The Maker-E is a creative space for learning about and working on electronics, programming, and similar projects.  The Maker-E is located in room 111 of Dana Engineering and is open to all students, faculty and staff throughout the academic year. The Maker-E has everything you need to learn electronics or create your own projects including:  fabrication, computer aided design, measurement, and meeting spaces along with a large reconfigurable space. These areas are equipped with a wide range of tools and high tech devices.

The Maker-E is open on a 24/7 basis to anyone at Bucknell who has registered to use the space.  The Maker-E has full-time staff available from 8am – 5 pm Monday through Friday.  Student technicians are available Mondays 7 pm – 9 pm, Tuesdays noon – 2 pm, and Thursdays 7 pm – 9 pm.  The Maker-E staff is there to help you with safe and effective use of the lab equipment.

The Maker-E is meant to empower students, staff, and faculty to work on a wide range of projects for both their academic and intellectual growth, and to facilitate collaborations and friendships.


The Maker-E is for academic use in furtherance of Bucknell’s mission as a residential-based institution of higher education.  Such “academic use” is broadly defined and is not limited to activities that are performed directly in connection with coursework, student research or faculty scholarship.  Rather, academic use includes activities that allow faculty to explore concepts they believe might be relevant to future teaching or scholarship at Bucknell, that allow students to engage in activities that support their academic growth, and that allow faculty or staff to work with students in a manner that furthers Bucknell’s residential education model.  The Maker-E should not be used for commercial endeavors or activities that do not have a stated goal in furtherance of Bucknell’s academic mission.

November 3rd, 2016

TI Microcontroller (MSP43X)

Microcontrollers are tiny computers that are used to control all kinds of devices.  Many Maker projects build in microcontrollers like Arduinos and TI MSP430s to control lights and motors, collect data from sensors for robots.  These microcontrollers are very popular since they are relatively easy to program without a lot of prior experience. This tutorial will teach you how to hook up a microcontroller for the first time and write a simple program that can control devices hooked to the microcontroller board.  It is designed for people who have very little to no experience using a microcontroller or electronics.  By the time […]

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October 4th, 2016

Breville 980 XL Espresso Machine

The Maker-E has an espresso machine that used by authorized individuals to make coffee.  If you get authorized you will be responsible not only for making delicious caffeinated beverages but also keeping the machine and area clean as well as contributing to the supplies like coffee beans, milk, and water.  Failure to clean up or maintain the machine will get your certification revoked.  If you want to earn the certification click the link below. Link to Breville 980 XL Tutorial

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October 4th, 2016

Design A Printed Circuit Board

You will learn printed circuit board (PCB) design by creating a firefly board to go out on the hallway display.   To design a the PCB you will learn to generate a schematic diagram and organize the board’s components and traces. The PCB Design Tutorial, whose link can be found at the bottom of this paragraph, does not test or teach someone the electrical theory behind how the Firefly circuitry works, but instead aids a student in learning how to use the software needed to transform a schematic from paper into a useful PCB.  If you follow the instructions you’ll be able to […]

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October 3rd, 2016

3 Axis Accelerometer Connected with SPI

This kit connects a three axis accelerometer to a Texas Intruments MSP430 or MSP432 microcontroller so you can learn both about how to measure acceleration as well as how to connect devices using the Serial-Parallel Interface, otherwise known as an SP interface.  Access the tutorial for this Technology Kit here.  You should be familiar with writing a Sketch in TI’s Energia language which is almost identical to that used for Arduinos.

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October 3rd, 2016

Learn how to Print in 3D

The M3D Printer is great for learning the basics of 3D printing.  You can download a model from a site like Thingiverse, call up the print server from your computer, and use the simple interface to print the design you selected.  To get starting using one of the two M3D printers in the Maker-E read the self-guided tutorial.

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October 3rd, 2016

Printed Circuit Board Mill

A printed circuit board mill will take files from PCB design software and create a custom board you can put components on, solder, and create a new electronic device.  We have an LPKF S100 Protomat that is very powerful and flexible and can be used to create precise circuits.  This piece of equipment is for more advanced users and if you wish to learn how to use it to create printed circuit boards you’ll need to create a Firefly board by completing the training to earn your certification.  The materials you need are in the Google Drive folder linked below. […]

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