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Are student activities important to academics?

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We believe student activities play an important role in the growth of an individual’s education. We encourage students to come down to the design center and start working on projects as freshmen to not only be book smart, but to also be to “real-world” smart. Our team activities take students from classroom reality to real life situations.

We make students well rounded by introducing them to 3 keys of education: professionalism, technical skills, and critical thinking.

Be believe professionalism is an important quality for students to learn. We want our students to become professional workers in their chosen fields. We facilitate this growth by holding students to deadlines and expecting a strong work ethic and good communication skills.

Next we introduce skills tailored to the profession the student is going into. Examples include PCB design and soldering for EEs and CAD and machine training for MEs. We also cross train students to be familiar with both the basics of both disciplines so that they may be more well-rounded.

Last, and most important, we emphasize the development of critical thinking skills. We want the students to problem solve as much as possible to fix issues as they arise. This is what we believe truly prepares our students to be engineers.

We welcome team members from any major. Our only wish is for a student to want to learn. It is amazing how a student who wants to learn can grow. There is no end in sight to their potential.

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Why do we open source?

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Our team is open to sharing, surprisingly!  Every year we release our hardware to public repositories, and our software is always available as well.

We do this because we have had a lot of help over the years and want to give back. Some of us started our programming careers with Arduino way back in high school. Ever since, the team feels that we should give back in the way the community gave to us.

We have some juicy things in our repos.  Currently we have battery management systems, telemetry systems, and soon we will be posting our designs for a two-way intercom!

Our software is written in C with MP labX and Eagle. This makes our software and hardware accessible to everyone.

Download and enjoy! 🙂

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Wow, so much to do and so little time :)

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We have about 28 days till our first competition of the year and still have a lot to do! Currently, the frame is about to go out to be painted. The electrical systems are assembled and moved to testing, and the software is in first round testing. We have a lot going on! Wooo!!!

Again, none of this would be possible without our sponsors. Thanks, CadSoft, for PCB software; thanks, Weber, for mechanical manufacturing support; thanks, Advanced Circuits, for making our great BMS boards and back plane board.

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Starting Newsletter!

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Hi Guys,

We started a weekly newsletter so our sponsors can follow our progress. Stay tuned for updates.