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TryEngineering Today! is dedicated to providing the latest news and information for students, parents, teachers, and counselors interested in engineering, computing technology and related topics.

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January 5, 2017 | Student Opportunities

International Images for Science is calling for images that cover all breadth of science from medicine, forensic science, zoology, engineering, astronomy, all scientific fields. The competition is open to all, RPS members and non-members. There are three age specific categories: Aged 17 and Under, Aged 18 – 25, and Aged 26 and Over.

One hundred images will be selected and printed. The exhibition of 100 prints will tour the UK, commencing in September 2017. All images selected will be printed within an accompanying exhibition catalog. Five medal winners will also be selected and awarded cash prizes. 

International Images for Science is supported by Siemens, please find more information about the sponsor and the Curiosity Project HERE. BBC Focus Magazine are supporting International Images for Science as Media Partner and Metro Imaging as the exhibition's Print Sponsor.

The competition is free to enter and the closing date is Sunday 30th April 2017, Midnight GMT.

Learn more at: https://rps-science.org/events/International-Images-for-Science/

December 21, 2016 | Student Resources

View videos of three IEEE Members who are making a difference and hear their predictions of how careers in engineering, computing, and technology will shape our future. Get an inside look into their exciting work by trying three fun hands-on STEM activities. Download printable resources with tips on how to explore your interests and gain valuable skills and experience.

Learn more: http://tryengineering.org/careers-2030



December 16, 2016 | Student Opportunities

The Paradigm Challenge is an annual competition that inspires youth to use STEM skills plus kindness, creativity, and collaboration to make a difference.  The 2016-17 Challenge aims to generate new ideas to reduce waste in homes, schools, communities, and around the world.

Watch a quick video on how it works.


Youth aged 4 to 18 compete in three age divisions: Ages 4 to 8 ● Ages 9 to 13 ● Ages 14 to 18


We welcome all ideas, including posters, videos, inventions, public messages, community events, websites, mobile apps, or anything else that will help reduce waste.


A blue-ribbon panel of judges will evaluate entries based on effectiveness, feasibility, originality, presentation, and collaboration.  In addition to the prize money, Project Paradigm intends to provide further support to help turn winning ideas into real-world solutions.

The deadline for entries is 1 May 2017. 

Learn more at: http://www.projectparadigm.org/about-the-challenge 

December 9, 2016 | Student Opportunities

Learn basic programming skills with the "Moana: Wayfinding with Code" tutorial on Code.org. The new Disney Hour of Code tutorial uses a visual programming language using blocks where students simply drag and drop visual blocks to write code. Visual programming is a fun and easily understood way to teach the logic of coding. Exposure to visual programming lays the foundation for text-based programming, a more complex activity. The tutorial is targeted for kids ages 8+ and those trying coding for the first time. Available in 23 languages and localized outside of the United States. This tutorial is available free online and includes a digital toolkit in English and Spanish for educators and event organizers.

Check out the tutorial!

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December 5, 2016 | Announcements

Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) is an annual program dedicated to inspiring K-12 students to take interest in computer science. CSEdWeek is held in recognition of the birthday of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper (December 9, 1906).

During CSEdWeek the annual Hour of Code is an opportunity for every student to try computer science for one hour. You can also teach the Hour of Code all year-round. Hour of code tutorials will work on browsers, tablets, smartphones, or "unplugged."

Check out IEEE TryComputing.org (www.trycomputing.org) for computer science lesson plans and Code.org (www.code.org) for Hour of Code tutorials.

To learn more, visit: https://csedweek.org/

Earth in hands
November 23, 2016 | Student Opportunities

Do you have an idea that could Change the World? Engineering is one way in which talent, skills, expertise and imagination can be combined and used to Change the World for the better, both now and in generations to come. These changes could be big and bold, but it is often the smaller, ever evolving ideas that can have the biggest impact. Now you have your chance to make your mark, what would you do to Change the World?

Go to www.farnell.com, select the $1,000 worth of products that will form the basis of your idea and add them to a Shopping Cart. Save the Cart as a CSV file.

Then go to the entry form, write a description of your idea and upload the CSV file.

25 Finalists will be asked to submit a video describing their idea in more detail.

10 Winners will be chosen to receive the $1,000 worth of products that they selected to support their idea and the opportunity to talk to our teams about making their idea a reality.

The final date to submit your entry is the 20th January 2017.

Learn more at: http://element14changetheworld.com/

October 21, 2016 | Student Opportunities

The 6th ISC-HPCAC Student Cluster Competition on June 19-21, 2017, to be featured at ISC 2017, where more than 3,000 attendees and 160 exhibitors from around the globe will meet in Frankfurt, Germany, is an opportunity to showcase student expertise in a friendly yet spirited competition. The competition features small teams that compete to demonstrate the incredible capabilities of state-of- the-art high-performance cluster hardware and software. In a real-time challenge, 12 teams of six undergraduate and/or high school students will build a small cluster of their own design on the ISC exhibit floor and race to demonstrate the greatest performance across a series of benchmarks and applications. The students will have a unique opportunity to learn, experience and demonstrate how high-performance computing influence our world and day-to-day learning. Held in collaboration of the HPC Advisory Council and ISC High Performance organizers, the Student Cluster Competition is designed to introduce the next generation of students to the high performance computing world and community.

The deadline to participate is Friday, Nov 11, 2016

Learn more and submit your proposal at: http://hpcadvisorycouncil.com/events/student-cluster-competition/

September 27, 2016 | Games

Electrical...Mechanical...Civil...Engineers are the inventors and problem solvers of the world. Find out what kind you are by trying our fun new quiz! 


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September 26, 2016 | Teacher Opportunities

IEEE Educational Activities is supporting a new social media campaign to recognize pre-university educators who have creatively implemented any of the 130+ engineering, computing, and technology lesson plans found at TryEngineering.org, TryComputing.org, or TryNano.org!

Have you used a lesson and had a great experience? Share your photos using #IEEELessonsInAction and be sure to let us know which lesson you chose!

We’ll be watching to see what you share, and on a regular basis select inspiring ones to feature on our websites and via social media. Those featured may be selected to receive a certificate and a mini iPad for the classroom! 

Learn more about the full details and official rules at: http://tryengineering.org/photo-contes

September 23, 2016 | Student Opportunities

The Congressional App Challenge (CAC) is a competition aimed at encouraging U.S. high school students to learn how to code by creating their own applications. The Challenge is intended to highlight the value of computer science and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education and encourage students to engage in these fields. By encouraging and recognizing our nation’s young programming talent, Congress hopes to shine a light on the growing importance of these skills.

Representatives Ed Royce (CA-39) and Seth Moulton (MA-06) are serving as congressional co-chairs of the 2016 Congressional App Challenge. The 2016 Congressional App Challenge will take place from July 18, 2016 through November 2, 2016, and is open to all U.S. high school students in participating districts. Challenge participants are invited, either as individuals or as teams 0f up to four, to create and submit their own software application (“app”) for mobile, tablet, or other computing devices on a platform of their choice. A panel of local computer science professionals and congressional representatives will judge the apps, and the winners in each district will have the honor of being recognized by their Congressional representative.

The CAC is coordinated by the Congressional Internet Caucus and the non-governmental sponsor of the project, the Internet Education Foundation.

Learn more here: http://www.congressionalappchallenge.us/



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