Electronics Online Challenge Sponsored by Texas Instruments
Back by popular demand! 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.
Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Smart phone, tablet or mobile device
- Camera, voice recorder, video camera, tv remote
- Headphones, speakers, music player
- Watch, Pedometer, GPS navigator, Garage door opener
- Computer components like mouse, monitor, keyboard
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. 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.
AMC Robotics was founded in August 2020. We are a dedicated group of students passionate about STEM and excited to build great things this year.
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We are Emma, Deonna, and Mia and we are on team 74177Z, a team of six girls from Pinecrest Sloan Canyon. This is our second year competing. For this project, we have deconstructed a Panasonic DLP projector. We were determined to find a device with TI components inside, and we were lucky enough to receive a giant ten-year-old projector that used to be installed at a casino in Las Vegas as a donation. It was a challenge to work together on this project while apart, but we had many Zoom meetings and shared documents so we could still work together and discuss. This was a huge task, but...
We are a team from Pinecrest Academy Sloan Canyon located in Henderson, Nevada. This is our second year competing in the Vex IQ competition. For this project we deconstructed and studied an Apple AirPort Extreme Model A1143. During the process we learned how the device funsctions and how it send signals to other devices.
I chose a Motorola flip phone. I found it sitting around our house and I had never
seen a phone like this before. I thought it would be cool to take it apart. The phone is a MPx 220. It was made in 2005 and was considered a "smartphone." This was before Apple invented the iPhone and what we think of as a smartphone today.
We disassembled a Samsung POWERbot electronic vacuum for the Texas Instruments Electronics Challenge. We chose to disassemble the vacuum because we would learn about more modern technology. Learning about modern technology would be more useful in the real world because everything nowadays is more digital and less mechanical. We would also have a better chance of applying what we learned to build our own robots that do tasks.
We are team 1104A of the Brampton Robotics Organization, part of the Discobots alliance.
This is our entry to the Electronic Online Challenge Sponsored by Texas Instruments.
For our entry, we decided to open up the Samsung Galaxy S III (model SGH-i747M) to explore the technology found within old mobile platforms. Surprised by the level of sophistication from technology 8 years ago, we decided to make a write-up on our findings.
The report was set in LaTeX (we used Overleaf to...
The Nintendo Wii. One of the most infamous early age videogame consoles following the Nintendo GameCube, Xbox 360, and the PlayStation3. Nearly everyone in the 2000’s had one and anyone who didn’t wanted one. Of course, having the opportunity to use this console for our project, we took it and proceeded to disassemble the Wii.
The first thing we see is the optical drive and its board. The optical drives board has 16 megabits of SDRAM and computes and sends information to the Wiis motherboard. The motherboard is just passed the metal casing right under...
STEM Electronics Summary
G-Shock, a watch brand owned by Casio that calls itself “The Unbreakable Watch”. Why does it call itself that? To answer that, that is why we did this STEM challenge. In this challenge, we are dismantling a Baby G-Shock 2017 Model watch to figure out the components that cause it to stay unbreakable and to work.
We found many pieces inside the watch. Those pieces include four screws that we took out to go into the watch. Inside it, we found three layers of protective cases that are found at the beginning of the...
Our students worked very hard on this, because we struggled to find conclusive research. Also, there was pressure to do this a fast as possible because we had now idea when or if we were going to get quarintined. In Conclusion, our students worked very hard and poured their heart and soul into this project. Thanks for considering us, 214A, for this challenge.
I'm Kennedy Middleton, a 6th grader, from team 74177R.
I chose a Motorola flip phone to tear down. I found it sitting around our house and I had never seen a phone like this before. I thought it would be cool to take it apart.
* this is a duplicate entry to replace Entry ID 8202, because we were locked out of our account accidentally.
I selected a Jelly Comb wireless 2.3 GHz mouse to deconstruct because many of us use a mouse every day to navigate the internet, join zoom meetings, and submit assignments, but we hardly think anything of it. The mouse allows us to insert ourselves into the computer and control what it does by just moving our wrists and clicking a few buttons. A wireless mouse, specifically, allows us to do all of this via the mouse and receiver in the computer communicating over a specific radio frequency. And the mouse does all of this by taking thousands of photos a second, analyzing those photos, and...
These days, integrated circuits (ICs) are often dismissed as nothing more than a magic black box. However, the inner workings of these "chips" are a fascinating and under-appreciated part of electronics. Therefore, our team, from Auckland, New Zealand, chose to disassemble (‘decap’) a Texas Instruments SN7404 hex NOT gate to better understand how it worked.
To remove the plastic casing and reveal the silicon die inside, we used sulfuric acid heated to 90˚C (194˚ F). This slowly dissolved it, leaving the die which was inspected under a microscope. We learned...
Sean Covarrubias is a very talented student engineer. He throughly enjoyed deconstructing the Fender amplifier. He learned about many components and their function within the final product. Although he was not able to locate any parts manufactured by Texas Instruments in the amplifier, he has since deconstructed additional products and found TI components. He continues to learn and strive for his goal to become a mechanical engineer for the biomedical industry.
Our team, team 9007A, decided to open a TI-30XIIS calculator. We chose to open a calculator because it is simple to assemble and disassemble. It is also very cheap, unlike a phone, which is expensive. It has less parts which makes it easy to keep track of all the assembled and disassembled parts. It is also easy to know the external and internal components. Finally, the calculator is a very safe device to handle.
We are a team of 3 member middle schoolers from Cumming GA, For this project, we decided to break down a 2007 model Toshiba satellite computer. It has various and very different components such as a motherboard, keyboard circuit, processor, and battery. Each of these components is different and has a multitude of purposes. It was easy to take apart but hard to put back together.
Team 8838E - Energy: An Orchard Hills Robohawks Middle School VEX EDR team. This project consists of the deconstruction of a Texas Instruments calculator: the TI-36X Solar.
This year for the 2020-2021 Texas Instruments online challenge, Katie Hannah from team 8838A Discovery decided to deconstruct a Netgear WiFi range extender. The entry covers the components of the extender and how everything works together.
8838A Discovery - Orchard Hills Middle School - Robohawks
Our Team PUPR Vex Robotics is composed by a diverse group of students from the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico. We have students from different branches of engineering such as mechanical, computer, electrical and chemical engineering. We are excited to introduce you to the 2020-2021 Electronics Online Challenge.
We are students from Ridley college, Crest wood and PCA. Two of us (Zachery and Jason) are in grade 10, and two (Bobo and Alex) are in grade 9. This is our first year participating in the VEX EDR challenge. We are team 16610C. Our Online Challenge is Texas instrument and we chose to disassemble a VEX EDR controller. From this, we learned about CPU, RAM, and how the controller sends signals.