Curriculum: Analog and Digital

Course Description (10th - 12th Grade):

This course focuses on the basic skills to design and build with both linear analog and programmable digital circuits. The first of two projects delves into amplifying audio (from a personal music device or musical instrument), as well as sculpting audio frequencies. Students learn to improve the sound of their amplified audio through research on material thickness, resonance, enclosure shapes as well as other factors. The second project focuses on programming a microcontroller for basic digital audio input, output and audio analysis. After performing a number of basic experiments, students will create a digitally controlled add-on for their amplifier; this can be an audio visualizer, an interactive electronic instrument or an audio sample player.


  • Learn to construct and combine digital and analog circuits in the context of audio manipulation
  • Understand Audio Frequencies, Filters, Envelopes, and Signal Amplification
  • Problem-Solving: practice persistence, self-sufficiency, and peer support
  • Build skills in the design process and idea generation
  • Design for a balance of sonic quality and overall form
  • Experience designing and constructing with various Materials (Acrylic, Wood, MDF)
  • CAD design for the laser cutter, CNC or 3D printing