Summer 2022 Schedule and Projects

VEGAS STEM LAB: 9 am-4:30 pm,   June 6 -June 24th, 2022.

Short description: Faculty will provide formal instructions and accompany students to the site tours. 40 students will work on projects and practice in teams with undergraduate and graduate mentors and under faculty supervision at UNLV.  Design components will be provided. Lunch will be provided. The daily schedule includes formal and informal instructions, social activities, lab work, and creative project development. Any changes will be announced in advance. Minimum requirements for he personal laptops:

  • Windows (Windows 8 or higher)Minimum 1GB of free HDD Space1x USB 2.0 or 3.0 Port
  • Mac (MacOS 10.13 or higher), Minimum 1GB of free HDD Space1x USB 2.0 or 3.0 Port


Final Projects (Presentations on June 24, 1:15 pm-3:45 pm)

  • Wall- ET character by “Runtime Error”

Members: Maddie Wilson, Bradley Bradenburg, Ellis Dokken, Rylee Anderson

Mentor: Franklin La Rosa Dias

Project Description: The robot displays emotions when a button is pressed and goes back to the normal (smiling state). It also makes a sound.

Materials and Components: Cardboard boxes and paint, speaker, pressure sensor, ESP 32, LED matrix

  • Ferris Wheel by “The Chairs”

Members:   Jay Golightly, Eli Golightly, Axel Strunk, Austin Marquez

Mentor: Denisse Franco 

Project Description: Design of a wheel with LEDs.

Materials: The wheel parts are made from plywood using the laser cut/engrave printer.  

Components: ESP32 microcontroller, LED strips, Servo motor

  • Smart House by “The Cooler Chairs”

Members: Gavin Loewy,Hunter Loewy, Kaia Lowrey, Dylan Veron

Mentor: Monica Narouz

Project description: A miniature model of a house that utilizes various components to significantly benefit the day- to day lives of its occupants. It has a fire alarm system, smart lighting system, RFID door opener, LCD screen to display temperature and humidity, color changing LEDs. The house has a sign of the camp (VSL) made in Tinkercad and printed using 3D printer.

Components: OSOYO miniature house, ESP 8266.

  • Smart Irrigator by “The N-switch”

Members: Lily Jones, Julia Jones, Declan Berger, Armeen Saberinia, Joseph Bowen

Mentor: Renndall Hernandes

Project Description: based on the humidity and temperature, the system starts irrigation.

Materials and Components: Watering system kit, LEDs, Light source, temperature sensor, humidity sensor, water container, plant pots, ESP32 microcontroller.

  • FerroTheater by “Smart Circuits”

Members: Haylee MacDonald, Ethan Park, Roy Kim, Jamen Houston, John Cameron Brian

Mentor: SJ Kim

Project description: The theater is an interactive box display designed as a shared space for the audience to observe the ferrofluid motion activated by magnets. The FerroTheater consists of five primary modules, Motion, Shape Generator by multiple electromagnets), Lighting, Display, and Audio.

Materials and components: 2 oz Ferrofluid, 4 electromagnets, 1 servo motor, 1 Neopixel LED, 1 OLED Display, 1 RGB LED, and 5 ESP32 microcontrollers. Other materials used are recycling boxes and tape.

  • BT-controlled Car by “Insert Name Here

Members: Gray Hilpert, Josia Zephurine, Eric Jimenez

Mentor: Yesenia Henriquez

Project Description:  the car has an unusual/custom-designed and assembled body and moves controlled by a motor. It prototypes a self-driving car carrying ads on Las Vegas Blvd.

Materials and components: laser-printed body parts, DC motor, ESP32.

  • Welcome to Las Vegas by  “Vegas Going Green”

Group members: Tobyas Chau, Ezekiel Chau, Josnick Antonio, Sarah Chen

Mentor Braeden Kurz.

Project Description:  Solar tracker powers up the Las Vegas sign (Welcome to Las Vegas). It readjusts its position based on the direction of the sunlight.

Materials and Components: The Las Vegas sign is designed in Tinkercad, made on the 3D printer and colored according to the original color palette; ESP 32, servo motor, and rechargeable battery.

  • Motion Sword by “Leaves”

Members: William Petersen, Colin Petersen, Rebekah Ellis, Ryan Flores, Nevina Minalez

Mentor: Eryn Gale Aguilar

Project Description: The sword changes the color depending on the direction of the swing.

Materials and components: Plastic tube, toy handle, LED strip, IMU, ESP32.

Final Project presentation

Thomas T. Beam Engineering Complex – Building B (TBE-A), Great Hall for June 24 final project presentations (1:15 pm – 3:30 pm, parents and guests are welcome to attend. Parking is free on Friday after 1 pm. Please use student and faculty lots in the Cottage Grove Garage and proceed to TBE-A, Great Hall.