TACNY Junior Cafe Scientifique: “Exploring The World Of Electronics – Learn How To Design, Code, Create, And Program Computers And Microcontrollers”

Saturday – January 16, 9:30-11:00am

Milton J Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology – Syracuse, NY


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Talk Overview

Almost everywhere you look in today’s world, you will find electronic devices powering and controlling the world. Everything from stoplights to rockets are made possible by computers and their companion software. Have you ever wondered how any of these devices work? Did you know that you can make many of these devices and systems in your own home for only a few dollars? In this talk, Alex will take you through some of the fundamental principals of electronics development, coding, and the creation of physical electronic devices. By the end of the talk, you’ll have a better understanding of the devices and concepts that run everything from global transportation to finance, as well as the knowledge of how to get started making these devices yourself on a microprocessor that has 372 times more processing power than the computers on the Apollo 11 mission but still costs only a few dollars. Alex will also talk about how his knowledge of electronics led him to be one of the two grand prize winners at the Central New York Science and Engineering Fair and how he won a fourth place award in his division at the International Science and Engineering Fair.

Speaker

Alexander Wulff, a Junior at Skaneateles High School

Biography

2016jan12_17809291_mmmainElectronics and software have been some of Alex Wulff’s passions for many years. After injuring his leg playing soccer the summer of his freshman year of high school, Alex began to experiment with the creation of electronics on the Arduino platform, as he was immobile during his recovery. With this new knowledge Alex has created everything from interactive door locks to wearable assistive devices for the blind, which won the grand prize at our local science fair, sponsored by the MOST, and a fourth place award at the International Science and Engineering Fair. Alex also owns, operates, and maintains multiple websites as well as over 10 mobile apps on the iOS App Store.

About TACNY Junior Cafe Scientifique

TACNY Junior Cafe Scientifique, a program for middle-school students founded in 2005, features discussions between scientists and students about topics in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in an informal atmosphere and seeks to encourage students to consider careers in these areas. Students must be accompanied by an adult and can explore the MOST at no cost after the event.

Technology Alliance of Central New York

Founded in 1903 as the Technology Club of Syracuse, the nonprofit Technology Alliance of Central New York’s mission is to facilitate community awareness, appreciation, and education of technology; and to collaborate with like-minded organizations across Central New York.

For more information about TACNY, visit www.tacny.org.

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