TC 7 and 8 (team) -- Final oral presentation and written report

TC 7 (oral presentation)
Assigned: 30 March 2015
Worth: 60 points
Due: 16 April 2015 or 17 April 2015

TC 8 (written report)
Assigned: 30 March 2015
Worth: 80 points
Due: 20 April 2015

Little Toy Blue
1 Varsity Drive
Suite 1973
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48108

To: All Educational Toy Division engineers
From: Nikola Tesla, Vice President for Innovation
Subject:   Educational toy project reports (oral and written)
Date: 30 March 2015

The date for presenting and demonstrating your educational toy prototypes is fast approaching. We know that all engineering teams have been developing their concepts and preparing their prototypes, and we look forward to seeing the results. We would like to make sure that your design process and decisions, and your recommendations for the future of your projects, are clearly documented. We are therefore asking you to present your work orally and in writing. The purpose of this memo is to specify the goals and requirements for these two reports.


In any design project, two things of value may be created: first, the product design itself, and second, the enhanced experiences and skills of the team members, which will be valuable in future projects. We will ask you to report on both of these aspects.

Product design

We have asked you to come up with a vision for your proposed product as it would be manufactured and marketed, but we have only required you to implement a limited-functionality prototype. This report should cover both but should focus on the prototype. You must cover such subjects as:

Project issues

Note that these are content areas, not sections. The actual organization into sections is somewhat up to you, within the limits laid out below. All of these areas are important, and all of them need to have some attention paid to them. The ultimate "argument" of this report is that you did as well as you could, given the resources available to you and the obstacles you had to face. In some sense, the ultimate proof of this argument is that you have a working prototype, which you should be able to demo.


As described above, there are two deliverables, the oral presentation and the written report. Both are in formats that should be familiar by now.

Oral presentation

As before, this will be presented as a team oral presentation using PowerPoint or equivalent, and a brief of your product. A rough rule of thumb for timing is as follows:

This adds up to a maximum of 20 minutes per team, and we will need to enforce this limit fairly strictly. Every member of the team should help develop the presentation and present part of it. You must speak without written notes.

You team should bring a laptop with VGA output to show your presentation, both to the rehearsal and to the actual presentation. Let us know if this poses a problem for your team. Your team should also bring your top.sof and .mif files on a USB flash drive, and a paper copy of your slides for the evaluators (three-per-page format is OK). Bring an initialized SD card if you need it in the demo.

We will provide a complete DE2 setup and a laptop to run Quartus. We will also provide a projector and document camera. The document camera can project a live picture of the DE2 board during your demo. During your demo, you can switch between showing the VGA output from the DE2 and a live picture of your DE2 board.

Little Toy Blue hopes this presentation will be a serious, in-depth look at your project, process and outcomes, not a quick and dirty demo.

Written report

The written project report is a 10-15 page document (approximately). It should follow the structure below:

Remember the particulars of this format:

Some more format specs:

Feel free to contact Dr. Hildinger with questions.

How to submit your work

After your team presentation, one member of the team should submit your PowerPoint slides here. One member from your team should submit the PDF file for your final report here.