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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


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. 

Accel Middle college is a highschool on a community college campus, and is the result of a collaboration between Evergreen Valley Highschool and Evergreen Valley College

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We are a beginner team from Tec de Monterrey

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shelby richardson apple phone


I am taking the iphone 4 apart and diagraming.

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TI Electronics Essay


This is an essay written by our VEX Robotics Team.  They dismantled a laptop and researched the components.  This was a challenge for the students because all of the work was done virtually, never meeting in person, but they did a great job.

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8086Y- TI online


We are team 8086Y from Glen Allen, VA

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Disassembling a 3D Printer


We are 2211A, a middle school team from Puerto Rico. For this challenge we took apart a Monoprice Select Mini V2 3D Printer.  We are excited to share our findings and show the details inside a 3d printer. 

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Panasonic DLP Projector


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...


Samsung Galaxy Tab A Deconstruction


My name is Tyler. I have deconstructed the Samsung Galaxy Tab A for this project.

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Apple AirPort Extreme Deconstruction


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. 

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Motorola Mpx220 Deconstruction


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.

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Rayhaan Saaim SHEAR


Entering the TI Electronics Online Challenge. Part of Sweet Home High School SHEAR. The device taken apart is LED Digital Clock.

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Eletronics Online Challenge


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.

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PH-1 Cellphone Robo Royals


I had a great time working on taking apart of this cellphone. 

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Deconstruction of a Calculator


We worked as a team to deconstruct this calculator. It was a challenge to do so because of social distancing. We never met face to face only via zoom. We both learned a lot. 

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1104A - TI Challenge Entry


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...


33691B - Vex Cortex Electronics Entry


We are Team Navy Knights and we have decided to take apart the Vex Cortex.

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Texas Instrument Nintendo Wii


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...


Flashes Electronics Online Challenge


Two middle school students created a mechanical dissection of a Vex IQ controller.

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55885S Sketch - Electronics challenge - Dell...


For our electronics challenge entry we took apart an old Dell Optiplex 780 PC and identified the parts inside. We put a lot of work into our entry and learned a lot so I hope you read it and vote!

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TI Electronics Online Challenge 99040C


We are excited to be participating in this challenge.  For our submission, our team dissected and studied an iPhone series 6S.  This entry showcases our study of the iPhone, complete with labeled pictures and parts.

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214A Electronics Challenge: Brain Breakdown


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.


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Motorola MPx220 Teardown


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.

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4154Z Jelly Comb wireless 2.3 GHz mouse...


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...


Beckman RoboPatties W Texas Instruments Final...


Click on the pdf file for the report. Images and report are include in the pdf.

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2908E MAGS Roarbotix: Exploring Integrated...


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...


Fender Amplifier Deconstructed


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.

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Texas Instrument Challenge


Our teams take on disassembly of an old remote control vehicle.

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9181C - Texas Instrument Electronics Online...


Disassembly of a VEX V5 Smart Motor.  

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Electronics Online Challenges by 9007 A Genius...



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.

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Genius Bots 9007 K Electronics Online challenge


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.

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Satellite Receiver - Electronics Online Challenge


Elementary team 39402A takes apart a satellite receiver and studies all components. 

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8838E - Texas Instruments TI-36X Solar Calculator...

Robohawks- Coach Lund

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.

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8838A - Wireless Router Deconstruction

Robohawks- Coach Lund

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

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Vex PUPR Electronics Online Challenge


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.

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16610C OLC2020-2021


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. 

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