Tinkering is the first step in the experiential learning continuum. Students pursue self-led, hands-on practice as a precursor to being involved in more significant activities.
Completing tinkering projects is a great way to build a foundation for future engineering endeavors.
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The Design Studio comprises a Reverse Engineering lab and the Innovation Annex. The studio consists of a variety of tools, measurement devices and materials to support tinkering via product teardown, ideation and modification. Concepts can be implemented through the complementary tinkering spaces.
A great way to start tinkering is with a reverse engineering project. Come to the Design Studio, work with your peers to teardown a product, and gain a better understanding of how engineering brings together innovative thinking and analysis to solve problems.
Reverse engineering will help you to build some fundamental engineering skills and inspire you to create – evolving the product to improve some aspect (e.g., change a component to improve performance or reduce cost) or radical modification (e.g., integrate a Raspberry Pi to make an Internet of Things device).
We also suggest that you review the Reverse Engineering Getting Started Guide. To build the additional skills you and your team will need, consider the tinkering resources below.
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111 Jarvis Hall | Extended Hours: Monday-Friday from 4:00 pm - 10:30 pm and Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm
The SEAS Engineering Machine Shop is a great place to get started with Tinkering and the Experiential Learning Program Continuum. You will be using the Machine Shop throughout your four years at UB, so there is no better time to get accustomed to it than right now!
In general, the SEAS Engineering Machine Shop supports experimental research, student clubs and course requirements. Highly skilled staff provide technical support for faculty, staff and students.
However, before you can enter the machine shop, you must complete and pass the safety certification. More information regarding this orientation/certification can be found here.
There are numerous books and websites to help you get started coding with the languages below. We've linked to getting started resources…but do some research to find others to advance understanding.
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Soldering 102 with UB IEEE
Welding 101 with UB ASCE