The Rose Makery has an electronics workbench stocked with thousands of passive components like resistors, capacitors, and diodes, active components like transistors and ICs, as well as microcontrollers like Arduinos and single-board computers like the Raspberry Pi.
We supply soldering irons and test equipment, and can point you to a wealth of online resources to learn about, design, and troubleshoot basic and advanced circuitry.
Create your own electronic devices, program small computers to make games, tools, or interactive knick-knacks, repair broken electronics, investigate robotics, and join the community of makers and tinkerers here at JMU!
Everyone in the JMU community is welcome and encouraged to use our electronics facilities; however, you must complete a brief training on how to solder safely and must sign a form stating that you'll follow a few basic safety rules before you may do so. The easiest way to receive training is by attending one of our workshops!
Arduino is an open-source electronics platform based on easy-to-use hardware and software. Arduino boards are able to read inputs - light on a sensor, a finger on a button, or a Twitter message - and turn it into an output - activating a motor, turning on an LED, publishing something online. You can tell your board what to do by sending a set of instructions to the microcontroller on the board.
The Raspberry Pi is a credit-card-sized computer that plugs into your TV and a keyboard. It is a capable little computer which can be used in electronics projects, and for many of the things that your desktop PC does, like spreadsheets, word processing, browsing the internet, and playing games. It also plays high-definition video.