EARS carries out a large variety of activities thoughout the year, from regular electronics sessions, to large one-off events, details of some of which are below. All events will be posted on the
EARS facebook page, and email reminders will be sent to our members.
Electronics sessions are regular opportunities for memebers to meet up and learn about electronics, work on individual and group projects, or just have a chat! No equipment or experience is necessary, but some of either is a plus!
Scrapheep 2014 followed on from ScraphEEp 2013 (see details below) and brought a whole new challenge for contestants. Teams were asked to build a robot which could navigate a complex course from an arduino, a motor 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!
We hope to make this an annual event, so watch this space for details of ScraphEEp 2015!
Videos of the event can be found on our youtube page.
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!
For the last day of term 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 groundstation 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.
We're 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!