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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.



Dell Printer Disassembly


Team Toss Up! #9447A from Palmetto Scholars Academy (South Carolina) presents their report for the "Dell Model 966 All-in-One Printer Disassembly"  for the Texas Instruments Electronic Online Challenge 2017!


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Computer Monitor Surgery


This is a detailed report the deconstruction of the Samsung Syncmaster 2235BW. It took many days but ultimately it was a success, the Peninsula Panthers of Team 3050A were able to understand every part in a computer monitor. This gave us knowledge that will be essential in tomorrow's technology based society.

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6430X - The Next Generation, Insulin Pump Teardown


Our team chose an insulin pump (Omnipod) to teardown because our teammate hasType-1Diabetes. All year we have been doing our IQ STEM project on this subject. We hypothesized that robotics can help people withType-1 Diabetes live normal lives. 

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