The Gadget Lab is a 100-level class that introduces freshman Speed School students to circuits and soldering. The students learn the basic components (resistors, capacitors, LEDs) and solder a flashing LED circuit as their first project. Then they build 3 more solar- or battery-powered projects. Some of these projects are a solar robot, a persistence-of-vision device, a "TV-B-Gone" remote control, an electroluminescent panel and a "muscle wire" actuator. Other activities involve building circuits for ongoing research projects in the Speed School, meeting senior students in IEEE and other Speed organizations during class, and visiting robotics labs.
Freshman electrical and computer engineering students get early hands-on experience in the Speed School "gadget lab."