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Plans on creating an organization/pol of tech enthusiasts

  1. Feb 19, 2009 #1
    i'm in college and i'm studying applied physics.

    me and a bunch of guys from materials engineering and geography are interested in a special interest/hobbyist collective of tech enthusiasts. we are interested in sharing our tech experiences in programming, electronics, robotics and other scientific skills to create special projects and provide a venue for tech enthusiasts to share and enhance their skills.

    we don't really have a plan yet on how to start this...
    what we currently have are the following:

    1. a materials engineer student with experience in programming (not really sure)
    2. a plasma physicist in training with limited experience in basic electronics and some python programming
    3. a geography major into programming and is now wori\king on a microprocessor.
    4. a telescope... which i have been using on moon watching
    5. a great amount of interest and desire to start on a project
    6. well we don't have money yet to start one
    7. or a concrete idea for a project

    so for all of those belonging to a similar form of organization or has anything to share/advice or anything to say about this...
    i would really appreciate comments.

    p.s. we don't have any student organizations like this in our school so what we only have as models are instituted laboratories and orgs outside our university
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  3. Feb 20, 2009 #2


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    One thing you could do would be to register yourselves with the the student union or university as a recognized student group. This will likely involve drawing up some kind of constitution, a statement of purpose, and the creation of various offices (President, Secretary-Treasurer, VP Social, etc.).

    Once you establish this, you could contact various departments at your school and see if there are any professors or graduate students willing to act as mentors and give you input, assist with defining projects, or who may be willing to donate old lab equipement. You might be surprised at what you can find kicking around in the attics of old physics buildings.

    Formally organizing the group offers the advantage being something you can cite on a resume or graduate school application.
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