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Texas Instruments Electronics Online Challenge

Texas Instruments (TI) is one of the largest semiconductor design and manufacturing companies in the world. That means we make amazing technology that is inside many of the most innovative electronic products you use every day. For example, you may not have realized it but TI technology is at the heart of the VEX IQ controller and many TI components are used inside the device. We want to challenge you to look at your world with the eyes of an engineer and explore the inner-workings of an electronic device of your choice. Once you choose a product, you will deconstruct the device, catalog what you find inside, and then submit a final report with your findings on what you discovered.

TI technology is also probably inside many of the electronic products you use every day. For example, TI components are inside the VEX IQ controller, BEATS headphones, GoPro Hero 4 camera, Tesla cars, and the Samsung Galaxy. We challenge you to find a device (we recommend choosing something you don’t mind breaking apart, for example an old phone), and carefully deconstruct the device so you can find out what electronic components are inside. Most semiconductor chips are labeled with the company name and component name. Then conduct online research to discover what the component does and what its role might be within the entire system of the electronic device. Some examples of devices you could select to deconstruct:

  • Phone
  • Tablet
  • Music player
  • Pedometer
  • Headphones
  • GPS navigator
  • Speakers
  • Garage opener
  • Camera
  • Computer mouse
  • Voice recorder
  • Watch

SAFETY TIPS: Before starting this challenge, make sure to have your chosen device approved by your team coach/leader/mentor/parent for safety purposes. Also note that some devices contain capacitors that hold a charge, and extreme caution should be used if the device has a capacitor. Any electrical device that contains a power source must be disconnected or removed before disassembly (unplug all cords and remove all batteries). You must wear safety glasses during the disassembly process.


TI Electronics Challenge - RCA Clock Radio


This is Team 8931A's entry for the Texas Instruments Online Challenge. This report reflects our findings while deconstructing and researching internal components and IC chips from an RCA Clock Radio - Model: RC105-A.

For a PDF version of our report, click here. For a Google Docs version of our report, click here.

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Star Date 70228.7 (Hi There)


We are a girls team at Holmes Humanities Magnet Middle School. This is our third year in the VEX robotics club. We have been to an overall of about eighteen competitions, including two all girls competitions. We are a team of three people, two eighth graders and one seventh grader. Our purpose for this year in VEX Robotics is to get to Worlds Competition and battle against some of the worlds greatest minds. We want to leave a legacy at our school to prove to newcomers that girls can build bots and they can be good at it.

-Team 1469B

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