EARS hosts two large annual events, ScraphEEp and a Summer BBQ & Radio event.
Summer BBQ 2015
This year EARS hosted a BBQ for the EARS and the EE Department to celebrate the end of the year. To keep an engineering twist on the event we deided to add water rockets to the mix. The day was a great success with excellent weather with students and staff building and launching some excellent rockets. You can see more pictures of the event here.
This year ScraphEEp maintained the theme of combining lecturers expertise with student inginuity to construct vehicles from scrap. This challenge this time, to transport paper clips across a ravine with a contraption suspended on cables hung above. This led to a wide variety of designs and varying levels of success.
Summer Groundstation 2014
The summer event for 2014 involved a temporary satellite ground station with a BBQ rather than the moonbounce, due to the moon being in the wrong place. The ground station was designed to receive signals being transmitted from passing satellites by tracking them across the sky. The event was a great success, everyone enjoyed the BBQ and we even got signals from some of the satellites despite some technical glitches during the day.
Scrapheep 2014 followed on from the success of ScraphEEp 2013
(see details below) and brought a whole new challenge for contestants.
Teams were tasked with building a robot which could navigate a complex course, constructed from an Arduino, a motor control shield, some photodiodes and, of course, a
pile of scrap!
The expectation was that teams would build a line
following robot, however many different approaches were attempted - with
varying degrees of success!
You can watch some videos of the event here: YouTube Playlist
To celebrate the end of the EE summer exams, EARS conducted a
moonbounce on PATS field. This involves transmitting a UHF signal
towards the moon, and recieveing the refection that bounces back off the
surface. We succeeded in recieveing a signal transmitted from a station in Andover, via the moon. It was a very enjoyable event
with lots of interest from EARS members, students and staff of the
electronic engineering department, and the general public. Full details
can be found
in this article on the UKSEDS website.
hoping to repeat this event in the near future as well, and hopefully
this time we will be able to transmit the signal as well as recieve it!
ScraphEEp 2013 was an event run by EARS, in association
with the Electronic Engineering department and the IET. It was
conducted in the same fashion as the popular TV show Scrapheap
Challenge, and involved teams of 4-5 students and staff building a robot
to navigate a bouncy ball past a polystyrene wall to a target. All from
a pile of assorted scrap components! It was great fun for all involved
with many varied attempts to get past the wall, including a
robot with a heating element ripped from a toaster and a robot with a spinning disk on the front!