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A Bluetooth Speaker Project for High School Outreach

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2021 Illinois-Indiana Regional Conference



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April 16, 2021

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April 16, 2021

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April 17, 2021

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Outreach and K-12

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Outreach and K-12

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Gene L. Harding P.E. Purdue University (PPI)

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GENE L. HARDING is an associate professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology at Purdue University, where he has taught since 2003. He has three years of industrial experience with Agilent Technologies, 28 years of combined active and reserve service in the United States Air Force, holds an MSEE from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, and is a licensed professional engineer.

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Taylor Andrew Hansen Purdue Alumni

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Taylor Hansen is a DIY loudspeaker speaker designer. His many designs have competed in the Parts Express Mid-West Audio Fest Speaker Building Competition, and have been globally recognized in popular media outlets such as Audioholics. He has 4 years of industrial experience working with companies such as Belden, Aptiv, and BAE Systems. Additionally, he holds a BS in ECET, emphasizing in analog signal processing and audio technologies.

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This paper describes a student-designed Bluetooth speaker project intended for use in a summer recruiting event aimed at high school students. Although recruiting is not a problem for the main campus of UNIVERSITY, it is a challenge for most of the satellite campuses. This project was chosen because Bluetooth speakers are very popular among teenagers, and it provides a nice vehicle for studying a number of engineering topics. As such, it simultaneously markets the local campus and exposes students to multiple engineering disciplines, thus helping them choose a major that fits their interests.

This paper describes the design of the speaker and its enclosure, integration of the components, and how it is constructed during the camp. Additionally, it explains the camp goals and structure, including schedule and accompanying educational activities, along with the parts source(s) to assist others who may want to replicate it.

Harding, G. L., & Hansen, T. A. (2021, April), A Bluetooth Speaker Project for High School Outreach Paper presented at 2021 Illinois-Indiana Regional Conference, Virtual. 10.18260/1-2--38255

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