ENGR 120 - Hardware and Software

The Living WITH the Lab first year experience boosts hands-on learning through student ownership and maintenance of the “lab.” Each is provided with a robotics kit, a programmable controller, sensors, servos, and software to provide the basis for a mobile laboratory and design platform. Students are also provided with a set of tools and two software programs to allow them to work on projects independently outside of the classroom. Student-owned hardware and software broaden the spectrum of projects and design topics that can be addressed. Students are responsible for purchasing their own laptop computer.

items provided to students description and purpose
Boe-Bot parts

Description: Parallax Boe-Bot parts kit

Purpose: The Boe-Bot parts kit will provide the platform onto which we will mount the Arduino microcontroller. The resulting robot will be interfaced with a host of electrical components, sensors and actuators, providing a mechanism for implementing interesting engineering projects.

Custom Kit for Louisiana Tech First-Year Engineering
part number 81016


Description: Arduino Uno (Rev 3 or later) (ATMega328)

Purpose: The Arduino microcontroller will be utilized for measurement and control applications.

Description: Breadboard (400 tie point)

Purpose: Breadboards allow circuits to be quickly prototyped.

USB cable

Description: 1 meter long USB cable: type "A" to "B"

Purpose: A cable is needed to attach the Arduino to your computer.

Description: Equus Innova 3320 Auto Ranging Digital Multimeter IN3320

Purpose: For understanding and troubleshooting electrical circuits and components.

test clip adapters

Description: Banana to IC Hook Cables

Purpose: These cables allow you to connect to small wires with your multimeter, providing for hands-free measurements.


Description: ANSI Approved Safety Glasses

Purpose: To protect your eyes during project work

tool bag

Description: Canvas Tool Bag (internal and external pockets not necessary)

Purpose: To hold your tools

Description: Precision Cutters

Purpose: Nice for doing electrical work and general trimming.

needle nose pliers

Description: Needle Nose Pliers

Purpose: Nice for doing electrical work.


Description: Stainless Steel Ruler (there are all different types that would work well)

Purpose: For measuring and laying out parts during fabrication.


Description: Dial Caliper (6 inch with thumb wheel is recommended)

Purpose: To measure parts to within 0.001 inch.

Description: Precision Philips screwdriver

Purpose: To assemble parts.

Description: Stubby Philips and flat head screwdrivers.

Purpose: To assemble parts.

wire strippers

Description: Wire Stripper. You will need to strip 22 gage solid core wire (this is the size wire that fits into your breadboard).

Purpose: For stripping insulation off of wire, for crimping, and for cutting.


Description: Fine Point Sharpie (or other paint pen)

Purpose: To make marks during project fabrication. Also works good on the printed student notes.

Source: Varous sources

Approximate Cost: $1 - $2

teflon tape

Description: Teflon Tape

Purpose: Thread sealing tape for plumbing fittings

Source: Varous sources

Approximate Cost: $0.60 - $2

Description: Simple and small pocket knife

Purpose: To remove burrs from plastic parts and for cutting materials.


Description: 6 AA Batteries (alkaline or rechargable)

Purpose: To power your robot for autonomous (no wires attached) operation.


Description: Educational version of SolidWorks

Purpose: For making drawings (2D and 3D).


computer purchased by student

Description: Laptop Computer

Purpose: To communicate with the robot, to make engineering models and drawings, to perform scientific calculations, to write reports, and to develop computer-based presentations. Students will purchase their own laptop computer.

Tips for Selecting a Computer: Click HERE!

Computer Repair:
A+ Computer Specialist, 211 North Service Rd East, (318) 255-7088
Computer Solutions, 1501 Farmerville Hwy, (318) 255-2555
Dr. Bulldog Computer, 208 North Trenton St, (318) 255-0333
Hi-Tech Computers, 316 East Georgia Ave, (318) 255-1110
Office Depot, 221 North Service Rd East, (318) 251-9828

Phone/tablet screen repair:
In & Out Smart Repair, 806 North Trenton St, (318) 224-9060
Fix My Smart Phone, 1319 North Vienna St, (318) 224-1670
Gadget Pros, 708 Celebrity Dr, (318) 497-4464 Laptop Computer

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install Microsoft Office on computer
description and source

Description: Microsoft Office

Purpose: For general productivity, presentations, and calculations. You will specifically need Excel and PowerPoint.

Download for Free: Click HERE!


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