Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

XBee Technology Kit

The X-Bee technology kit was devised to allow makers ways to quickly bootstrap themselves on using Zigbee technologies.  This kit provides makers with a bit of background information, an easy to follow tutorial, and all of the physical equipment necessary to implement the tutorial so that by the time the maker finishes going through the kit, they have a base knowledge of how wireless mesh network Zigbee works and how it is implemented. This technology kit enables users to dabble in the world of XBee radios. XBee RF communication is a widely used technology that builds off of the Zigbee protocol. It is […]

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Saturday, November 21st, 2015

Maker-E Training Certifications

Overview The Maker-E provides a space for students of any major to come and exercise their creative talents with resources that are not found anywhere else within the college. While it may be easy for anyone to get access to the makerspace and use the computers or study spaces, we do not want just anyone being able to operate all of the equipment contained within the space. These machines are expensive, sensitive, and in some cases can be very dangerous if used incorrectly. Therefore, with the opening of the Maker-E came the need for the development of a certification process […]

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Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

Firefly PCB

Overview In 2014, the ECE department borrowed the idea of using a Firefly board as an interactive soldering activity to expose freshmen engineers to the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Bucknell. Firefly boards are designed to sync with other nearby Fireflies and blink in a rhythmic pattern, or to simply blink on their own when no other boards are nearby. With the creation of the Maker-E at the beginning of the 2015 school year, the purpose of the Firefly boards was altered to better fit the needs of the department. As with the other Makerspaces on campus, it became […]

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