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Innovation House Takes a Big Bite out of Orlando Makerfaire









Stetson was well represented at the 3rd year of the Orlando Makerfaire at the Orlando Science Center by a booth organized through Innovation House.

Our team of students, staff, and faculty for this year consisted of: Christian Micklisch, Dan Nunez, Vanna Blasczak, Nathan Hilliard, Katie Porterfield, Dun Burrhus, Dan Lane, Harry Price, Michael Branton, and Bill Ball.

It’s never too early to start working on projects to bring next year!



























Innovation House Party (and Prize Award Event)

Next Tuesday’s Stetson Showcase provides an opportunity to announce the winners of the first round of the Innovation House prize and hold a brief party for ourselves. So I am inviting all members, their guests, and anyone else who can find the place to come by at 4 pm on Tuesday, April 15.

We will announce and recognize the winners of the prize.

We will have treats. Please participate in the following poll to select the menu:

I’m not trying to bias the results but if we pick the first menu, there may be dry ice to play with after the frozen food’s gone.

Lastly, we will have a new toy to play, with namely this one:









So if you ever wanted to create 3D models freehand, or just stick stuff together with melted plastic, this is your chance.

Vote in the poll and try to let me know if you are coming ( so I know how much stuff to bring.

Stetson wins Sparkfun dubstep props

“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.

The circus comes to Stetson

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:

BTW: he had just learned what a planetary gear set is 30 seconds before air time.

Shop Tools and Shop Safety Workshop

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 at Orlando Mini Maker Faire 2013

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.

Innovation Class visits Innovation House

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.

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:









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