American Control Conference Portland Recap

Digilent recently attended the pre-conference workshop session at the American Control Conference (ACC) at the Hilton Portland & Executive Tower in Portland, Oregon. We were there to provide support for the Analog Discovery, which was being showcased in the pre-conference workshop “Ubiquitous Hands-On Learning: The Future of Engineering Education”. Workshop speakers included Bonnie Ferri, Al Ferri, and Deborah Warner. In addition to the presenters, 9 attendees were there. After discussing student involvement in engineering education, participants were able to play with various test and measurement devices.

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The 10th annual EU Digilent Design Contest: Another success in innovation

It’s been a exciting weekend here in Romania, and the 10th edition of the EU Digilent Design Contest is now in the books! What started 10 years ago as a small contest held at the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca has turned into something much bigger. Since then, we’ve sponsored contests in the USA, China, and India, and our Romanian contest now covers the entire EU!

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A First Timer’s Bay Area Maker Faire 2014

Maker Faire 2014 was my first convention of any kind and the experience exceeded any expectations I could have had. From the time I stepped on the grounds, I was enveloped in the “Maker” camaraderie that exists despite the community being comprised of different skill sets and backgrounds. Really, we are all there because we just fit in, because we are Makers.

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ASEE Pre-Conference Workshop

We are excited to announce that that we will be hosting a pre-conference workshop this year at the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) conference in Indianapolis. This workshop will be led by our Academic Initiatives Director, John Schneider, and will be held on Sunday, June 16, at the Indianapolis Convention Center. We are excited to promote our “every student, every assignment” message with this workshop entitled, “Teaching Engineering Design with Student-Owned Digital and Analog Lab Equipment”. Look for pictures of the workshop to be posted after the event!

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Come see us at Maker Faire 2014!

Today, half of the Digilent team has already left to go to Romania for our EU Design Contest, while the other half of us are getting the last minute things together to leave for Bay Area Maker Faire. From all across the world, “makers” (people who enjoy making and creating things) flock to the Bay Area to attend the Bay Area World Maker Faire, which is projected to have over 125,000 attendees! This year, we are sharing a booth with our supplier-partner, Microchip Technologies, and have quite the line-up for anyone who comes by.

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Two Events Half Way Around the Globe: May 16-18th

Half of the team is headed to Digilent Romania for the 10-year Anniversary Design Contest, while the other half of is gearing up to go to Bay Area Maker Faire!
If you are near either Romania or in the USA, Bay Area, we would love to have you stop by and say hello! Stay tuned on our Twitter and Facebook feeds to see the events as they happen.

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EELive Recap

Digilent’s first foray into EELive was a successful one, thanks to a great message that we believe in: making technology more accessible to the public and encouraging students, professional engineers, educators, and makers to become more involved in the engineering process. Alex, our representative at EELive, was excited about the success of his trip and said that both we and one of our partners, Microchip Technology, did some great demos. Microchip’s demo used their kit to measure the blood pressure, oxygen levels, and pulse automatically. Technology is all around us and can be adapted in new ways, and we are looking forward to next year and all the new ideas to come! Contributed by Caitlin. *Sorry for the blurry photos. Pictures were taken on a phone. To see more pictures follow @DigilentInc and @alexwonglik on Twitter!

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Seattle Area? Come attend our workshop!!

Digilent has been on the road quite a bit the past two years and although we had great reviews on conferences, we got a few requests to have workshops. After all, there is only so much you can learn from a speech or booth demonstration; hearing about a product isn’t as effective as getting to handle it yourself. Most of all, since we are big believers in hands-on-education for students… it only makes sense that we found a way to make hands-on-education for educators!

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Napa Valley Bound for ECEDHA 2014 !

For those of you that follow the Electrical Engineering Education world, you may know that ECEDHA is only a few days away! ECEDHA or Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Heads Association is a yearly conference that focuses on University’s pressing engineering education challenges. This year it is held in Napa Valley, and is hosted by Berkeley, Santa Clara and Stanford University, and we have quite the line up planned!

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