US Science and Engineering Festival in DC 4/26-4/27

USA Science & Engineering Festival – Join Unallocated Space

The 3rd USA Science & Engineering Festival, the largest science festival in the US, features nationwide contests and school programs, including our popular ‘Nifty Fifty’ science speaker program – presented by InfoComm International. The Festival culminates in a Grand Finale Expo on April 26-27, 2014, with the US News STEM Solutions Conference on April 23-25, and Sneak Peek Friday – presented by the Department of Defense – on April 25. New this year: X-STEM – presented by Northrop Grumman Foundation and MedImmune – an Extreme STEM Symposium for students on April 24.

Date & Time: Saturday, April 26th and Sunday, April 27, 2014 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM Each Day

Location:

Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mount Vernon Pl Nw
Washington, DC

Don’t forget to visit Unallocated Space! We will be more then happy to tell you about the exciting things we do! The Unallocated Space will have a variety of friendly demonstrations and FREE projects for all ages!

The Expo will take place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mount Vernon Place (between 9th and 7th Streets NW on L Street NW)

We strongly suggest to use public transportation: The Green and Yellow line Mt. Vernon Square/7th St Convention Center Metro Stop exits into the Convention Center.

USA Science & Engineering Festival

http://www.usasciencefestival.org/

USA Science & Engineering Festival – Join Unallocated Space (4/26)

http://www.meetup.com/Unallocated-Space/events/17367321

USA Science & Engineering Festival – Join Unallocated Space (4/27)

http://www.meetup.com/Unallocated-Space/events/173673352/

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FPGA Night (15 April, 7-10PM)

We will be creating a push button project from scratch. The idea is that pressing a button connected to the FPGA will turn on a series of LEDs. We will then make the design synchronous by creating a slow clock out of a counter. We will also be creating a test bench file for the combinatorial logic (push button, light immediately comes on).

It is not too late to join the class! Please E-Mail fpga@unallocatedspace.org if you would like to join.

The slides for the upcoming and previous classes can be found here. The slides are generally made the weekend before class.

Agenda:
1. Overview of last class
2. Creating a new VHDL project
3. Creating a new VHDL module
4. Make a push button demo
5. Create a test bench for the push button demo
6. Simulate the test bench
7. Create UCF for push button demo
8. Change demo code to use two buttons
9. Create delay logic using a counter
10. Synchronize push button demo
11. Questions/Comments/Concerns

**IMPORTANT** You *MUST* have ISE (not Vivado!) installed prior to the start of class!!! ISE can take upwards of 30 minutes to an hour to install. We will not have time to wait for ISE to be installed. Please go here and download the ISE Design Suite package for your operating system. If you have licensing or installation issues, please contact fpga@unallocatedspace.org

Required Items:
1. FPGA development board with Spartan 3 or Spartan 6
2. USB cable for programming
3. JTAG programmer if your board does not have USB
4. Laptop **with ISE installed** and either wired or wireless network connectivity
5. Breadboard and jumpers (please E-Mail fpga@unallocatedspace.org if you don’t have one or both of these so the instructor can make sure to bring enough extras)

Provided Items:
1. Push buttons
2. Resistors (2K Ohm)

We have been given ‘academic’ status from Digilent Inc (http://www.digilentinc.com). This means that the instructor can (sometimes) purchase boards from Digilent at the academic price. This discount will only apply to people who are attending the class regularly and is on a case-by-case basis from Digilent.

Since Unallocated Space runs off of donations, we would like to mention that the recommended donation for this class is $5. It is by no means a requirement! Attendance to the space, and this class, is 100% free to all!

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FPGA Night (8 April, 7-10PM)

This will be the second session of the new class. If you want in, it’s not too late! Please E-Mail fpga@unallocatedspace.org to let the instructor know you want to join.

We will be covering:
1. Launching ISE
2. Building example blinky light project
3. Launching Impact, Mojo Loader, and Adept for bit file uploading
4. Uploading the bit file to the FPGA
5. Tweaking the blinky light design
6. Simulating the blinky light design
7. UCF files (pin declarations)
8. Viewing schematic (both RTL and technology)
9. Left over time will be for questions and messing with the demo design

**IMPORTANT** You *MUST* have ISE (not Vivado!) installed prior to the start of class!!! ISE can take upwards of 30 minutes to an hour to install. We will not have time to wait for ISE to be installed. Please go to http://www.xilinx.com/support/download/index.html/content/xilinx/en/downloadNav/design-tools.html and download the ISE Design Suite package for your operating system. If you have licensing or installation issues, please contact fpga@unallocatedspace.org

Required Items:
1. FPGA development board with Spartan 3 or Spartan 6
2. USB cable for programming
3. JTAG programmer if your board does not have USB
4. Laptop **with ISE installed** and either wired or wireless network connectivity

We have been given ‘academic’ status from Digilent Inc (http://www.digilentinc.com). This means that the instructor can (sometimes) purchase boards from Digilent at the academic price. This discount will only apply to people who are attending the class regularly and is on a case-by-case basis from Digilent.

Since Unallocated Space runs off of donations, we would like to mention that the recommended donation for this class is $5. It is by no means a requirement! Attendance to the space, and this class, is 100% free to all!

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What’s going on in April

We have a awesome amount of events coming up this Month….

Events purely for Fun:

Outreach Events:

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FPGA Class Starting Over – 1 April (7-10PM)

This will be the first session of the new class!

Very Important: Please go to http://www.xilinx.com/support/download/index.html/content/xilinx/en/downloadNav/design-tools.html and download ISE for your operating system!!!! Unallocated Space does not have the Internet bandwidth to support downloading the 6GB install file!

The class slides are here.

We will be covering:

1. Introductions
2. What are FPGAs
3. How are FPGAs structured
4. Quick intro to ISE
5. Blinky light demo

If you would like to attend, but do not have a Xilinx development board, please E-Mail fpga@unallocatedspace.org. I have 1 Mojo ($30), 1 Basys2 ($50), and 1 Nexys3 ($120) currently spare.

Required Items:
1. Laptop with Xilinx ISE installed. Please ensure you already have the ISE installed!! We will not have time to wait for the install process to complete (it usually takes 15-30 minutes). Check out http://www.xilinx.com/support/download/index.html/content/xilinx/en/downloadNav/design-tools.html and download the ISE Design Suite for your OS.
2. Some Xilinx Spartan 6 or greater FPGA development board (must be Xilinx!!). We prefer the Mojo or Digilent Nexys3.
3. USB cable for your FPGA dev board.

We have been given ‘academic’ status from Digilent Inc (http://www.digilentinc.com). This means that the instructor can (sometimes) purchase boards from Digilent at the academic price. This discount will only apply to people who are attending the class regularly and is on a case-by-case basis from Digilent.

Since the space runs off of donations, we would like to mention that the recommended donation for this class is $5. It is by no means a requirement! Attendance to the space, and this class, is 100% free to all!

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FPGA Night (11 March, 7-10PM)

If you are interested in joining the class, check out the new class announcement!

Due to technical issues, we still need to work on getting push and pop converted over to using the SRAM. After finishing push and pop, the class will be open to questions and discussions.

Please bring a breadboard and jumpers so that you can hook up the external memory chip. If you cannot bring those items, please contact fpga@unallocatedspace.org (or the instructor directly) to ensure enough supplies are brought with the instructor.

Required Items:
1. Laptop with Xilinx ISE installed. Please ensure you already have the ISE installed!! We will not have time to wait for the install process to complete (it usually takes 15-30 minutes). Check out http://www.xilinx.com/support/download/index.html/content/xilinx/en/downloadNav/design-tools.html and download the ISE Design Suite for your OS.
2. Some Xilinx Spartan 6 or greater FPGA development board (must be Xilinx!!). We prefer the Mojo or Digilent Nexys3.
3. USB cable for your FPGA dev board.
4. Breadboard (any size is fine)
5. Jumpers
6. LEDs (there are loads at the space if needed)

We are to a point in the class where anyone wishing to join will need to E-Mail fpga@unallocatedspace.org. The reason being that we will need to verify that you know VHDL well, and have a development board already.

Because of the cost of FPGA dev boards, we will not have extras. If you have questions about what board to get, please E-Mail fpga@unallocatedspace.org.

We have recently been given ‘academic’ status from Digilent Inc (http://www.digilentinc.com). This means that the instructor can purchase boards from Digilent at the academic price. This discount will only apply to people who are attending the class regularly!

Since the space runs off of donations, we would like to mention that the recommended donation for this class is $5. It is by no means a requirement! Attendance to the space, and this class, is 100% free to all!

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HAM Radio Night 3/7/14

It’s time to start planning for Field Day in June. Come out for our first planning meeting for Field Day. Some of the other topics/Projects we’ll be discussing will be:

Ham Shack Operating Procedures
Upcoming Events
Trailer Upgrade Project
Wireless Mesh Project

Field Day:
Planning for Classes/Demonstrations, etc This is a perfect way for other members to help out even if your not interested in Ham, Come out and promote UAS!

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FPGA Night (4 March, 7-10PM)

We will finish integrating SRAM into our CPU.

Please bring a breadboard and jumpers so that you can hook up the external memory chip. If you cannot bring those items, please contact fpga@unallocatedspace.org (or the instructor directly) to ensure enough supplies are brought with the instructor.

Required Items:
1. Laptop with Xilinx ISE installed. Please ensure you already have the ISE installed!! We will not have time to wait for the install process to complete (it usually takes 15-30 minutes). Check out http://www.xilinx.com/support/download/index.html/content/xilinx/en/downloadNav/design-tools.html and download the ISE Design Suite for your OS.
2. Some Xilinx Spartan 6 or greater FPGA development board (must be Xilinx!!). We prefer the Mojo or Digilent Nexys3.
3. USB cable for your FPGA dev board.
4. Breadboard (any size is fine)
5. Jumpers
6. LEDs (there are loads at the space if needed)

We are to a point in the class where anyone wishing to join will need to E-Mail fpga@unallocatedspace.org. The reason being that we will need to verify that you know VHDL well, and have a development board already.

Because of the cost of FPGA dev boards, we will not have extras. If you have questions about what board to get, please E-Mail fpga@unallocatedspace.org.

We have recently been given ‘academic’ status from Digilent Inc (http://www.digilentinc.com). This means that the instructor can purchase boards from Digilent at the academic price. This discount will only apply to people who are attending the class regularly!

Since the space runs off of donations, we would like to mention that the recommended donation for this class is $5. It is by no means a requirement! Attendance to the space, and this class, is 100% free to all!

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Minicon March 1st

Please check out our Minicon page for the most up-to-date information. This months talks:

The new UAS Website – R00ster 5:20p-6:25p
Andy Kaufman: or How I learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Troll. – Gomi 6:30p-7p
How to get started in consulting – Stacey 7:05p-7:30p
State of Unallocated Space – Forgotten 7:35p-8:45p

Sadly talks will not be recorded this month, but some slides will be online as soon as possible.

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Arduino Night (Friday, 2/28 @ 1900-2200)

A night for beginners. A night for those with experience who aren’t sure where to direct all their micro-controller skills.

Please come with open minds and fresh ideas.

We have several ideas for projects; would like to discus them and how Arduino night can be shaped to benefit everyone.

Projects to be discussed:

March Build Night
8x8x8 LED Cube for CCDC
Arduino night Team Project

And as always may the warmth from blinking LEDs warm you during these colder months of the year.

Please remember our space is run on donations and we would greatly appreciate your help to keep the fun time going by giving what you can.

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