The AEM says the challenge helps recruit construction’s future workforce to address an impending shortage of future skilled workers needed to fill over 1 million new jobs in construction by 2012. This is in line with an obvious major goal of most engineering competitions - to start cultivating young engineers. The International Construction Challenge brings together high school teams from across the United States and Canada to learn more about construction careers, infrastructure, construction equipment and how to work as part of a team.
The competition’s three challenges were Infrastructure Dialogue, where teams researched issues including drinking water systems, road and highway systems and bridges; equipment and careers, where teams developed an interactive educational tool to teach about construction careers and equipment, and Road Warrior, where teams build equipment devices and then compete to move the most gravel using the equipment. The first-place team from Perry Public Schools, Perry, OK, impressed the judges during the Road Warrior challenge. Each team member won a $2,000 scholarship and a computer.
Science fiction author Isaac Asimov may have the best rules for effective brainstorming and creativity. His never-before-published essay, "On Creativity," recently made it to the Web pages of MIT Technology Review.
Much has been made over the potentially dangerous flammability of lithium-ion batteries after major companies like Boeing, Sony, and Tesla have grappled with well-publicized battery fires. Researchers at Stanford University may have come up with a solution to this problem with a smart sensor for lithium-ion batteries that provides a warning if the battery is about to overheat or catch fire.
In this new Design News feature, "How it Works," we’re starting off by examining the inner workings of the electronic cigarette. While e-cigarettes seemed like a gimmick just two or three years ago, they’re catching fire -- so to speak. Sales topped $1 billion last year and are set to hit $10 billion by 2017. Cigarette companies are fighting back by buying up e-cigarette manufacturers.
Advertised as the "Most Powerful Tablet Under $100," the Kindle Fire HD 6 was too tempting for the team at iFixit to pass up. Join us to find out if inexpensive means cheap, irreparable, or just down right economical. It's teardown time!
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