UVU Computer Engineering Capstone Project

Portable Mini Splash Pad (2019-2020)

Project Sponsor: Students
Team Members: Andrew Weir and Jason Ellsworth

Faulty Advisor: Dr. Afsaneh Minaie

  • Splash Pad
  • Initial Water design for prototype
  • Tiva C Series Launchpad pin map
  • LCD projector operation
  • Circuit Design
  • PCB Front
  • PCB Back

Splash pads are play areas that sprays water from the ground and seems to be a new trend that are found in parks at the present time and rightly justified. They are fun for children, relatively safe, and use less resources compared to having and maintaining a pool. According to splashpadusa.com, splash pad cost for a residence is around $15,000-$35,000, depending on what's best for the individual. There are some other options that can be cheaper, but one will end up building a splash pad kit and installing it themselves. With the splash pad that we are creating, the only part that would need to be purchased would be the pump. So, with all parts included, it would cost the user around $1,000-$2,000, depending on the type of pump that was bought. It can be installed anywhere the user wants which would make it more accessible and a cheaper alternative to large scale residential splash pad.

Splash pads also contain a lot of potential for programming. For example, one can program the splash pad to the timing of the water spraying, which can include syncing and coordinating the spray nozzles to the beat of the music. One can also program switches or buttons to trigger a spray to coordinate with RGB lighting, which can be a pleasant experience for younger children who may not be old enough to experience a commercial splash pad. Lastly, one can program the splash pad to be controlled via Bluetooth. Users have the option to control the splash pad remotely while other plays.

With the pressure plates and buttons, kids can use the splash pad without needing an app to direct it. The TI CC2640R2 microcontroller, which has Bluetooth on the board, connects to a device which allows a user to send commands to run the splash pad. The microcontroller controls the nozzles as well as sends a signal to our Tiva C Series microcontroller to enable the lights at the same time. As a commercial splash pad would be an ordeal, this splash pad was built on a smaller scale. Outside of hardware, the mini splash pad was built to navigate and to pressurize the water through the microcontroller. 

Students' Presentation