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.
Festo's BionicKangaroo combines pneumatic and electrical drive technology, plus very precise controls and condition monitoring. Like a real kangaroo, the BionicKangaroo robot harvests the kinetic energy of each takeoff and immediately uses it to power the next jump.
Design News and Digi-Key presents: Creating & Testing Your First RTOS Application Using MQX, a crash course that will look at defining a project, selecting a target processor, blocking code, defining tasks, completing code, and debugging.
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.