Intensive One-Month-Long Engineering Seminars

(Spring 2001 * 3 units each * 6 hours a week)

( Programmable Microcontrollers * Using Motors * Sensors)
offered by the Robotics and Electronics Cooperative at MIT

supported by the Edgerton Center
Monday/Wednesday 7-10 PM, Room 4-409

Note: The seminars have filled up, sorry. Try again next semester.

This is the home page for seminars taught by members of REC (the Robotics and Electronics Cooperative at MIT) during the Spring 2001 semester.

SP.710, SP.711, and SP.712 are short (one month long), intensive (6 hours of class a week), 3-unit seminars on various engineering topics. The first seminar will run during February, the second during March, and the third during April (roughly, see individual syllabi), allowing you to enroll in just one of the seminars, or two or three if you wish.

(Note that while each seminar is 3 units, it only lasts a third of the semester, so the workload during that time will be equivalent to that of a 9-unit course!)

While there may be short lectures at the beginning of each class, most of the class time will be devoted to "learning by building stuff": assembling circuits, building mechanical things, and writing computer programs. These are not classes you will get anything out of by just coming and sitting around, we want you to get in there and try things!

Each of the seminars has a $20 lab fee (negotiable if money is an issue for you) to cover materials, and is limited to an enrollment of 8 students. If a seminar is oversubscribed, we will have to go through some sort of lottery / selection process.

Times and dates: The seminars will meet Monday and Wednesday evenings from 7-10 PM, in room 4-409. The first seminar, Programmable Microcontrollers, will begin Monday, February 12th.

For more information about each seminar, visit its web page:

SP.710: Programmable Microcontrollers

SP.711: Driving Motors

SP.712: Sensors

More questions? Send email to

[Note 1: These classes are only open to members of the MIT community, sorry.]

[Note 2: Freshmen: Yes, these seminars count towards the credit limit, like all other credit-bearing classes. Sorry.]

last edited 1/31/01