To boost interest in engineering among middle and high school students, the Jaguar F1 Team in Schools Event has them designing Formula One model racecars. About 20 Technology Student Association chapter teams will participate at the TSA's 25th National Conference (www.tsaweb.org) in Orlando June 25-29. Students design car bodies, wheels, and axles using CAD/CAM, and then assemble them and produce drawings and 3D Formula One renderings. They are judged on such criteria as safety, aesthetics, aerodynamics, and race times. For information about the Jaguar F1 event, go to www.f1inschools.com.
Two different shape-shifting polymers have been announced from two different universities: Wyss Institute at Harvard University and Zhejiang University in eastern China. Both of them change their shapes when immersed in water, and the one from Wyss Institute was made with 3D-printing techniques.
When you think of the DARPA Robotics Challenge, you may imagine complex humanoid contraptions made of metal and wires that move like a Terminator Series T-90. But what actually happened at the much-vaunted event was something just a bit different.
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