The Directors in the Vice President for Administration met with Glen Archer, Principal Lecturer and Associate Chair, Electrical and Computer Engineering and Faculty Advisor, Blue Marble Security Enterprise, who led them through a heart rate monitor lab. The purpose of the lab was to introduce basic electrical engineering components and concepts, as well as function as a team building exercise. The group explored the basics of using a soldering iron to finish assembling a pre-designed circuit board. The participants plugged their amp into an adapter to finalize the board and confirm that all of the previous steps had been accomplished correctly, at the risk of damaging their adapter if they were not successful. After taking the final steps, and with the addition of a 9V battery at the end of the lab, each participant had a fully assembled heart-shaped circuit board with mounted LEDs that blink at their heart rate. If the circuit board assembly was unsuccessful and the LEDs did not blink at their heart rate, participants were given “debugging” tips to attempt to correct any mistaken steps.
The lab was successful and the Directors learned a great deal from Glen Archer and thank him for his time and energy with this lab.