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Student Projects and Research Committee (SPARC)


The Student Projects and Research Committee (SPARC) is a student lead organization at Auburn University that creates and fosters an environment of creativity and innovation through collaborative projects. No matter their major, students should only need a willingness to learn and grow to participate in an experience that will allow them to test out ideas, integrate concepts learned in class, and learn skills that will be instrumental when working in the workforce. SPARC each semester selects a few projects to work on and dedicates the space and tools of the "makerspace" style SPARC lab to develop those projects.

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SPARC has two non-mandatory meetings a week this semester (Spring 2018). On Tuesdays from 5:30-6:30pm in Broun 235, we hold Maker Training Sessions in which focus on training both new members and existing members on useful skills and topics like 3D printing, CAD, electrical prototyping, and robotics programming. On Wednesdays from 6-7pm in Broun 235, SPARC holds Open Forum meetings in which project leads present updates on their projects and a student in the organization hosts a discussion on a topic about technology, engineering, or a maker skill.

Office Location:
Broun 367

Shop Location:
Broun Hall 367

Projects, outreach, competitions, conferences, etc.:


  • MATILDA Military Robotics Platform- reverse engineering and retrofitting an old bomb disposal robot
  • Unmanned Aerial Systems- assembling and experimenting with quadcopters
  • Tesla Coil- build a spark gap style Tesla Coil to demonstrate at engineering events
  • Sumo Robotics Organization Competition- building small sumo bots to compete against peers
  • Lab Assistant- programming a virtual assistant for lab automation similar to Amazon Alexa


  • E-Day- (February 23, 2018) demonstrate projects to middle and high school students alongside other engineering organizations
  • Opelika HS Robotics team- mentor a BEST and FRC team
  • HS Robotics Competitions- volunteer at BEST, VEX, and FIRST robotics competition

Matthew Castleberry

E-Council Rep:
Josh Jablonowski

Dr. Thaddeus Roppel

Category: Competition Team, Academic, Professional,
Related Major: All Majors

Last Updated: 3/27/18 10:59 AM