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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History of the PmodLS1

As you learned from James’ post, Digilent offers 63 Pmods! Each of those products has its own story of its conception and evolution. One of those products that had a very interesting beginning is the PmodLS1.

A few weeks ago while chatting with James (another intern) and Gene (our co-founder) we were discussing how the company began and how the board design process works. In this discussion we discovered that the Pmod LS1 has a beginning in education at Washington State University.

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A New Intern’s Experience Getting Started with chipKIT and Learn.Digilentinc!

Howdy! I’m the latest addition to the Digilent family, and I’m happy to make your acquaintance! As the newest member, my first task was to act as a guinea pig to test out our new Learn.Digilentinc webpage. After all, I was new to chipKIT, but I’m no fresh-faced newb (well… not much of a newb), I know my way around a microcontroller and this is hardly my first time blinking an LED, but I’m not a hardcore programmer or electrical engineer either, which was exactly what the Learn.Digilentinc website was created for. So I was asked to go through Digilent’s Learn site to familiarize myself with their hardware, and provide a little outside perspective on the tutorials. The following is a review of my experience with our Learn site, tutorials, and what sort of difficulties folks new to microcontrollers might have while learning the ropes on our hardware.

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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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Fritzing and Digilent

At Digilent, we use Fritzing to present educational concepts. A lot of our Learn projects feature Fritzing. A number of our parts (with more being added regularly) are in Fritzing Projects (search for Digilent) and in the user-created parts repository. From designing circuits to demonstrating new concepts, we use Fritzing for showing people what we’re working on. We also use some Fritzing graphics in our inventories for our Learn projects. (The one shown below is from a project about debouncing circuits with libraries.)

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