The Student Projects and Research Committee (SPARC) is a student lead organization at Auburn University that creates and fosters an environment of creativity and innovation through collaborative projects. No matter their major, students should only need a willingness to learn and grow to participate in an experience that will allow them to test out ideas, integrate concepts learned in class, and learn skills that will be instrumental when working in the workforce. SPARC each semester selects a few projects to work on and dedicates the space and tools of the “makerspace” style SPARC lab to develop those projects.
SPARC has two non-mandatory meetings a week this semester (Spring 2018). On Tuesdays from 5:30-6:30pm in Broun 235, we hold Maker Training Sessions in which focus on training both new members and existing members on useful skills and topics like 3D printing, CAD, electrical prototyping, and robotics programming. On Wednesdays from 6-7pm in Broun 235, SPARC holds Open Forum meetings in which project leads present updates on their projects and a student in the organization hosts a discussion on a particular topic about technology, engineering, or a maker skill.
Becoming a member of SPARC is really easy since membership is free. All you have to do is log 5 constructive hours in the lab in order to familiarize yourself with the organization. After that, you will be given 24-7 code access to the lab Broun 367. If you would like more information or are interested in joining please email us at: email@example.com.
In our lab we have a Lulzbot Taz 3 3D printer that is open to any member of SPARC. By joining SPARC you get the opportunity to learn how to operate a 3D printer. You can provide your own filament as long as it is compatible with the printer or use some of SPARC's filament. Below is a live stream:
In our lab we also have an extensive collection of electronics parts. These include everything from discrete components such as resistors and capacitors to more advanced components such as motor controllers and sensors. These parts are free to any SPARC member to use for their projects.
We have a full set up solder station with a soldering iron and all the tools and materials needed for electronics work. Those include safety glasses, solder, flux, wire, tape, heatshrink, probes, pliars, wire strippers, etc.
We have a large set of tools that can be used for any of the projects. These tools include all of the basics such as screwdrivers, wrenches, pliars, clamps, saws, a drill, Dremel, and much more. If we do not have a tool that you would need for a project we can purchase a new one. The advantage of SPARC is that it provides the tools that students would not have in their dorm or apartment.
We are glad to accept sponsorship and suggestions for our projects. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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