EFA:Final Project Guidelines

General Guidelines

Students should complete a final project, either individually or in a small group (max. 3 students), that explores electronics as a creative medium.

  • Some common topics that could be good starting points if you are still looking for something to do:
    • Tangible user interfaces
    • Wearable electronics
    • Custom music controllers
    • Synthesizers and sequencers
    • Kinetic sculptures
    • Simple robots
    • Interactive installations
  • Read through Tom Igoe’s post about Physical Computing’s Greatest Hits and Misses
  • If you are still a bit uncomfortable with working with electronics, start from simple and expand from there.
  • It is ok to combine this project with something you are doing for another course. Especially if it’s a course that I teach. If I’m not teaching the other one, check with the teacher of that course, if it is ok to combine the workload with this project.
  • Combining this project with the one from Introduction to Workshops and Studio Facilities is possible.
  • If you still feel lost, you can expand the projects we made during the course (the noise machine or the robot)

Project Proposal

I have a little bit rethought how I’m expecting the project proposal from you. I’m not expecting a finished document this week. Instead, I would like all of you to create an online document (Google Docs, Microsoft Sharepoint (Aalto)) or some other document you can share to me and keep on editing throughout the course. I should also have the possibility to add comments to it or edit it.

Please create the first version latest on Tuesday, November 17.

For the first version:

  • Some short thoughts on what you would like to explore and wok with
  • Some references (artworks/projects that are similar to what you would like to do)
  • Initial list of parts and components you think you will need

I can then add comments directly to your document and you can keep updating it as the course goes on. Try to update it every week with some more details. There will be a MyCourses assignment where you can submit the link.

Please create the first version latest on Tuesday, November 17.

Final Project Presentations

  • Present your project during the Aalto Media Lab Demo Day (December 16, 2020). Either as an individual project or as part of our course documentation.

Project Documentation

Another mandatory part of your project is documenting it. It is extremely important to document your work well for your portfolio

  • Minimum documentation consists of:
    • A short description of your project
    • One photo of the finished work
    • One video of the finished work
  • Recommended documentation also would include one or more of the following
    • A guide/tutorial on how to build your project. Published on your own website or on service like Arduino Project Hub or Hackster.io. See the EFA Robot documentation as an example.
    • A more detailed report on the process of creating your work.
    • More photos, sketches, high-quality video.
  • The documentation needs to be ready in time for Demo Day (December 16). Please note the deadlines for Demo Day materials when they are published. You can submit and edit your final documentation still until the end of Friday, December 18th.
  • Add your detailed documentation (or a link to it) in the same Demo Day EFA folder that you used to submit things for Demo Day.


This course is graded 0–5

  • 0 Fail
  • 1 Poor
  • 2 Satisfactory
  • 3 Good
  • 4 Very Good
  • 5 Excellent

You will be graded based on the following criteria

  • Active attendance to classes and discussions (25% of the grade).
    • Minimum 80% attendance
    • Your attitude and activeness in class
  • The final project (50% of the grade). You will be evaluated based on:
    • Aesthetic quality of the work
    • Novelty and creativity of the concept
    • Critical approach to the topic
    • Command of the technology
    • Attention to detail
  • Documentation of the final project (25% of the grade). You will evaluated based on:
    • Critical reflection
    • Quality of the audiovisual documentation
    • The amount of detail and depth in the documentation

Examples of Projects from Previous Years

See here for some selected examples from previous years.