IEEE R2 Student Brown Bag Competition - Analog and Digital Circuit Design


This will be a competition for students to innovatively solve problems when presented with some parts that may or may not be involved in creating a solution.

Teams will be paired, but the pairings and the challenges will not be known until 8:30 the day of the competition.  The pairs must work together to complete the task.  We will use Zoom breakout rooms and each pair of teams will have their own.  Work will be submitted into Google shared folders, which will be locked for edits at noon.  Schematics (any format including photos of hand drawn ones) and source code must be submitted.  Also teams will have video of their operation by noon to ensure those with judging later do not have additional time to continue work.
Judging will be from 12:00 to 16:00.  Each team will have 20 minutes to present so there will be 12 pairs of teams for 24 teams total.

Teams may be up to 4 students.  They must be IEEE Student Members, but need not be from the same school or a school with an active student branch.  They must be Region 2 students.

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Required skills will be analog design (transistors and op amps) for sensor interface and digital programming (Arduino, any language you choose).
Participants will need soldering stations & solder, basic hand tools (wire cutters, needle nose pliers, etc:).  Voltmeters and oscilloscopes are necessary.  Other measuring tools are allowed, but external sources, such as signal generators, are prohibited.
They will also need to supply a computer for programming the Arduino device.
DC power supplies, battery power, or using a USB input for 5V power only are to be provided by the participant.

Prizes will be awarded:
Mad Scientist - $250 for the best overall.
Evil Wizard - $200 for completing the assignment and doing something weird.
Sorcerer's Apprentice - $50 for not completing the assignment, but doing something weird and entertaining.
Journeyman Spark - $0 for others competing the assignment.
Smokey the Bear - $0 for those that did not work, but did not set off smoke alarms and evacuation of the building.

Only one member should register for each team.  Names and IEEE numbers for all team members are required to complete your registration.

If you are interested in participating, but need others to form a team, please register and indicate that under team members.

  Date and Time




  • Date: 09 Apr 2022
  • Time: 08:30 AM to 04:00 PM
  • All times are (GMT-05:00) US/Eastern
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Registration information will be sent to team members

  • Starts 07 March 2022 06:00 AM
  • Ends 30 March 2022 11:55 PM
  • All times are (GMT-05:00) US/Eastern
  • No Admission Charge


8:30 AM - problems assigned to the teams

12:00 PM - team submissions must be complete

12:00 - 4:00 PM - presentation and interviews with the judges

5:00 PM - Awards