Electronics: Design & Fabrication

Have you ever wondered how the circuits in your cell phone, laptop, TV or refrigerator are made? In this girls-only course, students will learn how to design, simulate, build, solder and test a variety of electronic circuits — from breadboards to printed circuit boards. You’ll design circuits that can control and read signals from sensors that detect light, temperature, acceleration and sound. Then you’ll work in teams to design a complete sensor system on a solderable breadboard that will become part of a model smart home. We’ll finish up by making a complete printed circuit board and working LED light display that you can take home with you. 

Who It’s For

This course is for girls entering sixth to eighth grades. 


Denise Wilson is a professor of electrical engineering at the University of Washington, where she’s been teaching electronics, electronics technology and electronic waste courses for more than 15 years. She’s also taught middle and high school students through science fairs, engineering open houses and other outreach programs. Denise has a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Stanford, an M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Georgia Tech and a M.Ed. from the University of Washington.

Julie Schmick teaches technology at the Louisa Boren STEM K-8 School in West Seattle. She has a passion for engaging learners of all ages using a variety of STEM-focused resources. Her tool kit includes more than 15 years of being an elementary principal and over a decade of hands-on, inquiry-based classroom teaching.

More Information

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Dates & Times

Jul 23–Jul 27, 2018

UW Seattle
9 a.m.–4 p.m.