Lab Reports: Format & Description


Format for Weekly Lab Reports: Lab reports in 182 should be considered project progress reports.  Each report will have a cover page, a one-page description of the work done, and as many pages of sketches and/or schematics as necessary to fully describe the system as it has been built. (In the case of Lab 1, your report will describe the system as it is planned.)

1.         The cover page will include:

·        Team Name:  your table, day and section, e.g. A/Mon./9:30 and your chosen team name (required) and logo (if you have one)

·        Names of team members

·        DATE — this is the date the assignment is due

·        Title of assignment, e.g. Lab 2 - Assemble Frame, Rollers, and Belt

·        Course number and title

2.         The one-page description must be typed and include the following information:

·        Objective of the lab activity

·        Description of what was accomplished

·        Discussion of any problems encountered and how they were solved.

3.         Sketches and/or schematics must be neat, complete, and easy to understand.


Quality of Lab Reports: As always, write clearly and concisely. Your sketches will be graded based on their accuracy and neatness — in other words, on how well and easily someone else could construct the system using the sketches. Some notes can be easily printed on the sketches to aid in construction. Each sketch must be labeled with the team name, date, and name of the person who made the sketch — in case the sketch would need to be separated from the report.



Descriptions of Weekly Lab Reports: Keep in mind that all lab reports should be treated as progress reports.  Therefore, the following descriptions are only meant as guides to milestones you should reach per lab.  If you have not completed all the tasks listed below, simply describe those that your group has a chance to complete. 


The Lab 1 assignment is for teams to discuss options for sorting the recyclable objects and to describe and sketch at least 3 different options. The assignments made in Labs 2- 5 are to construct and/or demonstrate the operation of some part of the conveyor/sorter system and to prepare sketches and/or schematics of the system. The sketches and/or schematics should be detailed enough to allow another team to build a system that looks and operates like the one the team has prepared. The instructional team will check the construction and offer advice as needed.

Description of Weekly Lab Reports:

Lab 1. Brainstorm on sorter mechanism design. Discuss many ways your team could sort the recyclable objects. Select your three best ideas. In the lab report briefly describe those three ideas and make a sketch of each idea. The sketches must be detailed enough to allow someone to understand how your design would work. You may want to put some notes on the sketch to aid understanding.

Due:    At the beginning of Lab 2

Lab 2. Assemble and disassemble the conveyor belt. Make a detailed sketch of the system as it is assembled. Your sketch should contain enough detail that another person would be able to be reproduce the work done in lab.  Prepare report on this lab.

Due:    At the beginning of Lab 3

Lab 3.  Introduction to Circuits: Learn about sensors that could be used to count the number of objects in bin 1.  You will work with a breadboard and sensors to assemble three simple circuits from schematics. The lab report will describe the circuits, their intended use, the team’s preliminary selection of a sensor for counting, and include sketches of the three circuits (their physical layouts) and the related schematics.

Due:    At the beginning of Lab 4

Lab 4.   Continue work on circuits.

Due:    At the beginning of Lab 5

Lab 5. Finish any circuit work. Install the sorter system on your conveyor; add the counter for bin 1 to the system; test the system; and sketch the entire system. Sketches to be submitted with this week’s lab report should show the system as it was built this week.

Due: At the beginning of Lab 6

Consult the syllabus for dates associated with drafts of the final written report.  These drafts are to contain anything that you would expect to see in the final version of the written report.