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IoT—Build a Smart Tech Racing Gondola

NxtGen IoT - Build a Smart Tech Racing GondolaWorkshop Overview:

Students will construct a gondola (like a small ski lift) with Circuit Playground Express and a continuous servo motor. The students will code their Circuit Playground Express so the gondola can carry small items between points. Students will create sensors that use light, sound, or infrared signal to start and stop the gondola.

Students will keep the Circuit Playground Express kit that is included in the price of the course.    

Who Should Attend:

This NxtGen Tech course is open to any high school sophomore, junior or senior (and those technically advanced incoming freshmen with Illinois Tech staff approval). No special prerequisite knowledge is required, however, it is recommended that students have some technical knowledge. Students practice hands-on basic techniques and continue into advanced techniques, while building small project-based websites and web applications.


Jeremy Hajek an industry associate professor and a graduate and undergraduate adviser of the Information Technology and Management program at Illinois Tech. He is also the director of the Smart Tech: Embedded Systems Lab at Illinois Tech.

More about Jeremy Hajek

Course Dates, Time, and Location:

Dates: Monday August 3, 2020

Time: 9:30 a.m.–4 p.m.

Location:  Mies Campus, Chicago




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