Intro To Digital Logic - Mechatronics


Students Will Know & Be Able To Do: Explain the difference between Analog and Digital logic.They will be able to discuss Analog and Digital systems and be able to identify examples of each


Introduction: This lesson is designed to introduce students to the Digital Logic.  The hook is an example of Analog vs Digital implemented in TinkerCAD Circuits. Next is a lecture on the difference between Digital and Analog systems. As part of the lecture, students will have an opportunity to do some independent researcher on Analog and Digital systems.  

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How I Teach This Lesson: I start by going to TinkerCAD ( and creating a circuit and discussing the difference between Analog and Digital (this draws on prior knowledge where students have build resistor, LED and switch circuits. 

I then start the lecture slides, but a few slides in I have students go to the sparkfun site to research Analog vs Digital I have them spend 5-10 min and then have a class discussion.

I then continue with the lecture slides

Good Luck, Have Fun.

Prior Knowledge: Students should understand Analog serial and parallel resistor circuits.  Best if they have had experience using TinkerCAD circuits

Lesson Times

1-2 class periods
60+ Minutes

Industries / Subjects / Grades

Industries / Pathways
  • Engineering & Architecture Engineering & Architecture
    • Engineering Technology
K-12 Subjects
  • Technology Education
Grade Levels
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12

Standards and Objectives


California's 2013 CTE Standards (3)

Related Instructional Objectives (SWBAT...)

  • distinguish between Analog and Digital signals.
  • build a simple digital circuit ssing online circuit simulators like
  • use the internet and research Analog and Digital systems.

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