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.

Spring 2022 Students

Class 1

January 24

Workshop: SMD Lipo Charger

Lecture: Class Introduction

Link to presentation

Homework for next class

  • Read the following guides from the homepage:
    • Arduino Uno: Components
    • Arduino Uno: Programming
    • Programming an ATtiny85
  • Come to next class with the following items in hand (these are listed in the "required" Tools/Materials):
    • Soldering iron
    • Breadboard
    • Jumper wires
    • Multimeter
    • Wire cutter and/or wire strippers

Class 2

January 31

Workshop: Programming ATtiny85

Workshop: Soldering a Programming Jig

Homework for next class

  • Breadboard a capacitive sensor controlling multiple LEDs.
  • Post a video to your blog, as well as a schematic of the circuit.

Class 3

February 7

Lecture: Eagle Schematics

Lecture: Eagle Board Design

Homework for next class

  • Finish the Eagle design of your Marquee letter.
  • Export a PDF of your design, and post to your blog.

Class 4

February 14

Lecture: Bantam 1

Lecture: Demo the Marquee Letter

Homework for next class

  • Build and finish your Marquee letter.

President's Day (no class)

February 21

Class 5

February 28

Assemble the Marquee Sign

Lecture: Rules of Electricity

Homework for next class

  • None

Class 6

March 7

Workshop: Soldermask

Lecture: Eagle SCH, BRD, and LBR

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: Acid Etching Flex-PCBs

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: Proto Builds (3 minutes)

Lecture: Recommended Parts

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: Common Subcircuits

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: Solder Stencils

Lecture: Designing Real-World PCBs

Homework for next class

  • Finish your Beta Build. Post video & pictures to your blog. Be prepared to speak for 3 minutes to the class, using the images posted to your blog.

Class 12

April 25

Presentations: Beta Builds (3 minutes)

In-Class Work Session

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

Lecture: TBD

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.