Shipping 1, Claw game 0…did the Basys 3 Survive?


As you may have heard, the Basys 3 has completed it’s transition from beginning engineering student’s friend, to childhood nightmare. Thanks to it’s nearly perfect amount of Pmod ports, small size, and hefty FPGA interior, it was chosen to be the brain for The Claw Game.

The Basys 3!

The Basys 3!

After showing the potential we all knew the Basys 3 had, it was time for the claw game to have it’s grand debut. The title up for grabs was a headlining spot at ECEDHA, where top department heads could see the Basys 3 running the state machine in all of it’s devious glory. But first it had to face it’s greatest opponent yet; Shipping.

It’s trainers Mark and Evan gave it everything it needed to succeed. A perfectly fit box, a outfit of cushy packaging, and a label detailing; exactly where it needed to go to fight.

The Basys 3 was tucked away in a Digilent green box with it’s companions, the PmodSTEP triplets and the PmodJSTK. On that fateful Monday morning it stepped on to it’s ring, the shipping truck.

The next thing we knew we saw the box at our booth at ECEDHA, looking weathered but still alive… or so we thought. As it would turn out, it’s opponent shipping was much more than the Claw Game could handle; it had arrived in pieces.


The Claw Machine, or what was left of it.

Despite the wreckage of acrylic and PLA, the little green box, and the Basys 3 gave us hope. With lots of packing tape, hot glue and silently uttered pleas, the Claw Game was resurrected…

And the Basys 3 lived on! In the end it was decided to be a draw between Shipping and the Claw Game… so stay tuned for round two when the Basy-brained bully takes on transportation to our next trade show…ASEE!

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When I started school I wasn’t interested in any of things I’m passionate about now. In fact originally I started out wanting to study art. But then I decided I didn’t want to have people telling me what to create, so I changed to music. Then I decided I didn’t want to ruin a hobby by making it my career. At the same time my Physics class was teaching a unit on the physics of music, and I thought that was way interesting, so I changed to physics. Then by the time physics was over I decided that the coolest part of physics was electricity and magnetism, and I may as well get a degree that transfers directly into a career. So while all this was happening, I was attending Shoreline Community College, and during that time I found my passion, or rather presented itself repeatedly, until I realized, maybe I should take a hint from the universe. While at community college, I was asked to help at the high school by tutoring chemistry students. Then I was asked to help at the elementary school by being a math Olympiad coach. I continued both because I found I really enjoyed it. I also had an opportunity, and was hired to be a tutor in the Math Learning Center at the Community College, a job I really loved. At the same time I was working as a Nanny, which I had been doing for several years, the main reason because I could and would answer the hard questions the kids asked honestly (i.e. why is the sky blue). I then was recommended by the patrons of the MLC to the transfer tutoring center (private tutoring,) and developed a wait list of students. Through all these opportunities at some point I realized that I loved watching people go from totally lost, to masters of a subject. I was also forced to admit that having all these opportunities continually renewed, I must have been somewhat good at it. So I decided I wanted to teach, which fits with my mission oriented personality. I saw a serious lack of passionate ECE professors in the institutions I attended. At WSU I continued this trend by being ask to TA for computer science and electrical engineering, being a TA for a total of 4 semesters. This continued by getting an amazing opportunity in my first semester at Washington State University to work at Digilent, an educational company. So even if I didn’t want to teach, turns out I can’t avoid it. Luckily it is my main passion.

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