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December 26, 2012 | Innovations

A new activity monitoring tool known as Sqord combines computer games, social media, and exercise to tackle the childhood obesity epidemic.

December 6, 2012 | Announcements

Press Release

Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India; 13 November 2012.

The IEEE and the B. M. Birla Science Centre in Hyderabad launched Exhibits 2012, the First IEEE International Symposium on Cost-Effective Museum Exhibits in Engineering and Applied Science. Co-Chaired by long-time IEEE volunteers Moshe Kam and V. Prasad Kodali, the symposium brings together nearly 100 experts and practitioners from Museums of Science and Technology and Natural History in 12 countries.

These experts will discuss the future of cost-effective Science Centers for pre-university education in engineering, technology, computing, and applied science. The site for the symposium, the B.M. Birla Science Centre in Hyderabad is the focus of ongoing IEEE efforts to develop, build, present and maintain state-of-the-art exhibits in various engineering disciplines, including robotics, electro-optics, power and energy and aerospace technology to serve the 80,000 students who visit the Centre every year.

The symposium was opened by Dr. A P J Kalam, the 11th President of India, who visited the IEEE Exhibits Wing of the Centre and met with the developers of the systems and artifacts on view. These developers included professional engineers, as well as high school students and their teachers. In his address to symposium participants, President Kalam emphasized the need to expand the IEEE Exhibits pilot beyond Hyderabad and Andhra Pradesh to other Science Centers in India and the world, and the need to develop accessible on-line science laboratories.

October 10, 2012 | Announcements

EPICS ProjectThe IEEE EPICS Around the Globe Virtual Conference:

  • is a one day event that†showcases the global reach of the Engineering Projects In Community†Service (EPICS) program and previews a new virtual learning platform
  • features knowledgeable speakers from Purdue University and IEEE alongside IEEE student branches who have successfully implemented an EPICS project
  • allows registrants to select from Beginner and Advanced†tracks of participation
  • features†a trade show floor with booths from conference sponsors, IEEE entities, and Student Branches
  • has meeting room space for opportunities to converse with fellow attendees

The event will take place on Saturday, 27 October 2012 at†8:45 AM EST.

Questions? Contact:†epicsvirtual@ieee.org

September 25, 2012 | Uncategorized

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September 17, 2012 | Events

IEEE Day is a global event to be held on 2 October 2012, under the theme “Engineering the Future and Beyond”, on the anniversary of the first time IEEE members gathered to share their technical ideas in 1884. The day encourages professionals and students around the world to work together to explore engineering through events, activities, and competitions. Learn more by visiting the Web sites below:



September 10, 2012 | Announcements

IEEE TryComputing.org IEEE, the world’s largest technical professional organization has launched a new, online pre-university computing education portal to raise awareness of and spark student interest in computing and associated careers.†IEEE Educational Activities and the IEEE Computer Society developed IEEE TryComputing.org to make computing education resources available for pre-university teachers, school counselors, parents, and students all over the world.

To learn more, visit www.trycomputing.org

September 5, 2012 | Uncategorized

TryEngineering.org’s 100+ free hands-on lesson plans reinforce key engineering concepts while building students’ critical thinking, team building and problem solving skills.

Here are a few of the latest additions to the lesson plan collection:

Telescoping Periscope
Planting with Precision
Life Vest Challenge
Conveyor Engineering

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August 31, 2012 | Innovations

Researchers at MIT and the University of Pennsylvania have engineered skeletal muscle cells that flex in response to light. This advancement may someday make possible the development of highly articulated robots combining biology and technology. Although muscle cells can be stimulated by applying electrical current using electrodes, this approach can be cumbersome when applied to small robotic devices. To create the photoresponsive muscle cells, the researchers genetically modified them to express a light activated protein. The resulting muscle tissue exhibited a wide range of motion, capable of 10 degrees of freedom within less than a millimeter. This ability to control muscle cells wirelessly“ and with such great flexibility may have a number of applications. For example, it could be used to develop endoscopic robots that can navigate tight spaces within the body or in testing pharmaceuticals for motor-related diseases.

August 20, 2012 | Parent resources

Three Stanford graduate engineering students have started a company called Maykah, which develops toys aimed at encouraging girls in science, technology, engineering, and math. The students are developing the toys through StartX; an accelerator intended to cultivate “Stanford’s top entrepreneurs through experiential education”. Roominate, the company’s first toy enables young girls to build and wire a dollhouse using miniature circuits.

August 10, 2012 | Innovations

A team of professors and students at the University of Tennessee developed the ultra tough microchips used to control motors on NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory RoverCuriosity.†Eighty of these paperclip-sized Quad Operational Amplifier (op amp) microchips are used to power the rover’s forty motors. The chips enable Curiosity to carry out motorized tasks including moving about the Martian surface, taking photos with its camera, or gathering samples with its robotic arm. The team engineered the chip to withstand over a year’s worth of radiation exposure and temperatures swings ranging from minus 120 degrees Celsius to positive 20 degrees Celsius, which occur on Mars each day. The team completed a variety of rigorous tests on the chips, including baking them in thermal ovens to ensure that they could stand up to the extreme temperatures. These amazing microchips are a culmination of three years of effort by the engineering team.


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