Engineering student group wins campus service award

May 10, 2012

Students learn about electricty by playing with buzzers, lights, and conductive dough.
Students learn about electricty by playing with buzzers, lights, and conductive dough.

Open Hardware Makerspace, a student group in the College of Engineering at North Carolina State University, was honored with a 2012 Deborah S. Moore Service Award as the university's emerging non-service student organization of the year.

The awards were announced April 23 at the "Celebration of an Engaged University" event at the McKimmon Center on the NC State campus. The club was among nine individuals and groups collecting Moore awards.

Open Hardware Makerspace is a student group that encourages and empowers makers' interests in technical, collaborative, and creative projects. It welcomes all technical interests and seeks to provide access to the knowledge, tools, and community to students on campus. Through exposing the local community to creative projects and new technologies, the group hopes to bring an excitement for learning into local schools. Among the officers of the group are Luther Blackwood and Christopher Freeze, two students from the ECE department.

The Deborah S. Moore Service Awards are given annually by NC State's Center for Student Leadership, Ethics and Public Service to students and clubs that demonstrate exemplary service and outstanding volunteerism. Deborah S. Moore, an NC State graduate, served as the first volunteer coordinator of the NC State Student Center. The memorial awards were created in her honor in 1977. 


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