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.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administrationís recent backup camera mandate could open the door to more vehicle innovations, including better graphical displays, 360-degree camera views, and the increased use of Ethernet.
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.
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.