SUNY Broome students show off microprocessors (with photos)

By Kelly McCarthy

December 18, 2013 Updated Dec 18, 2013 at 7:33 PM EDT

Town of Dickinson, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A group of engineering students at SUNY Broome showed off their semester-long projects that use microprocessors in creative designs.

Microprocessors are used in almost everything - from cars, to cell phones, and one group even created a ping pong machine.

"When our professor said you can make anything you want," said engineering student Scott Rasmussen, "We're just like, OK why not have some fun here."

Second year engineering students at SUNY Broome were told to get creative and design a microprocessor that could be put to the test.

"A lot of these things I would not have thought of," said professor Tom Grace.

Students programmed the tiny computers to complete a task or game. They said coming up with a creative idea wasn't the difficult part of the project, it was making sure the microprocessor worked every time.

"We've been working eight weeks on this, there's a lot actually that keeps going wrong," said engineering student Dallas Fisher, "you can't always find what goes wrong, there's a lot of troubleshooting involved."

This class assignment took life of its own, and let the professor take a back seat.

"It's creative, it's their ideas," Ford said, "Its what they want to do, it's the project they picked so they have an ownership to it."