Digital Electronics for the Inventor 

This hands-on course challenges students to assess, design, build, test, and demonstrate a digital electronics project from scratch.  Topics covered include digital logic design, circuit theory, programmable devices, and basic microelectronics.  Students will engage in guided exercises and small-scale projects to put theory into practice. Student work culminates with an original design they create in small teams.  Through the team projects, students will develop skills in project management, prototyping, protocol and functional testing, quality assurance, and device deployment.  

Students will learn: 

  • Engineering design process
  • Digital logic design
  • Microelectronics, including programmable devices
  • Engineering ethics 

Instructors: Lisa Shay and Cooper Union student teaching assistants    

Participants: Students in 10th or 11th grade during the 2022-2023 school year. 

Session information: This Three-week program offers one session only.  Session starts Monday, July 10, 2023.  Classes meet Monday - Thursday, 9 am to 3 pm.

Prerequisite: Experience programming in an object-oriented language such as C, C++, Java, or Python. 

Teaching method: In person. The instructor and teaching assistants will lead students through daily scheduled lectures, discussions, and practice sessions at 41 Cooper Square. Off campus field trips and site visits will also be scheduled. 

Materials: All materials are included.  Students may opt to bring a personal computer. 

Cost: $1950

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Course Code: STEM23-13

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.