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November 29, 2010 | Innovations

Researchers at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) are currently working on the development of eco-friendly solid-oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) to power electronic devices. SOFCs will soon be able to†use hydrocarbon fuels such as methane, to power electronics such as laptops or cell phones by converting chemical energy into an electric current. Learn more….

November 24, 2010 | Student Opportunities

The DuPont Challenge is†now accepting entries for its annual†essay competition.† Students in grades 7-12†in the U.S. and Canada can submit essays of between 700 – 1000 words discussing some element of science, technology, engineering or math that has captured their interest.† Prizes include U.S. savings bonds and trips to Walt Disney World Resort and Kennedy Space Center.

November 15, 2010 | Student Opportunities

The International Genetically Engineered Machine competition (iGEM)†hosted by MIT, is†an undergraduate Synthetic Biology competition where engineering and biology students work together to†use engineering principles to†design biological systems and apply them in living cells. Team Slovenia won the 2010 competition with their DNA coding beyond triplets project which used a DNA molecule as an assembly line to increase the speed and yield of the reaction and create new products.† Learn more…

November 8, 2010 | Teacher Resources

Rayethon Company has launced a new website to celebrate the 5th anniversary of the MathMovesU program. The site features science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) oriented interactive games, activities and resources for middle school students, teachers, parents and the general public.

November 4, 2010 | Projects

The Programming Standing Up project, a†NSF-funded partnership between†The University of Texas at San Antonio and the University of Texas at Austin†will†help middle and high school students gain programming skills through hand held computer games.††A game called IPRO will be developed for the Apple iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch which will enable students to program the behavior†of†robotic soccer players on a virtual field.† Learn more

November 3, 2010 | Careers

A new career profile video on TryEngineering.org profiles Engineer Gertjan van Stam, who is working to bring internet connectivity to communities in rural Africa that would otherwise not have access.

This career profile video is brought to you by the IEEE Educational Activities Board, through support from the IEEE Foundation.

October 26, 2010 | Student Opportunities

mooonHigh school and university student teams may now†register†for the annual NASA Great Moonbuggy Race.† In this competition, students must design a two-person†vehicle that can traverse a course of over a half-mile of simulated lunar terrain. Learn more…

October 26, 2010 | Innovations

The first all-robotic surgery was performed at The McGill University University Health Centre in Montreal. Robots performed both the surgery and administered the anesthesia during a prostatectomy. Learn more…

To learn more about robotic surgery check out the Smooth Operator Lesson Plan on TryEngineering.org.

October 26, 2010 | Innovations

E-Z Pass boxes may become a thing of the past,†as the result of the work of†three Drexel University electrical engineering professors.† The trio have developed transparent antennas comprised of conductive polymers that could be printed directly on windshields. Learn more…

October 22, 2010 | Teacher Resources

A new free online engineering†curriculum for middle school students called Talk to Me launches this week at the USA Science and Engineering Festival. The website, developed by Smith College Associate Professor of Engineering Glenn Ellis, features an online novel that introduces students to engineering as they work to unravel a mystery. Learn more…

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