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    Electronics Year 10 Project Ideas?

    Right, I have to make a product with at least 3-Program-able chips with-in the circuit, there are no bounds on what I can do, only that, I must have it completed by the end of Year 11.
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    I did an alarm system when I did my GCSE Electronics. But that was in the days without programmable chips!

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    Robot wars mini robots controlling different things for movement and mini weaponry...

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    Both are good but not what I need, mainly what most people are doing, is an attachment for a computer or even a money box. i want to do something different, any other suggestions?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrunkenMafia View Post
    Both are good but not what I need, mainly what most people are doing, is an attachment for a computer or even a money box. i want to do something different, any other suggestions?
    The thing is, the actual end product isn't the key thing here - it is the design and implementation work, and the report that get you the marks - so, don't choose something just because you want to be different. Different usually means more difficult to get assistance with, and more difficult to implement and a poorly implemented unique design is not going to get you as many marks as a well implemented product that others are making too.

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    How about a bath sensor....tells when its cold 0-30 degrees, warm 31-45 degrees, hot 46 degrees and above. Pretty simple to do. Use it to show a green led or something when it hits one of the temps :-)

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    I made an alarmed electronic money box that counted the amount of the coins you put inside it last year. I wish I had some pictures of it actually it looked like a flight data recorder and was pretty cool I thought :P

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    they can finish off my Network Kettle! I want to be able to control it from a chip rather then a web relay!

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    programmable greenhouse watering system, combines electronics and other DT disciplines. It's what i did for a level back in the day!

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    I'd suggest popping in to your nearest Maplin and taking a look at their kits (don't use them though, I'm sure your assessor would know!) and also this series of books book (available regularly in Maplin):101 Spy Gadgets for the Evil Genius - Google Books

    That should give you some ideas if you want to be different!

    Don't be too quick to disregard @localzuk advice though, at GCSE level they will be looking more at your design and implementation skills than the end product itself

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    The way they mark the product has changed, our teacher told us, that they now mark the product and use the folder as a back up.

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