Monthly Archives: September 2013

We are “Entrepreneurs” Find out Why

The past two decades have seen an explosion of entrepreneurship and much of it has occurred in the social sector. This revolution is fundamentally changing the way society organizes itself and the way we approach social issues. Stetson is looking for leaders to help in this movement. This is open to all majors on campus. Whether you are looking to start your own business, want to improve your career possibilities, or want to work for another firm, we believe we have a program that can help you in many ways. We are breaking the mold to make this possible.

We also need your help. We are looking for the founding fathers of several student-run groups to help with the speaker series, competitions, mentoring program, and any ideas from you. This is your opportunity to be on the ground floor and start something special.

Learn how to live your passion! We are holding an information session on Wednesday, Oct. 2 at 1:15 p.m.and again at 5:15 p.m. in the Lynn Business Center (LBC) 222. Pizza and drinks will be provided. All majors are invited. Come by for a short presentation that may help you find direction to your future.

The best way to predict the future is to create it.

If you need more information about this event, please contact Dr. Gary Oliphant at

The Sparkfun National Tour is coming to Stetson!

They’re not a heavy metal band from the ‘80s, but even better:  they’re a band of engineers, hackers, and educators out to “plant the seeds of inventorship” on their 50 day, 50 state tour across the US.

On Friday, October 18 they will be conducting a day-long, very hands-on workshop on the Sparkfun Inventor’s Kit (SIK) at Stetson. With the SIK you will learn how to use the Arduino microprocessor to read environmental sensors, generate music, control motors and servos, make blinky lights blink and generally create new and amazing devices.

No previous experience in electronics or programming is required. This introductory, full-day and free workshop is open to all Stetson students. After the workshop 20 of the SIKs will be available for continued use at Innovation House on the Stetson campus.

Space is limited. Apply now to take part in this workshop at:

More information about Sparkfun and their national tour at:









Electronics/robotics components available for projects

Here is a list of electronics and robotics components available for your use at Innovation House. These items should not removed from the room without permission. You’ll have to bring your own usb cables where applicable. There are some power adapters in a milk crate.

We will be receiving 20 Sparkfun inventor’s kits on Oct 18 (

Meanwhile go nuts on:

There are also a couple small breadboards, jumper wires, some computer power supplies, and of course soldering gear.

The smaller stuff is in the white plastic storage units next to the 3D printers. The bigger stuff is on the wooden shelves.

I would like to commission someone to whip up a soldering fume extractor with a PC fan, 12v wall wart, power switch, and CNC cut body, all available in the room.

BarCamp DeLand 2013 announced

After last year’s success with the inaugural BarCamp DeLand, I have been told that the free tickets for this year’s event are being snapped up (disclaimer: I am on the planning committee). Here is the official announcement:

BarCamp DeLand 2013 has been announced. It will be held Saturday, November 16th in Downtown Deland from 9:00am-5pm. Registration is from 8:30-9:30. The talks start at 9:30

Register Today!
Registering will let you print a ticket which gives you the right to a free meal, t-shirts and whatever other giveaways we might hand out at the event (1. As long as we find the sponsors to provide 2. You have to be present during the registration period and at the giveaways). Tickets are limited, so get yours today. Get Your Ticket!

What is BarCamp Deland?
BarCamp Deland is an ad-hoc unconference event centered around technology. It aims to bring people together from different backgrounds like web-design, photography, graphic design, art, music, web-development and technology for cooperative learning. It’s an intense event with discussions, demos and interaction from attendees. Anyone with something to contribute or with the desire to learn is welcome and invited to join. When you come, be prepared to share.

Participants Wanted!
Help out, give a presentation, or help sponsor! Come join the fun and support DeLand’s tech! Be sure to get all of the details: Check out the full details at

Event Schedule

8:30 am Doors open. People can sign up for talks on the whiteboard
9:30 am Talks begin
12:00 pm Lunch Break
1:00 pm Talks resume
5:00 pm Talks ends

Calling all Stetson Makers for the Orlando Mini Maker Faire

Stetson will have a featured booth at the Faire at the Orlando Science Center on October 5th. You might want to attend. Even more, we want you students/faculty/staff/alumni to join us at the booth to show off stuff you have made and to show people how to make their own. I will be bringing a collection of Arduino powered toys and we will have everything from professional knot tying to bacteria powered batteries. If you want to get involved contact Bill Ball at this week.

If you want to see the crazy cool stuff people are bringing check out

Innovation House Opens


Innovation House, Stetson’s “makerspace” is now open. Innovation House provides contemporary tools of rapid prototyping to develop and make tangible objects. The facility currently includes 3D printers, a CNC router, a vacuum forming machine, soldering stations, hand and power tools, and space to work on projects.

The first open house was 3-6pm on Wednesday, September 4th. Everyone in the Stetson community was welcome to drop by. Additional open houses will be scheduled, however individuals and small groups who would like to visit the facility at other times should contact Dr. Bill Ball at to make arrangements to do so.

A membership organization is in development to manage the operation of Innovation House. Membership will be open to all Stetson students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Members will have 24/7 access to the space and will manage its operation and support. Innovation House members will also lead Stetson’s participation in community events such as the Orlando Mini Maker Faire.

Innovation House is hosted by Stetson’s chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery and has been provided start up support from the Prince Entrepreneurship program.