Inspiring youth to experiment with STEM fields

Clifford Dax and Jonathan Baumgardner were inspired to launch the company LumiDax Electronics by a desire to see more students involved in science, technology, engineering and math, so-called STEM fields. The father and stepson duo set out to create a product they wished they had had when they were kids, the Bakerboard, an inexpensive analog training system for students looking to learn more about electronics.

With three power supplies, a function generator, and an oscilloscope — a lab instrument used to display and analyze the waveform of electronic signals — the Bakerboard has everything one needs to begin exploring the world of electronics.

Affordability was a driving factor in designing the Bakerboard. Even though bottom-of-the-line oscilloscopes typically sell for $450, Dax and Baumgardner knew they could develop a device that did more and cost less.

“We knew it would be possible to make a functional oscilloscope for less than $25 in parts,” Baumgardner said. “So we set out to get the materials and make a successful prototype.”

After a successful Kickstarter campaign that raised $10,000, the duo laid the groundwork to begin making the Bakerboard, which they envisioned as a self-contained electronics experimentation lab that has the necessary integrated test equipment to carry out experiments of all sorts.

“Our successful Kickstarter campaign helped us to realize that there is a demand for our product,” Baumgardner said.

LumiDax is one of eight companies currently in the RAIN Eugene Accelerator Program. Dax and Baumgardner say the program has been helpful in teaching them how to approach the challenges that early startups face. In one year’s time, the company aims to have the Bakerboards produced locally which they hope will lead to new tech job growth in the region.

“Startups face odds that would be insurmountable without the vital services that RAIN provides,” Dax said. “RAIN and the city of Eugene are making it really easy for companies to find support and gain traction locally.”

Find out more about LumiDax at the RAIN Eugene State of the Startup Ecosystem Address on January 13th at the Hult Center. Register Now