• Digital Electronics / ElectronicsTechnology

    Electronics drive modern life -- keep the energy flowing with your troubleshooting skills!

    Electronics Tech student
    If you are fascinated by today’s ever-morphing electronic devices, imagine learning how they work – and better still, how they can be developed or improved by YOU. Learn to install, customize, repair, and maintain today’s cutting edge electronics technology.

    First, learn to speak and read the language of electronics: symbols, data sheets, safety measures, and diagrams. Then begin electronic fabrication: the art of soldering, using assembly tools, and system testing procedures. You will build, test, and troubleshoot electronic circuits, using a digital storage oscilloscope to convert, observe and record constantly varying signal voltages. Understand the fundamentals of transformers, capacitors, inductors, and DC circuits.
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    Note to Students and Counselors:
    This program is for students interested in following either an electronics technology career pathway OR an engineering pathway. 

    1. Students interested in Electronics Technology may take this program one or two years, with the opportunity to earn college credit and an ET certificate through a partnership with College of DuPage.
    2. Students interested in the PLTW Pathway to Engineering course sequence will take PLTW Digital Electronics first semester, followed second semester by followed by the PLTW capstone course Engineering Design & Development (EDD) -- more PLTW information here.
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    Digital Electronics (DE - PLTW) *
    Specialized Course, PLTW Pathway to Engineering
    TCD is a PLTW Certified School
    * Note to Students and Counselors:
    Students interested in taking Digital Electronics (DE) as part of the the PLTW course sequence should enroll in TCD's Digital Electronics / Electronics Technology program. The semester-long PLTW - DE curriculum is housed within the Electronics Technology program. Second semester, DE students may continue the PLTW sequence with Engineering Design & Development (EDD).


    Mark Lindberg


    Digital Electronics (DE) -- one semester course in the Pathway to Engineering course sequence
    Analyze, design, and build your own digital electronic circuits, the technology that powers your cell phone, MP3 player, tablet, camera, and HD television. The demand for greater signal speed, storage capacity, and applications drives industry’s need for creative problem-solvers and innovators like you!

    Start with terminology, communication methods, engineering standards, analog/digital circuits, soldering, and troubleshooting techniques. Then learn digital theory fundamentals: combination logic, sequential logic, process and control experiments, and microcontrollers. You will design and build a variety of projects: a random number generator (think “random quote of the day”), a tollbooth gate, a garage door opener’s circuit, and a 60-second timer circuit.l Before you know it, you will be diving into robotics: programming microchips and an Arduino microcontroller using VEX systems

    Digital Electronics (DE), one of the specialized courses in TCD's PLTW Pathway to Engineering course sequence. This is a high school level course for students interested in electronics. This course assumes no previous knowledge, but students are expected to be concurrently enrolled in college preparatory mathematics and science courses at their high school. If you are not familiar with the list of topics below, don't worry -- that's the language of electronics and you will learn it one step at a time! Students who have completed the foundation courses Introduction to Engineering Design (IED) and Principles of Engineering (POE) at TCD or their high school can easily transition into this course.

    This is not a comprehensive list of all available skills and goals, but given to show the scope of the curriculum. Changes may occur year to year based on industry input, change in focus, or other factors. Please contact the program instructor or coordinator for additional information.


    The course of study includes:


    Fundamentals of Analog & Digital Electronics

    Foundations and Board Game

    Introduction to Analog

    Introduction to Digital


    Combination Logic

    AOI Logic

    NAND / NOR Logic

    Date of Birth Design

    Combinational Logic Circuits

    Programmable Logic                            


    Sequential Logic

    Latches and Flip Flops

    Asynchronous Counters

    Synchronous Counters

    State Machine Design



    Introduction to Microcontrollers

    Microcontrollers and the Boe-Bot

    Boe-Bot Design Projects
    Students who have successfully completed the foundation courses Introduction to Engineering Design (IED) and Principles of Engineering (POE) at TCD or their high school can easily transition to this course. For maximum recognition or credit from PLTW-affiliated colleges and universities, it is recommended that a student successfully complete the two foundation courses, one specialized course, and the capstone course. Some affiliates give credit or recognition on a course by course basis. For more information click here.

    For additional PLTW course information:
    Civil Engineering & Architecture (CEA) -- specialized course
    Computer Science Principles (CSP) -- specialized course
    Engineering Design & Development (EDD) -- capstone course