Lego robots aren’t the only educational tools being highlighted at NIWeek. Dean Kamen, who founded the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), will discuss this international contest for high school students in the closing keynote address Thursday.
Kamen, a National Inventors Hall of Fame member and winner of the National Medal of Technology, will also detail his ideas on fostering innovation within companies. But it’s the Segway inventor’s focus on FIRST that has the greatest impact on society, many feel. “Through his organization FIRST, Kamen has transformed the way our society thinks about math and science and has inspired thousands of young adults to pursue careers in science, technology and engineering,” says Ray Almgren, vice president of academic relations at National Instruments.
The winner of Kamen’s FIRST competition traveled to NIWeek
Researchers at the University of Maryland have achieved a first in lithium-ion battery science: the development of a successful lithium-based battery using one material for all three core components of a battery -- anode, cathode, and electrolyte.
The online Bar Steel Fatigue Database for automotive design engineers has been updated for the fifth time and now contains 134 iterations, or grade/process combinations. It provides better predictability for designing parts with long-term reliability and durability.
FPGAs use programmable fabric to create custom logic, but this flexibility comes at a cost -- usually around 10 times more silicon real estate and 10 times the power dissipation. Can we really claim any FPGA is low power?
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