Lights, circuits, action: Electronics class makes working alarm clocks

Freshman Racquel McCauley makes an electric circuit that will count to 10 and will show decimal numbers as binary numbers.

Dylan Keller

The science lab lit up as small, bright red lights flashed from circuit boards that sat on each table. Eleven students were scattered throughout the lab to work on what would become their alarm clocks.

Mr. Vladimir Lopez, Upper School science teacher, and Mrs. Kristen Madison, Upper School math teacher, moved from table to table helping students and answering their questions. 

“I am channeling my inner scientist,” Mrs. Madison said as she tried to assist each student at once.

For both Mr. Lopez and Mrs. Madison, it is their second year of teaching the Interim Term class, “Digital Electronics.” 

“This class shows just how intricate and complex the electronics we depend on in our daily life really are,” Mrs. Madison said.

“Digital Electronics” consists of one quiz and eight continuous labs that ultimately lead each student to make their own alarm clock.

“I learned a lot in this class. I now have a huge appreciation for people who build electronics,” said freshman Jaivir Pande.

The students were challenged.

“Mine started smoking so I unplugged it,”  freshman Kathrine Zhang said.

Her peer agreed that building electronics could be a dangerous job.

“If you do not build it the right way, it could blow up,” sophomore Brooke Martine exclaimed.

Students raised their hands on repeat as they met the challenge of following their teachers’ directions in the lab.

“This class is hard but definitely still worth it,” sophomore Davis Towns said.