Welcome to our SWC Electronics Website!

The projects and written materials are intended for the student,
teacher, and amateur constructor.

Welcome Suraj!

Suraj Emmattiparambil has generously volunteered as webmaster.
He is learning to program in C and C++ using Arduino. Suraj has
finished several Arduino servo coding labs. This endeavour is a first
step to programming his Insectronic, a six-legged robot that he
constructed in Electronics 11 during first term. Suraj is also learning
Python independently.

Student Volunteers Needed
  1. Website programming, uploading files, converting to pdf
  2. Photography


Ploy Piyawassopon Lands SHAD

In early February, Ploy Piyassopon received an invitation to participate in SHAD 2018. Ploy is completing grade eleven in the International Baccalaureate program at Sir Winston Churchill Secondary.
In Electronics 11, she is converting a student built robotic arm to work with Arduino. Currently, Ploy is adapting the grippers so that they will detect tactile force with a resistive sensor. SHAD promotes STEAM, (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) in a commercially oriented month-long program at a Canadian university.
Ploy takes a special interest in the relationship between sustaining the natural environment and controlling human-induced climate change.




Matthew Nguyen and Cliff Ng Visit, February 15, 2018

During the midterm break Matthew Nguyen and Cliff Ng (Grads 2015)
took time away from their demanding studies to speak to grade nine
and ten students in electronics. Mr. Nguyen is studying bioinformatics
at Simon Fraser University and is currently working as a researcher in a
Computational Epidemiology and Biology lab. He is especially interested
in the applications of machine learning to health and medicine. Mr. Ng is
pursuing a chemistry degree at the University of British Columbia. He is
interested in bioinorganic chemistry and its applications to medicine.
They provided an engaging survey of their academic experiences.
Churchill students asked probing questions. There was a
stimulating discussion about immunization, data mining and
machine learning. For those interested in both computer science
and chemistry, computational chemistry is a possible field of study.

Ethan Xu Visits December 20, 2017

Ethan Xu is enjoying his third year studies in computer science at
Carnegie Mellon University. He is especially interested in machine
learning. Ethan is familiar with these coding languages: Mat Lab,
R (Project for Statistical Computing), Python and ROS (Robot
Operating System). They are used extensively in robot control.
An insightful article, What can machine learning do? Workforce
Implications: Profound change is coming, but roles for humans
was co-authored by Tom Mitchell (Science,
22 December 2017, 1530-1534). Professor Mitchell teaches in
the department of computer science at Carnegie Mellon.

Machine Learning and Its Social and Political Implications

Track how technology is transforming work.
Tom Mitchell & Erik Brynjolfsson. Nature. 20 April 2017, 290—292.



Churchill Volunteers Help Elementary School Students
With Lego Robotics Club, February 2018

Each Thursday after school, fifteen Churchill volunteers travel to
David Lloyd George Elementary to assist students with their robotics
club. Our grade nine to eleven volunteers use three Lego EV3
Mindstorms robot kits. They teach the pupils how to program,
and how to design and build robots. By all accounts this initiative
has met with success for both younger and older students.

The David Lloyd George robotics club is an important opportunity
for Churchill students to develop leadership skills. It leads to
growing self-confidence and a greater awareness of the importance
of community involvement. It may also lead to greater academic
success for our youth. This initiative implements the STEAM
curriculum (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics).

Volunteers include Ivan Baklanov, Valerie Chan, Edward Chen, Sandy Chu,
Hans Fajarillo, Afrinse Garcia, Declan Gunning, Michael Li, J. P. Patagan,
Teresa Ku, Jack Rao, Katie Sun, Ryan Taban, Karl Tsang, Timothy Vasilyev
Andrew Wang, and Sam Zhou.

Sukhwinder Hayer Talks To Students About His BC Hydro Apprenticeship

In November 2017, Mr. Sukhwinder Hayer spoke to electronics students about his electrical trades apprenticeship with B.C. Hydro. He has already completed three years of a five-year program. Mr. Hayer is a strong advocate for apprenticeships. There are many benefits. He earns while he learns. Each year, he attends an eight-month course at the British Columbia Institute of Technology. There are travel opportunities. Currently, Mr. Hayer works at Terrace and Prince Rupert. He completed five courses in electronics while at Sir Winston Churchill Secondary, including the Career Preparation Program in Electronics.

Victoria Lam and Celinna Lu, March 2017

During March 2017, two former electronics students visited. Victoria Lam spoke to grade ten students. She completed a degree in kinesthiology at the University of British Columbia, and assists people who are recovering from physical trauma. Victoria plans to begin a master’s program in occupational therapy at UBC this September. She took four courses in electronics at Churchill Secondary, including the career preparation program in electronics. A work experience with Grin Technologies led to part time employment assembling electronic components.

Celinna Lu visited during the spring break. In 2014, while a grade eleven IB student, Celinna constructed the Insectronic robot. She designed, masked, and etched a high quality double-sided printed circuit board for her robot. The pcb supports an Atmega328 microcontroller for the Arduino.
Celinna is applying to UBC's Mechatronics program. She is collaborating with another undergraduate in the design and construction of a 3-D printer. The printer uses stepper motors from old floppy disk and CD-ROM drives.
Celinna encourages more girls to take high school electronics.

Diana Abundu Designs and Manufactures Robotic Hand with 3D Printer

Diana is a grade twelve student. During the past summer she used an open source 3D modeling application to design a robotic hand. Every phalange was rendered as a three-dimensional image. Each piece is hollow to allow for the internal tendons that are moved by servos. The individual pieces were manufactured with a 3D printer. She will soon begin programming servos to control the fingers and thumb. An Arduino Uno supplies the programming power.
Diana began the project in her grade eleven electronics class. She created a fully articulated index finger. In November, she served a one-week placement with a nonprofit company that makes and services assistive devices for the severely physically disabled. She made a sip-and-puff switch. Diana also designed a cellphone holder, and manufactured it with a three-dimensional printer.

View Diana's amazing robotic hand in our projects section.

Python Workshops

Every Thursday at lunch in room 115 - Details in September.

Anthony Chang (Grad 2015) Speaks To Grade Ten Electronics Students

Mr. Anthony Chang visited Churchill electronics on Thursday, February 11.
He is completing a first year introductory engineering program at
the Okanagan campus of the University of British Columbia. Mr. Chang
plans to continue his studies in electrical engineering at the Vancouver
campus. He stressed the importance of the three electronics courses
which he took at Churchill. His friend, Ms. Celene Cao (Grad 2015) is
taking first year psychology at the main UBC campus. They shared their
experiences. With fifty thousand students enrolled, and classes of several
hundred, both agreed that the smaller Okanagan campus, or nearby
Langara College were more supportive learning environments. The grade
nine and ten students asked our guests many insightful questions.
We hope that Mr. Chang and Ms. Cao will return with an update.

Mike Yang Visits From the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign

On Tuesday, January 2nd, 2016, Mr. Mike Yang spoke to two senior
electronics classes. He shared his experiences as a second year
electrical engineering student. Mr. Yang is working closely with
computer science, structural engineering, and electrical engineering
students to design and build a mining robot. The robot will be entered
in a NASA competition at the Kennedy Space Centre this May.
Mr. Yang found the skills and knowledge that he gained in the Churchill
electronics program very useful in his studies, and his participation
in the Mars mining robot venture. We wish the team every success.

Digging the Dirt - Unique Robots Compete in Mining Competition
IRIS Takes Systems Engineering Approach in Lunabotics Competition

Electronics and Robotics
Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School
Vancouver, B.C.  Canada

February 24, 2018

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