This is the official page of WIT IEEE, a student branch of the IEEE at Wentworth. The IEEE is the largest association of technical professionals worldwide, and as a student branch, we are open to all students of all majors at Wentworth.
Check out our active projects to learn more about what we do, or take a look at our schedule to learn more about when we meet and what events we have coming up (all open to both members and non-members).
Interested in a workshop? Let us know!
This week, Chris and Andrew talked about motors and the technologies that make them possible, like PWM. This also allowed us to talk about the advantages and disadvantages of each technology and how they’re controlled.
This week’s workshop was on 3D printing. A number of students stopped by the space we reserved in the library for a walk-in workshop. We presented a few FDM 3D printers- these printers print in plastic filament by melting and extruding while moving in the desired shape. We discussed the techniques used to design parts for 3D printing, the different aspects of the printing process, and some of the software used in this process. We also started a few prints to walk people through the process, and discussed some of the resources on campus to allow people to 3D print their ideas.
Egg Drops are a classic challenge. We gave it our best shot a our most recent meeting, and had a lot of fun doing it! Each team of 2-3 people was given access to string, paper, recycled bags, and other recycled materials, then 20 minutes to build before the 3-story drop. We’re proud to report that every egg survived!
This week, we talked about a project Chris Thierauf worked on over the summer: digitizing spectra. We talked about what spectra are, the historical importance of this technology, and some lessons learned from this experience.
The electrical team has some schematics planned out, and now it’s time to test them before having them manufactured. Some new designs for the sensor board were discussed, and they got solenoids working!
Next week, Wentworth IEEE will be visiting Wentworth’s Computer Science Society to talk about the radio telescope project. This project aims to create a radio telescope that will be used by our physics department to track the moons of Jupiter. Their talk will discuss the technology of radio telescopes, the problem to solve, and how they’ve gone about solving it. The project gave their presentation to us for us to check out.
After the first C in 60 Minutes, we we held part 2! This interactive workshop had us work with our attendees on what project they were working on, what parts they were getting stumped on, and some more techniques of the language to make code more conscise and useful. With this talk, we completed our coverage of the absolute basics of C.
Fiber Optics are a technology that allows for faster and more reliable communication. We had the opportunity to play with and learn about this technology by lecture and then playing with some lasers! Afterwards, we cut some cables apart to see what’s inside and learn how they fail.
Often, the hardest part of learning a new programming language is knowing where to start. In this 2-part workshop, we made sure all attendees got set up with a compiler so that they could write code and keep learning on their own. We also made sure that attendees knew the basics of the language.
In part 2, we’ll be getting a little bit more advanced with the basics, and then leaving everyone with their own learning resources that they can work with.