Camosun Students Showcase Innovative Real-World Technology Projects

After months of hard work to complete their diploma, students of Camosun's Electronics & Computer Engineering Technology (ECET) program showcased four innovative Capstone projects to the public and potential employers in December

“The mix of projects is inspiring,” said Alan Duncan, Chair of the Electronics and Computer Engineering Department. “Each team tackles a complex technology challenge and comes up with a tangible and workable solution that has a real-world application. It helps our students to launch successful careers in engineering and technology after graduation. ”

The public and media were invited to join students and faculty as they showcased the following four projects:

Camosun's Electronics & Computer Engineering Technology (ECET) Geo- Mapping Drone Prototype

  • OnBoard One - Electric Longboard Control System is a wireless hand controller attached to a microcomputer controlling a brushless DC motor. Designed for the eco-friendly commuter and outdoor enthusiast.

  • Awesome Express - Geo-Mapping Drone prototype can be used to geo-map small areas including facility installations, crash sites and forest fires. The device is scalable and uses common components to keep production and maintenance costs low.

  • PowerSafe - Power control system accessible via an Android app and used to wirelessly control the power on any standard North American outlet. It is designed to mitigate potential fire-hazards, such as leaving a hair straightener on. Using the app, the outlet can be switched off remotely.

  • Blue-Block Unlocked - 3G touch screen cell phone uses an ARM-processor and incorporates a 3G cellular modem, triple-axis accelerometer, custom PCB, STemWin, FAT32 file system and FreeRTOS to the STM32F7 platform. The unlocked device includes many of features found on modern smartphones including several apps that the students designed from scratch.

The Capstone showcase is the final event of the two-year, full-time ECET diploma program where students design and implement a tangible real-world solution utilizing their skills, expertise and knowledge. Each of the four projects was developed by the students, who worked in small teams to successfully move from idea to implementation in only 11 weeks.

“Building upon their months of training, I am always amazed at what our student teams come up with in only 11 weeks,” said Mel Dundas, lead project instructor. “Their projects demonstrate cutting edge technology in action and the skills they learn along the way – from coming up with the idea, to design, programming and construction – make the capstone projects unique and exciting.”

For nearly three decades, Camosun’s innovative Capstone projects have successfully turned innovative ideas into exciting real-world designs. Program graduates have gone on to successful careers in many parts of the world, in positions supporting research and development, production and commissioning of electronics based systems.

Graduates of Camosun’s innovative ECET program also have the option to convert their diploma into a degree. The bridging program leads directly into the third year of a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering at the University of Victoria.  Read more.