SPARC functions as Auburn University's makerspace. It was founded by the Auburn University Electrical Engineering Department in 2006 to provide students with the opportunity to test out their own ideas, integrate concepts learned in class, compete with peers at other schools, and demonstrate their products to the public. SPARC provides the lab space, tools, materials, and funding for projects. If a student pays for their own materials, they can even keep their projects.
Any Auburn University student undergraduate or graduate regardless of major or year can work on a project facilitated by SPARC. SPARC provides the opportunity for younger students to work with older students. It is a great way to get real problem solving experience and apply some of the knowledge that is learned in classes. It also serves as a great resume builder in which can help get members get involved in Undergraduate research and CO-OP’s and internships.
SPARC is always working many different projects at a time. Many of our projects involve robotics, 3D printing, quadcopters, and research. SPARC also participates in several outreach events to teach young students about STEM. SPARC always gives a large demonstration every year for E-Day. SPARC also helps with university research projects and is a great way to get involved with undergraduate research.