Short Courses

Winterim 2017

Mini skills-based courses for students on campus during December break

Exploration with Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy (EDS)

Nov 28–30  | Tue–Thur  | 9:00am–12:00pm (lecture/demonstration), 1:00–5:30pm (hands-on sessions)

Ever see a shiny rock and wonder what it's made of, been curious why a bolt on your bicycle snapped, or just wanted to see a bug really close-up? Learn how to use Thayer’s SEM system with compositional microanalysis (EDS—determines the elements present in a material).

In the mornings students will attend short lectures and watch videos describing how SEM and EDS work, followed by discussion and training sessions on these systems. In the afternoons students will be paired-up to run the SEM and EDS systems on their own with help from the instructor as needed.

A number of prepared specimens will be provided, but students are encouraged to bring in specimens they think might be interesting—rocks, a broken piece of metal, dead insects, dried plant matter, coins, jewelry, or even a paint chip from an art project to see if cadmium yellow really contains cadmium. Class will take place over 3 days, with an optional 4th day for more in-depth work on student specimens if desired.

Completion of this class signifies qualification to use the SEM/EDS system on your own during your time at Dartmouth.

  • Instructor: Daniel Cullen
  • Location: MacLean 028
  • Student Limit: 6
  • Materials Fee: $50
  • Intended Audience: Undergraduate students and non-STEM graduate students

Small Engine Workshops

  1. Nov 28 | Tue | 9:00am–12:00pm
  2. Nov 28 | Tue | 1:00–4:00pm
  3. Nov 29 | Wed | 9:00am–12:00pm
  4. Nov 29 | Wed | 1:00–4:00pm
  5. Nov 30 | Thu | 9:00am–12:00pm
  6. Nov 30 | Thu | 1:00–4:00pm
  7. Dec 1 | Fri | 9:00am–12:00pm
  8. Dec 1 | Fri | 1:00–4:00pm

NOTE: Each workshop is identical. Sign-up for only one.

Get hands-on, guided experience disassembling and reassembling a Honda engine—the type typically used in lawn mowers, snow blowers, go-carts, etc. Learn what makes two-cycle and four-cycle engines work as we:

  1. Disassemble the engine (Follow the instruction exactly!)
  2. Review parts and functions (Ask questions!)
  3. Reassemble the engine
  4. Answer questions about engines
  5. Write up an assignment  
  • Faculty Instructors: Jason Downs
  • Location: TBA
  • Student Limit: 6 per workshop 
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Materials Fee: $50

Carving and Cutting on the Shopbot CNC Router 

  1. Dec 4–6 | Mon–Wed | 9:00am–12:00pm
  2. Dec 4–6 | Mon–Fri | 1:00–4:00pm

NOTE: Each section is identical. Sign-up for only one.

Learn to use Aspire software to design wooden products and machine them on the Shopbot CNC Router. Make a sign and/or a textured box with lid.

  • Instructor: Kevin Baron & Anaqhelly Cisneros
  • Location: TBA
  • Student Limit: 3 per section
  • Materials Fee: $50
  • Prerequisites: None

Internet of Things

Dec 5–8 | Tue–Fri | 9:00am–5:00pm

Get hands-on experience:

  1. programming inexpensive Raspberry Pi internet-enabled tiny computers;
  2. connecting these devices to measure and interact with the real world;
  3. monitoring and controlling these devices from the Internet (e.g. via web browser or smartphone).

This mini-course will help participants better understand, through hands-on experience, the technologies that make IoT devices interact with the physical world and communicate with the Internet, smartphones, and servers. 

We will guide you through the design, hardware and software engineering of an Internet-connected device project, and you will have the chance to enhance and customize this project further or even develop a follow-up project of your own design (individually or in pairs). In the process you will learn some basic Linux shell commands, get introduced to Python programming, experience simple hardware wiring and gain knowledge in network traffic and processes.

We will provide all equipment, software, and guidance.

  • Instructors: Corey Austin, Rich Crowley, Matt Dailey, Mark Franklin, Jane Reynolds, Ben Servoz, Petra Taylor
  • Location: MacLean​ 132
  • Student Limit: 12
  • Materials Fee: $50
  • Prerequisites: Willingness to learn Python programming, basic Linux shell commands, simple hardware wiring, and perhaps HTML or other web publishing/programming tools
  • Intended Audience: Students with less programming and hardware experience will be given admittance priority. (More experienced students wishing to work independently are welcome, space permitting.)


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Important Notes

MS and PhD Students