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What Reality Will You Make?
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11/21/2014  8 comments
Cal Poly students use 3D printing to take flight -- and pass their class.
Video: German Kids Can Build Better LEGO Robots
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11/17/2014  4 comments
Google has teamed up with the German research institute Fraunhofer IAIS to develop and offer OpenRoberta, which simplifies programming for LEGO Mindstorm robots for German kids and teachers and lets them control the robots from mobile devices.
Slideshow: Makers Decorate White House for the Holidays
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11/14/2014  6 comments
The ornaments will be the result of the first-ever White House 3D-Printed Ornament Challenge, a contest that shows the Obama administration promoting one of the most disruptive design technologies to date.
Inexpensive Incubator Tops Dyson Awards
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11/11/2014  1 comment
This year's James Dyson Award winner created an inexpensive incubator to help curb childhood death in the developing world.
Would You Let Your Kids Play With Atomic Energy?
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11/10/2014  25 comments
In the early 1950s, the Gilbert U-238 Atomic Energy Lab offered young people the opportunity to watch radioactive decay with a spinthariscope, measure the radioactivity of uranium ore with an electroscope, watch the tracks formed by alpha particles in a cloud chamber, and even prospect for uranium using a Geiger counter. Yikes!
Students: NASA Wants You to Design its Next Space Tool
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11/5/2014  1 comment
The winner of NASA's Design a Space Tool Challenge will watch the winning tool being printed on the 3D printer launched to the International Space Station in September. Students in grades K through 12 have until December 15 to submit entries.
Siemens Furthers STEM Initiative in NC
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9/30/2014  2 comments
Siemens PLM Software has made an in-kind donation of software to Central Piedmont Community College in North Carolina for its science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) Division.
Conference Supports & Highlights Women in Engineering
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9/29/2014  26 comments
About 7,000 female engineers and organizations interested in fostering diversity are expected to attend the Society of Women Engineers conference Oct. 23-25 in Los Angeles.
13 Reasons to Enter the 3D Printing Student Design Contest
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9/26/2014  12 comments
Conducted by 3D printing leader Stratasys, the 2015 Extreme Redesign 3D Printing Challenge is open to students around the world in engineering, design, and art or architecture.
Teaching Electrical Engineering Concepts With Squishy Circuits
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9/25/2014  18 comments
Is it possible to teach electrical engineering concepts to 5 year olds? AnnMarie Thomas, an engineering professor at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota, thinks so.
What Can Engineers Learn From 4 Year Olds?
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9/23/2014  19 comments
In many engineering workplaces, there’s a generational conflict between recent engineering graduates and older, more experienced engineers. However, a recent study published in the psychology journal Cognition suggests that both may have something to learn from another group: 4 year olds.
'Space Kid's' Design to be 3D-Printed on ISS
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9/16/2014  18 comments
The “Space Kid,” 11, will be one of the first civilians to have his design manufactured in space, thanks to the City X Project, which inspires kids to think about new 3D-printed inventions that could be useful for humans living in space.
Knowles Commits $100K to Support Women in Engineering
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9/10/2014  12 comments
Knowles Corp. will commit $100,000 to the University of Illinois at Chicago's College of Engineering to support women in engineering.
5 More Tips for Engineering Students
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9/9/2014  18 comments
Materials engineer Dave Palmer shares more top advice for new engineering students. He wishes someone would have given him these tips.
5 Tips for Engineering Students
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8/26/2014  26 comments
Materials engineer Dave Palmer shares his top advice for new engineering students; he wishes someone would have given him these tips.
Student-Designed System for E-Motorbike Tops TI Challenge
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8/22/2014  9 comments
A battery management system to support an electric motorcycle lithium-ion battery pack took first place in Texas Instruments' annual engineering innovation contest.
Video: Solar Car Drives Valuable Career Lessons Home
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8/21/2014  38 comments
Since 1987, teams of engineers around the world have built solar cars to participate in a road race around Australia called the World Solar Challenge, being tested on the race time, kilometers traveled, practicality, and energy used by the vehicles they invent.
Reflections on GoEngineer Kids’ Camps 2014
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8/8/2014  3 comments
These free camps are designed for children ages 10 to 18. Attendees are introduced to 3D CAD software and shown how 3D printers can make their work a reality.
GoEngineer Kids’ Camps Fuel Female Interest in Engineering
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8/1/2014  2 comments
These free camps are designed for children ages 10 to 18. Attendees are introduced to 3D CAD software and shown how 3D printers can make their work a reality. Many classes were nearly 50 percent girls and 50 percent boys.
Video: Dean Kamen Discusses Developing a Prosthetic Arm for Wounded Vets
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7/30/2014  Post a comment
Dean Kamen tells an audience at MD&M East 2014 how his team created the DEKA Arm to meet DARPA's challenge to design a better prosthetic arm for wounded veterans.
More Kids' Camps, More Fun & More Future Engineers
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7/29/2014  Post a comment
These free camps are designed for children ages 10 to 18. Attendees are introduced to 3D CAD software and shown how 3D printers can make their work a reality. Here we check out the stops in California and Utah.
Dean Kamen: 'FDA Not to Blame for Stalling Medical Device Innovation'
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7/29/2014  1 comment
Dean Kamen told an audience at MD&M East 2014 that FDA regulators aren't to blame for stalling innovation in the medical device industry. Hear what he had to say.
Video: Voice-Command System Rivals Siri
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7/25/2014  11 comments
Two students have created a voice-command system for our homes, based on the simple and affordable Raspberry Pi.
GoEngineer Kicks Off Kids' Camp
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7/21/2014  4 comments
These free camps are designed for children ages 10-18. Attendees are introduced to 3D CAD software and shown how 3D printers can make their work a reality.
Siemens PLM Partners With Penn State
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7/18/2014  1 comment
Siemens PLM has given an in-kind grant -- to the tune of $750M -- to Penn State University so students can gain experience on real-world design and manufacturing software.
Video: Vanderbilt Student Develops Nanowire 3 Atoms Thick
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7/15/2014  1 comment
One PhD student says tablets might be as thin as a sheet of paper, and flexible, too, thanks to the creation of nanowires just three atoms thick.
Video: Teen Invents iPhone-Charging Insole
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7/14/2014  10 comments
Angelo Casimiro, a 15-year-old living in the Philippines, has designed an insole that uses two pairs of piezoelectric discs that produce electricity when they bend inward. When a person steps down on the discs in the insole, they produce electricity. He used two sets of discs to produce double the amount of electricity that one set would allow.
Who Deserves to Make the Big Bucks?
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7/9/2014  17 comments
In the words of FIRST founder Dean Kamen, "Why are we celebrating someone who can throw a baseball 90 miles per hour or who can put a basketball through a hoop, when the real stars are the kids who are starting down the path toward changing the world?”
Hummingbird Makes Coding Easy
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7/8/2014  5 comments
Hummingbird has unveiled a new robotics kit -- Hummingbird Duo -- that can teach anyone the basic of robotic engineering, even children. The kit was released on Kickstarter and has surpassed its funding goal of $30,000.
Siemens PLM Gives $1B in Software to Virginia Colleges
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6/24/2014  4 comments
Siemens PLM has donated $1 billion in education grants to community colleges and universities in Virginia.
15 Steps to Becoming a Mechanical Engineer
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6/23/2014  25 comments
Here are 15 steps you must take in order to become a mechanical engineer. Some are easy, some are very difficult, but all of them can be fun.
A Fluid-Powered Design From the Educational Ranks
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6/20/2014  1 comment
Editor’s note: We are encouraging students to let us know about some of the innovative projects they’re working on. Here’s one example.
KIBO Appeals to Kids' Imagination
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6/17/2014  5 comments
The robotic building kit is aimed at children four to seven years old, with a goal of instilling in children an interest and affinity for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields with a varied way of teaching.
20 Celebrities Who Are Also STEM Stars
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6/4/2014  10 comments
Here are 20 celebrities from acting, music, and comedy who also happen to hold technical degrees.
10 Teens Who Are Out to Change the World
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6/3/2014  29 comments
Some of the most innovative designs these days are coming from the minds of teenagers, a fact that shows a lot of promise for the next generation of engineers.
Why We Need More Women in Engineering
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5/23/2014  24 comments
A large number of studies have shown that men and women have different approaches to solving complex problems. It is precisely because of the differences between men and women that the engineering profession would benefit from greater participation of women.
Video: Teen-Run Company Turns Smartphone Into Stethoscope
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5/22/2014  15 comments
Suman Mulumudi, 15, has created a way to turn a smartphone into a stethoscope. He's capitalizing on his invention through his Seattle-based startup, StratoScientific.
TinkerBots Gives Tots a Robotic Building Kit
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5/14/2014  21 comments
Two German engineers have created a kit that lets kids build robots from individual modules in much the same way they snap Legos together.
A FIRST Cinderella Story
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4/24/2014  15 comments
With support from National Instruments, a group of dedicated students from Connally High School in Austin, where more than 50% of the students are at risk of not graduating, have created a successful robotics team that is competing in the FIRST World Championships.
'Einstein' Sparks STEM Initiative
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4/9/2014  7 comments
Einstein in a Box inspires critical thinking with the actual doing and experiencing. They take the statement "inquiring minds want to know" to a whole new level.
Mentoring Is the Key to a Competitive Robotics Team
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4/3/2014  Post a comment
When a school like Boyle Heights’ Roosevelt High School in Los Angeles wants to enter into the high-tech world of competitive robotics, there are three things that are needed to support the project: money, students, and most importantly, skill.
Teen Invents Artificial Arm Controlled by Bluetooth-Powered Brain Waves
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3/28/2014  24 comments
Shiva Nathan, 15, built the prosthetic for his cousin in India, after she lost her arms in an explosion.
My Life as a FIRST Robotics Mentor
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3/25/2014  4 comments
When you experience the energy of FIRST through the students you’re mentoring, you discover that it’s one of the more fun things you can do with your spare time. I encourage you to find a team and help out. You’ll discover that the students who participate are first-rate, dedicated, responsible, and creative. And if you’re already involved with a FIRST team, thank you.
My Opinion on Walking the STEM Walk
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3/4/2014  19 comments
We are giving the First folks (and any associated parties) a mechanism to get their word out. If you're involved with First or have anything to say about the organization, let us know.
FIRST Runs Robot Competitions With Top Automation Technology
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1/21/2014  7 comments
The FIRST student robot competitions have incorporated advanced automation technology to manage the playing fields.
The Importance of Mentors
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11/27/2013  42 comments
Jon Titus, a longtime contributor to Design News, is retiring. In this, his farewell column, he stresses the importance of having mentors, and thanks his own.
Young Girls Excel in STEM
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10/30/2013  24 comments
Events such as the TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon and mentorship program such as NASA's G.I.R.L.S. (Giving Initiative and Relevance to Learning Sciences) help promote interest in STEM.
World Solar Car Challenge & STEM Education
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9/24/2013  5 comments
Siemens PLM Software is proud to sponsor the University of Michigan solar car team, an entirely student-run organization that designed its new Generation car in NX software.
Engineers Eye the Prize in Solar Car Road Challenge
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9/23/2013  6 comments
Next month, a team of cars will travel 3,000 km in searing desert heat across Australia as part of a global road challenge. This contest is a bit different -- instead of using the usual combustible engines, all the cars in this challenge are solar-powered.
Spreading Excitement About Space Exploration
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9/20/2013  21 comments
It's commonplace to hear engineers lament the small size of the NASA budget, the lack of a successor to the Space Shuttle, and the lack of a US heavy launch vehicle. We need to teach young people to have an optimistic view of the future of human space exploration.
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