“That was some of the coolest dubstep innovations that we’ve seen on tour. Seriously.”
– Lindsay Craig, SparkFun Electronics
We had a great day with the Sparkfun National Tour workshop. It started with TV coverage, music, and cheer leading, which we are pretending was for us. Then a full day workshop with the Sparkfun Inventor’s Kit led by Linz, Angela, and Will. A small gallery of pictures follow.
The Inventor’s kits are available for use anytime in Innovation House. Arrangements will be made to have a few available for check out at the Library.
Sparkfun travels with presence
This much school spirit is unusual for a maker geek event
Ryan and Katie educate the media
Linz explains how their open source board is like that other open source board
It must have been a fascinating point
Gotta start with blinky lights
Getting going with the kits
Can you make bread with it?
Be sure to use all the jumper wires, which one is ground again?
Yesterday one of the Orlando TV stations did their morning broadcast from Stetson. They did short segment on Innovation House. Well, sort of, since they misidentified it as the “Invention Club”, managed to misspell the word “college”, and misidentified one of our visiting instructors from Sparkfun as a Stetson student. They also skipped the PDLork demo from Digital Arts entirely. I knew we would be in trouble when the reported asked for a current invention and didn’t know what a fitness tracker was. At any rate, the clip is here:
The Stetson ACM chapter is hosting the following workshop on the evening of October 21st. Not only will it give you the chance to learn how to use the basic tools in Innovation House, it will certify you on safety so that you will be able to use them whenever you like.
Innovation House organized the Stetson booth at Orlando Maker Faire 2013. Here is a gallery of pictures from the event. Once the faire got going, the Stetson booth was slammed with visitors until the doors closed. In addition to Innovation House members Ryan Howard, Michael Branton, and myself, Stetson was represented by Don Burrhus, Alicia Schultheis, Mandy Camp, Anja Erwin, Jack Fields, Karen Cole, and Grady Ballenger. The enigmatic Chris Gillespie failed to show, although he/she may have been in the stormtrooper uniform.
Dr. John Tichenor brought his first seminar titled “Life at the Intersection: Examining the Collision of Ideas, Innovations, and Culture” over to tour the facility and talk about the role of makerspaces in fueling innovation.
This is the course description for his seminar:
“What do termites and architecture have in common? Music records and airlines? And what does any of this have to do with healthcare, card games or cooking?” In this course, we will examine these questions and many more as we study and discuss how ideas and innovations come together in often-explosive ways. We will use a study of the Medici Effect and other works to challenge ourselves to see beyond our own current expertise and to actively approach new situations, including the first year in college, in creative and game-changing ways.
Dr. John Tichenor is Associate Professor in the Decision and Information Science department in the School of Business Administration.
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 email@example.com.
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:
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
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.
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 BarCampDeland.com
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org this week.
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 email@example.com 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.