We’ve all heard countless times how imperative it is to get kids interested in engineering and science — not only to help focus their young minds on matters of substance, but also to ensure our own long-term technological viability. The question is: How do you do this in a way that is age appropriate and won’t bore the kids to the point where the last thing they want to do is be an engineer?
Well, PBS comes to the rescue with their newest season of Design Squad Nation. This year PBS is adding an additional interactive component to the program by featuring a contest that encourages kids to think outside the box and show how they can make Design Squad Nation’s activities even bigger. From creating a PVC Kayak, to a giant sized catapult, the possibilities are endless.
Two researchers from Cornell University have won a $100,000 grant from NASA to continue work to develop an energy-harvesting robotic eel the space agency aims to use to explore oceans on one of the moons of Jupiter.
Is the factory smarter than it used to be? From recent buzzwords, you’d think we’ve entered a new dimension in industrial plants, where robots run all physical functions wirelessly and humans do little more than program ever more capable robotics. Some of that is actually true, but it’s been true for a while.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.