Syllabus (2024)

This is a 14-week, 4-point course at ITP during the Spring '24 semester.

Also here are archives from previous semesters

Instructor: Andy Sigler


Class Time: 9:30am - 12:00pm


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.

Spring 2024 Students

Class 1

January 26

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

February 2

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 15 [rescheduled]

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 (START CRYING):
    • S -- Kay
    • T -- Andrew
    • A -- Matthew
    • R -- Astro
    • T -- Zongze
    • C -- Jiayi
    • R -- Long
    • Y -- Kat
    • I -- Octavio
    • N -- Lucia
    • G -- Hank
  • Example schematic images can be found at the bottom of the Marquee project page.
  • 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 23 [rescheduled]

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:

Homework for next class

  • Mill your letter PCB.
  • Bring your unassembled PCB to class (no need to solder yet).
  • [Optional] You can assemble the board if you want, but soldering any parts to your PCB is not required before this class. If you do assemble the board, try programming an animation when you touch the cap sensor and take a video.

Class 5

March 1 [rescheduled]

Solder the Marquee Sign

  • Using the manual pick-and-place machine to place components.
  • Testing, programming, and debugging an assembled board.

Lecture: Rules of Electricity

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.

Class 6


Review/Debug: Marquee PCBs

Individually review each student's Marquee PCB. All working PCBs will be given to me, so that I can assemble the sign outside of class.

Lecture: Rules of Electricity

Homework for next class

  • Build a presentation (3 minutes) about your final project idea.
  • 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.

Spring Recess (no class)

March 22

Class 7


Presentation: Prototype Builds (3 minutes)

Lecture: Recommended Parts

See all recommended parts on the guide page.

Homework for next class

  • Begin designing your Alpha PCB.

Class 8


Lecture: Eagle SCH, BRD, and LBR

Lecture: Common Subcircuits

Lecture: Rules of Electricity

Homework for next class

  • Continue working on your Alpha build.

Class 9


Lecture: Bantam 2

Lecture: Solder Stencil

Homework for next class

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

Class 10

April 5

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 12

Lecture: Designing Real-World PCBs

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 19

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

April 26

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 3

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.