Makerspaces are open community labs where members with common interests (e.g., engineering, computer programming, inventing, graphic design, etc.) gather to share resources, knowledge, career networking and build new devices. Generally, makerspaces are designed to meet the following needs:
- Provide access to a wide variety of tools and technology;
- Facilitate group interaction, knowledge, and resource sharing;
- Supply access to physical space for individual project development;
- Provide an open environment for expression of creativity and innovation;
- Access to equipment for prototyping project ideas for companies.
The "MAKE Project" is the new home base for what was originally called “The BattleBots Project” in 2001. To this day students become masters of engineering technologies, serve as mentors, and pursue a wide variety of science and engineering projects and competitions. Seamlessly and without fanfare, even our past students (some now Professional Engineers) continue to help. The project was renamed to Robot and Design Decathlon (RADD) in 2006 to support a larger range of engineering challenges. In 2010, our project was once again renamed, this time to "MAKE," based on Make Magazine.
Photo of E2V2 used in Engadget
Engadget, a popular online magazine, uses a photo shot of our 2006 National Champion BattleBot “E2V2” for a rumored new show by James Cameron to be seen on Discovery. The article can be found at http://www.engadget.com/2012/04/11/james-cameron-to-create-robogeddon/
Engineering Explorations - Mechatronics is held once again Summer 2012. It is a lab-based summer program which focuses on mechanical design, such as developing CAD models, building robots, and using sensors and controllers. More information and details can be found on this website. Applications will be accepted until April 30.
The Lemelson-MIT team has successfully charged a cell phone using a bike and generated 10 volts. They are now working on a windmill which should produce similar results.
Congratulations to Martin Fronius and Aaron Weinstein for winning second place in the LED Challenge, as well as various other awards.
Congratulations to the Panasonic Team for winning second place in the Panasonic Challenge.
The Lemelson-MIT team did a field test that gave outstanding results. They achieved 1.15 volts without using a minty boost(energy enhancer). The 1.15 volts could be potentially increased up to 5-10 volts, enough to charge a cell phone. Their website with the most current information can be found at www.sites.google.com/site/bcalemelsonmit.
Happy New Year!
We hope you enjoyed the break and are looking forward to a successful year!
LED Challenge Submitted
Two students have submitted their project for the LED Challenge: an LED guitar that lights up as it plays. A video of the guitar in action can be seen on Youtube. Best of luck to the team!
Lemelson-MIT Grant Won
Ten members of our team have successfully won a grant to participate in the annual Lemelson-MIT competition. Our project is to create energy out of e-waste for third-world countries.
School Year Begins!
A new year at BCA has started! The Titanium Knights are looking forward to a great year for the 2012 team.
The engineering mechatronics section of the Summer Science project concentrates on mechanical, electronical, and computer engineering. Students used Arduino microcontroller boards to create different task-based robots, including line-tracking and light-tracking robots, as well as using ping sensors. A picture of the 2011 mechatronics team with their robots can be seen here.