Engineering a Love for Science on Earth Day

Happy Earth Day! The Center for Improved Engineering and Science Education (CIESE) is celebrating Earth Day by promoting their collaborative project that they’ve been working on for the last five years. Instead of simply using the internet for information retrieval as a tool for teaching children about the world around them, the CIESE’s program encourages students to get out into their communities and study their local environments and then share that with the other program participants across the globe. The children involved are excited about the opportunity to do real science like their heroes and to share and learn with the rest of the world.

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Plasma Arc Speakers

In science fiction, plasma-based technology is often included because it is perceived as futuristic and exotic. Referring to plasma as exotic is understandable, but the technology behind its creation is less so. Since the invention of electric circuits, it has been possible to easily create and control plasma using high voltages. It is pretty common knowledge that high voltages ionize the air producing plasma arcs. What is not-so-common knowledge is the fact that these arcs of plasma can be used to play music.

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Women’s History Month Is Here!

It’s March, which means many things — St. Patrick’s Day, March Madness, the Ides of March — but I’m especially excited about it being Women’s History Month! Over the course of this month, we’ll celebrate the lives of those influential women whose work has brought led to innovation within STEM fields. In addition to the series I did last year, we’ll have a bunch of new content for you, too!

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Throwback Thursday: Digilent’s Old Location

Digilent hasn’t always been located at 1300 NE Henley Court! Looking back at its old locations is so fun — getting to see where we were and how we’ve grown. Today, we’d like to show you one of our former locations, the one right before our current building. This was Digilent’s fourth location. Norm snapped these pictures on a Friday night in 2006, just after we had re-organized the main floor. This was the “combine” building — it sits above what is now one of Pullman’s fine dining establishments, Black Cypress.

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Guest Tutorial for IntoRobotics!

Howdy! It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything new to my For Cheap Robots series, but that doesn’t mean I’ve been idle, far from it actually! I’ve recently been offered the chance to write a guest article for another robotics blog called IntoRobotics! I’d like to show all of you how to use the For Cheap Robots tutorial to make a simple, line-following robot of your very own.

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Sparkle Labs Discover Electronics Kit Review

While Digilent has just recently launched the new Learn Site that is dedicated to teaching beginners, students, and hobbyists alike, it is always good form to share a great find, and the Discover Electronics Kit from Sparkle Labs qualifies! If you’ve had even the slightest interest in getting your feet wet in the world of electronics, but struggle to find a good starting point, look no further; this kit is designed specifically for beginners. The Discover Electronics Kit contains all of the basic components and information needed to get those feet submerged in the proverbial ocean of electronics.

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