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Visa Gift Cards

Once the event begins, one member on each team will be sent an email from Vanilla Gift Cards with instructions on how to activate their Visa eGift card. The eGift card can be used like any normal Visa credit or debit card in stores.


To use the card, each member needs to add the card to their Apple wallet or Google Pay app (basically just inputting the card number, expiration date, security code, etc…) on their phone. Here are instructions on how to add a card to a virtual wallet:


Once each member has added the card to their virtual wallet, they can then use it to pay in stores that accept virtual wallet payments (which are most stores). Multiple members of the team can add the same card to their virtual wallets, and its balance can be tracked using the instructions contained in the same email. 


Teams must adhere to the prototyping rules outlined in the Maker’s Toolkit. 

Fusion 360

Fusion360 is a CAD, CAM, and PCB software that is free to download for students. The link to download is here.

  • Students and educators can get free one-year educational access to Autodesk products and services, renewable as long as you remain eligible.

  • The site will ask you to create an account and confirm your eligibility. After verifying your email, you will be asked to include information about your institution and your graduation year.

  • Fusion 360 provides free tutorial videos on their website that are a great resource if you’re just getting started with Fusion360, or have used it before and need a quick refresher.

  • ASBME’s Fusion360 Workshop


SolidWorks can be accessed in a number of ways. The following are all permissible for use during the Makeathon:

  • Access to full SolidWorks license through a course (e.g. ITP 308)

  • Access to SolidWorks via a personal license

  • Downloading the SolidWorks Student Design Kit (SDK) by going to and using the code: 9SDK2020

Please note that workshop videos will cover Fusion360, so we recommend using

Fusion360 if you are not familiar with SolidWorks or do not already have a SolidWorks



This year, we are also partnering with SolidProfessor, a website that houses short tutorial videos for SolidWorks and Fusion360. Every team should have been emailed instructions regarding how to access SolidProfessor.


  1. Physical Arduino

We will be shipping out physical Arduino kits to one person from each team. Everyone on the team should have filled out the Arduino Form. 

  • The exact arduino kit that we are sending to teams is linked here

  • You can read documentation on the Arduino being shipped to you here

  • To program the Arduino, you will need to write code on the Arduino IDE, which you can download here


   2. TinkerCAD

TinkerCAD is an online Arduino simulation software. Since only one member per team will have access to the physical Arduino, teams can also prototype electrical components on TinkerCAD

  • Access TinkerCAD here. Scroll down to “Start Tinkering” and then create a free account to access the online software

  • ASBME’s Arduino Workshop taught the basics of Arduino and then went over building a few basic circuits on TinkerCAD. You can access the slides from the workshop here

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