The WEP career day is this coming Monday, October 24. Two hundred and twenty high school girls from all over Massachusetts will be spending a good portion of their day at UMass listening to speakers and doing SCIENCE! Or rather, science’s distillate, ENGINEERING!
The M5 Staff is putting in extra hours to put the two hundred and twenty kits together so the students can build the gadget depicted above, our Jeopardy Machine, during one of their activity periods. When you power up the device, it waits patiently until one of the three input buttons is depressed, then lights up an LED depending on which button is hit first, like a jeopardy buzzer. In the picture above, the greed LED is lit indicating that the middle button was pressed first. To tell the machine to move on to the next question, you hit the “next question” button (leftmost in the picture), the LEDs do a little dance, and it again waits for input.
Come help us trim LED leads and program AVRs, we need all the help we can get! ~Patrick
Last year a few folks from the ECE department, myself included, went to Queens NY for Maker Faire to see what all the fuss was about. We saw 3d printers, laser cutters, circus performers, and fire-spewing metal monsters, among other things. This year, M5 elected to have a table at the Faire and show the world the Spinning Drum Machine. The summer staff at M5 invented the Spinning Drum Machine for the Circuits and Beats program where middle school students in Springfield, Ma learned about hardware and software by building and programming the thing.
The M5 table was under a large tent, the kind you might see at a wedding reception. Also under this tent were the Paul Badger who founded www.moderndevice.com, and the author of the Arduino Cookbook Michael Margolis. Sparkfun.com had their table not too far away, as did the two big NYC hackerspaces Alpha One Labs and NYC Resistor. The Faire was so big that two days seemed certainly too short to explore it all. Come with us when we go back next fall! ~Patrick
Ben, Josh, TJ and Edmar are making a stage, in preparation for a podcast of a talk show that will take place in M5, that will feature ECE department faculty and students.
Do a 1 credit pass/fail ECE design project this semester! That’s what DP123 is all about… ECE Design projects for 1st, 2nd and 3rd year students.
Section 1: Every Monday, 2:30 – 5:30: Emma5 is one fine robot – Instructor: R. Zannoni (297DP: 4 seats left, 497DP: 4 seats left).Tons more details about the robot project subteams are posted the UMassAmherstM5 facebook wall. (Thx TJ) Like it!
Section 2: Every Tuesday, 2:30 – 5:30: The world is a stage – Instructors: TBS and M. Cottom. (297DP: 10 seats left, 497DP: 4 seats left). We’ll be working with the UMass Theater dept to design a crazy robotic thing based on a to take on the road to attract high school students to come here and study either Theater Tech or ECE! It’ll be a blast.
Section 3: Every Wednesday, 2:30 – 5:30: Assistance please! – Instructor: R. Zannoni (297DP: 9 seats left, 497DP: 4 seats left). This project or projects will be in the very wide category of Assistive Technology. Use your tech know-how to help another person in their daily life.
Section 4: Every Thursday, 2:30 – 5:30: Ahh, the sound of money! – Instructor: TBS (297DP: 7 seats left, 497DP: 4 seats left). The fortunate bipeds in this section will make things or kits and sell then on eBay! Fun and Profit! There will be an emphasis on sound-generating gadgets.