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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.



8878H TI Challenge Entry


This is our entry for the TI challenge.

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dell latitude E6510: final report


This is our final report for the online challenge sponsored by texas instruments. We essentially deconstructed a used laptop and reasearched on the insides and took it all apart. This project is ussualy done in class but due to covid measures, it was done all online.

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Team 55885X Electronics Challenge


This is team 55885X's report on the RiTECH 4100 DvD player.

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858A Electronics online challenge 2020


Hi! We are team 858A. We have chosen a black 32GB memory iPhone 7 as part of our Texas Instruments online challenge to disassemble and understand the parts inside.

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Electronics Online Challenge: Deconstructing a...


For this challenge, team 30016V chose to deconstruct a Sony RM-ADP034 remote control. All photographs of the remote and its components were taken by Anali, and the paper is the result of our collaborative efforts. 

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Electronics Online Challenge- PS2 Dissection


     For this online challenge, our team 30016S, decided to go back in time to take a look at the contruction of an ancient popular gaming console. 

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Electronics Online Challenge


This is a PDF of my submission.

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Early 2008 Computer Motherboard Analysis by...


For this year's Texas Instruments Electronics Online Challenge, our team decided to take apart an early 2008 Dell XPS Desktop Computer. We decided to do this piece of technology specifically because our team is very interested in the makeup of computers and we wanted to learn more about how they work. We also were intrigued by the fact that since Texas Instruments is an old chipset supplying company, we might be able to find a Texas Instruments Chipset in this motherboard. Just as we suspected, we did!

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Team 95070B's Electronics Online Challenge


We are Team 95070B, and we took apart the PJ551D DLP Projector.

We decided on the PJ551D DLP Projector since we wanted to look inside a projector, and happened to have this one. Over the timespan of a few weeks, we chose our teardown object, tore it down, researched its parts, and wrote a report on our findings. 

It was difficult to work virtually, but we did this teardown to the best of our ability. One team member took apart the projector and took pictures, and another researched and compiled the information and pictures into this report. 


Vex 2020-2021 TI Online Challenge


Hi, My name is Jacob Smith. I am 17 years old and am from Hillsboro Ohio. I am currently a member of 45133B Bravo Squad at Hillsboro High School. For this challenge I was given the privilege to be bale to work closely with the inside pieces inside a computer in which I took apart and analyzed the inside components inside the computer and even took it a step deeper to look into how each of those individual pieces work and complete their tasks in the computer. Thank you for taking the time to consider reading this essay. It means the so much to me and many others that we are able to...


VEX Electronics Online Challenge Entry


We are the newest members of Team 5156A from York High School.  Meeting completely virtually over Zoom, we each deconstructed a broken V5 smart motor and collaborated on our findings through Google docs.


We are all freshmen and the newest members of Team 5156A (York High School). We met over Zoom and took apart a (broken) V5 motor to get a better understanding of how the motor worked. We're new to the team so didn't have much knowledge of how the robot(s) worked, but by exploring how this motor worked (by destructing it), we bettered our...


Online Electronics Challenege


In this challenge, we took apart the Zune media player, created by Microsoft in 2006. During this project, my team and I worked on disassembly and diagraming the internal components of the Zune. Even though our team couldn't meet in person, we learned a lot about electronics and how they work through this project.

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The Components of a PlayStation 3 Slim


We are the Pixibots. Our team number is 50008C. This being our second year participating in the VEX Robotics Competition, we were excited for the opportunity to take apart an electronic device. After months of research, we created a report about the components of the PlayStation 3 Slim. We hope that reading our research paper helps you understand how different components work together in the PS3.

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NOVA electronics research


As NOVA our group disassembled a Beats Solo 3. After the original disassembly we researched the components used in the headphone and then matched it to the headphone itself. Then we further researched the components and learned how these parts combined to create the mechanism of the headphone. Finally we wrote an essay summarizing the components and their functions with images of some of the sections.

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Decabots Electronics Challenge Entry


We are 63840H/ Decabots, a girl-powered team, from ─░stanbul, Turkey and this is our entry to the Electronics Online Challenge Sponsored By TI.


We chose an iPhone 4 for this project which was abandoned by one of our teammates. It was an amazing experience to deconstruct a revolutionary device in smartphone history. We have learned that however simple our devices may seem, on the inside they’re very complex.

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Nintendo DS Disassembly


I am Jimmy Soto, representing East Career Technical Academy in Las Vegas, Nevada. For this challenge, I disassembled the Nintendo DS. During the process, I learned how the different components interact with each other and how wireless communications work on this family of systems.

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Electronics Online Challenge 11124R T-Rex Push-Ups


We took apart a Dualshock 4 remote for this challenege.

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2929A Rockbots Kyocera Hydro LIFE


2929A Rockbots Kyocera Hydro LIFE

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Turn up the Volume


When cars were invented, their electronics were simple. Over
time, the introduction of various new features lead to the
creation of automotive head units, featuring a stereo and A/C
control. These stereos are a play quite the role in American
culture, whether it be someone showing off their car or a
mechanic playing music. These devices really improved the
driving experience for many.

Today, automotive stereos are everywhere, from cheap trucks
to high end vehicles, but how do they work? This is question
we aimed to answer...


Greene Middle School Electronics Online Challenge


In this project we started by opening up and deconstructing a personal computer and then we proceeded to identify each individual part and document them. We then each took one or two parts to research outside of our group meeting times. We had many meetings to find out how all the parts work together to make the personal computer work. We then wrote them all down in an essay format. We saw how companies might make a PC and how they have been improving it by seeing how each individual part works and how they can be improved. 

Team Members: Abhi Deshpande, Adrit Rao,...

MTSAC1 - iRobot Roomba 4220


This is a disassembly and analysis of the internals of an iRobot Roomba 4220.

See below for the report.

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Clamshell Computer (Apple iBook G3) Deconstruction


Ella Murray, representing Notre Dame Academy, deconstructed an Apple iBook G3, nicknamed the clamshell. It took roughly 3 hours, spread over 3 days. When completed, there had been 20 pieces separated from the computer. Chosen for its iconic nature, the clamshell was truly a fascinating computer and a great opportunity to take a deep dive into this technology. 


You can find a time-lapse of the process at this link:

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Deconstructing a Motorola Phone


In our competition we took apart a motorola phone to see the components it had inside.

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Digital Clock


We took apart a digital clock and explore its inter workings and components.

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New Experience


This is team 8995M and we are a freshmen team from Matea Valley High School. We would like to share our journey with you on exploring the internals of a laptop and we hope you learn just as much as we did.

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