Robotic contests are always a big draw for engineers, and they’re seen as a great way to get youngsters interested in science and technology. Lego Mindstorms are on display in Texas at NIWeek 07, with teams ranging from 11-year-olds and high school students to professional engineers.
They’ll be competing on a course used to teach Ohio State University engineering students how to program. The Mindstorm robots must track a line to find a colored block, then figure out what color it is and deliver it to a bin coded for each color. Teams will be given 45 mins to program their robots.
Conventional wisdom holds that MIT, Cal Tech, and Stanford are three of the country’s best undergraduate engineering schools. Unfortunately, when conventional wisdom visits the topic of best engineering schools, it too often leaves out some of the most distinguished programs that don’t happen to offer PhD-level degrees.
Airbus Defence and Space has 3D printed titanium brackets for communications satellites. The redesigned, one-piece 3D-printed brackets have better thermal resistance than conventionally manufactured parts, can be produced faster, cost 20% less, and save about 1 kg of weight per satellite.
A group of researchers at the Seoul National University have discovered a way to take material from cigarette butts and turn it into a carbon-based material that’s ideal for storing energy and creating a powerful supercapacitor.
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