Rules & Safety

Rules

Using the equipment in the lab:

  • You can use the Arduino boards and other parts in the lab for testing your projects and for building prototypes. They must be returned back to the lab once you are done with them.
  • You are NOT allowed to solder any of the sensors and more expensive parts. Use breadboards for prototyping.
  • You can solder resistors, capacitors and other cheap components permanently to your projects, but only within reasonable limits. If you use a lot of components, you need to replace them with new ones.
  • A good workflow is to first test the parts you plan on using in the lab on a breadboard and then buying the necessary parts for yourself. That way you can build a permanent project that you don’t have to disassemble.
  • READ THE INSTRUCTIONS FOR EACH PART CAREFULLY AND MAKE SURE YOU USE THE CORRECT VOLTAGE.
  • If you break or lose something, you must replace it.

Lending policy

  • If you want to borrow some parts from the lab, talk with your teacher. All equipment is lent on a case-by-case basis and a due date will be set based on your needs.
  • Return the equipment on time!
  • You will be charged a fee for every day the equipment is overdue.

Safety

Working with electricity is safe as long as you treat it with respect and care. Follow these instructions and use common sense when working in the lab. If you are not comfortable with doing something, ask for assistance.

ELECTRICITY

SOLDERING

  • Always use the filter fans and solder close to them. This is to protect you from the fumes and also to prevent fire alarms.
  • Use lead free solder
  • Don’t let the fumes go into your nose or eyes
  • Wash hands afterward

CUTTING WIRE

  • Be careful when trimming wire as it can become a sharp little projectile when cut sharply
  • Don’t do it around others