Class 5

February 28

Assemble the Marquee Sign

If you did not give me your PCB during class, please sign up for office hours this Wednesday and bring me your PCB then.

Lecture: Rules of Electricity

Homework for next class

  • None

Class 6

March 7

Lecture: Eagle SCH, BRD, and LBR

Lecture: Rules of Electricity

Homework for next class

  • Build a presentation (3 minutes) about your final project idea.
  • Order the essential parts that you will need to prototype.

Spring Recess (no class)

March 14

Class 7

March 21

Presentation: Idea for Final (3 minutes)

Lecture: Recommended Parts

See all recommended parts on the guide page.

Homework for next class

  • Order everything you will need to prototype your idea.
  • Build a functional prototype of your idea. Post a video of it working, as well as any relevant images, to your blog.

Class 8

March 28

Presentation: Prototype Builds (3 minutes)

Lecture: Common Subcircuits

Lecture: Rules of Electricity

Homework for next class

  • Finish designing your Alpha Build. Post Eagle files and BOM to your blog.

Class 9

April 4

Lecture: Bantam 2

Lecture: Solder Stencil

Homework for next class

  • Finish your Alpha Build.
  • Prepare presentation for class.

Class 10

April 11

Presentations: Alpha Builds (8 minutes)

Homework for next class

  • Finish Eagle design for your Beta Builds. Post designs and BOMs to your blog.

Class 11

April 18

Lecture: Eagle Part Design

Lecture: Designing Real-World PCBs

Link to presentation

Homework for next class

  • Finish your Beta Build. Post video & pictures to your blog. Be prepared to speak for 8 minutes to the class, using the images posted to your blog.

Class 12

April 25

Presentations: Beta Builds (8 minutes)

Homework for next class

  • Final changes to design & BOM (if making it at ITP)
  • If ordering boards, place your orders right away!

Class 13

May 2

In-Class Work Session

Homework for next class

  • Finish your final project.
  • Post documentation of your final project to your blog, which must include:

Class 14

May 9

Final Presentations

Tisch School of the Arts - Mandatory Statements


Plagiarism is presenting someone else's work as though it were your own. More specifically, plagiarism is to present as your own: A sequence of words quoted without quotation marks from another writer or a paraphrased passage from another writer's work or facts, ideas or images composed by someone else.


The core of the educational experience at the Tisch School of the Arts is the creation of original academic and artistic work by students for the critical review of faculty members. It is therefore of the utmost importance that students at all times provide their instructors with an accurate sense of their current abilities and knowledge in order to receive appropriate constructive criticism and advice. Any attempt to evade that essential, transparent transaction between instructor and student through plagiarism or cheating is educationally self-defeating and a grave violation of Tisch School of the Arts community standards. For all the details on plagiarism, please refer to page 10 of the Tisch School of the Arts, Policies and Procedures Handbook, which can be found online at:


Please feel free to make suggestions to your instructor about ways in which this class could become more accessible to you. Academic accommodations are available for students with documented disabilities. Please contact the Moses Center for Students with Disabilities at 212 998-4980 for further information.


Your health and safety are a priority at NYU. If you experience any health or mental health issues during this course, we encourage you to utilize the support services of the 24/7 NYU Wellness Exchange 212-443-9999. Also, all students who may require an academic accommodation due to a qualified disability, physical or mental, please register with the Moses Center 212-998-4980. Please let your instructor know if you need help connecting to these resources.


Laptops will be an essential part of the course and may be used in class during workshops and for taking notes in lecture. Laptops must be closed during class discussions and student presentations. Phone use in class is strictly prohibited unless directly related to a presentation of your own work or if you are asked to do so as part of the curriculum.


Tisch School of the Arts to dedicated to providing its students with a learning environment that is rigorous, respectful, supportive and nurturing so that they can engage in the free exchange of ideas and commit themselves fully to the study of their discipline. To that end Tisch is committed to enforcing University policies prohibiting all forms of sexual misconduct as well as discrimination on the basis of sex and gender. Detailed information regarding these policies and the resources that are available to students through the Title IX office can be found by using the following link: Title IX at NYU.