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Remote control for opening of canal locks

Course: 16.365 Electronics I
Semester: Fall 2007
Instructor: Joel Therrien
Partner:Lowell National Historical Park

Students in the Electronics I course designed a circuit to remotely control the canal lock located near the hydro station. This will remove the need for a person to be present to open the gates for the boats. This project was perceived by students as one where they had a ‘job to do’ and one where they could appreciate “the importance of the course material in that it could actually be used, not just studied”. One of the goals of this project is that the cost savings that this project brings might allow for more canal tours, or at least protection against budget cuts