Electrical Engineering

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Electrical Engineering
Science Course
Course CodeENGE
Year Opened2004
Sites OfferedCAR, LOS, SAR
Previously OfferedHKG, LOU
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Course Description

Electrical Engineering offers an introduction into the field of electrical engineering. The course covers much of the electricity and magnetism that is offered in a standard AP Physics course, and it also covers the science of circuits and electronics. In addition to extensive lab work, the course teaches students to use various mathematical and scientific tools to aid them in their studies. Labs and projects done in class vary from site to site, but may include leaning how to use a soldering iron, VCR cars (racing cars made entirely out of a broken VCR set plus a battery), bottle rockets, a lab on series and parallel resistors using Kirchoff's Laws and Ohm's Law, assembly of 555 timer based oscillators, a solar powered car controlled by an integrated circuit, and a light following robot that responds to contact with walls and barriers built around the LM386 operational amplifier.

Class History

The Saratoga class has been taught by Kris Darlington (mrd), a physics/chemistry teacher for nine years (18 sessions) as of SAR 15.2. The class is held in bolton 201. 17.1 saw him renamed mrd (pronounced merd) as a result of his email


This was the last time that Loudonville (Siena College) was open as a CTY location, the class was instructed by Kris Darlington, an AP Physics B teacher at a nearby military school and the TA was Glen Haber, a college level EE student.


This session's course was taught by Kris Darlington and TA'd by Eric Hauenstein. This particular class broke the record for most girls in electrical engineering with a total of six (6) girls in the class. Some funny things that happened include:

"like a bus!" Using sausages to find a magnetic field "ask Siri"


Taught by Kris Darlington, TA'd by Jacky Chen. Jacky Chen is god.


Taught by Kris Darlington, TA'd by Jacky Chen. Jacky Chen is life. He also has the power of 9 horses. Funny things: "Box on Wheels" Also had 6 girls.


This session of ENGE was taught by Ranbel Sun, MIT Graduate, and Mark Jian Zhong, a graduate of Columbia University. This class was fabulously notorious for having been criticized for "ostracizing" someone who plagiarized work and who also stuck LEDs into a 120 VAC outlet. A taser was also designed in this class, capable of delivering a 25V, 500mA shock to anything it wanted. Also, there were only 2 girls in this class, which was surprising to some. Several quotes include:

"I can't fit these two things into this (breadboard) hole"

"That's what she said"

"Not to you"




Josh Orndorff taught this session, while Christian Ward TA'd. Fourteen guys came from RA James' hall, and four girls were from RA Autumn's hall. One famous adage was: "Never smoke pots," in reference to burning up potentiometers. Amazing achievements included a student going up stairs carrying a backpack and doing work at a rate more powerful than one horsepower, throwing frisbees onto the street during break, and designing an analog and digital circuit that outputs 2A of current to launch rockets. Another project was designing solar cars from VCR parts and analog components, instead of integrated circuits. Ohm's Law and universality of logic gates were two topics emphasized by Josh. On Love Tape Day, a few students used duct tape to tape the symbols for a resistor, transistor, battery, and potentiometer onto their backs. One time the class did Ohm's Law jumping jacks and screamed, "V=IR." Also, one student was forced to sit near the door because of his thirstiness (not the literal one). Most importantly, our class was the one that kept shouting, "I say James, you say Patty!" with the intention of shipping them together.

SAR 15.2

Taught by Kris(tin) Darlington. TA'd by Dylan Shinn. Was Kris' 9th year teaching the course. Resulted in two completed photorobots.


ENGE A was taught by Ranbel Sun, and TA'd by Devin Larsen. The class consisted of 14 boys and 4 girls. Memorable moments include building three robots, almost everyone failing the first quiz, playing Frisbee and wall ball, Raymond the Ramen Noodle, doing problem sets pretty much every night, and making a ton of "That's what she said" jokes.

SAR 18.1

Taught by Kris, TA'd by Teairra. This class started off with a bang. Soon after Kris stated, "no matter what, no unauthorized experiments," a student who had just received a multimeter turned it to a random dial and stuck it in a socket. Causing a flash that eerily imitated lightning, it became a running joke throughout the rest of the session.