Above, from left: a stack of Vertigo dance floor tiles ready for use; testing a Vertigo dance floor tile.
Seeing lights: Vertigo LED Dance Floor
By Jeffrey Hsu
The LED Dance Floor really sets the stage (sorry, I had to) for the intensity of Vertigo, but also for the Engineering students.
I like to think about it this way:
Students go to class (mostly).
Students learn in class (mostly).
Students want something cool (definitely).
Students imagine the concept of an LED Dance Floor (shiny!).
Students use what they learned in class to make something awesome.
The Dance Floor features many types and levels of engineering such as:
· Designing bright and efficient LED circuits
· Coding how data is handled and sent between modules
· Constructing a stable frame that can handle a dancing student horde
· Learning how to get components from industry sources
· And making it simple enough to build in bulk (there are over 30 modules for the Dance Floor!)
The Dance Floor is one of the many student projects that show our education coming back full circle and resulting in something awesome for everyone’s benefit.
So this Saturday on the LED Dance Floor:
get pumped by the music,
get excited by the lights,
get inspired to do awesome things,
and of course, Get Dizzy!
— Jeffrey Hsu is a junior majoring in systems science & engineering with minors in mechatronics and robotics. He is president of IEEE, the student organization that maintains the dance floor.