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October 12, 2011 | Teacher Resources

Eleven new free hands-on lesson plans that reinforce key engineering/nanotechnology concepts while building students’ critical thinking, team building and problem solving skills are now available on TryEngineering.org! Each lesson includes: educational objectives/outcomes; education standards alignment; recommended ages; a list of simple materials; step by step instructions; background information; student worksheets; and internet resources/recommended reading.

Water Tower Challenge
Blast Off!
Get It Write
Stop And Go
Be A Scanning Probe Microscope
Pendulum Time
Tennis Anyone?
Fizzy Nano Challenge
Failure: Seeds of Innovation
Folding Matters
Chair Lift Challenge

October 4, 2011 | Innovations

An electric car built by engineering students at Brigham Young University set the world

September 27, 2011 | Projects, Student Opportunities

Irish student Alexander Amini, won top honors in the engineering category at the†23rdwoman_playing_tennis European Union Contest for Young Scientists. Amini developed a sensor system to track speed, orientation, and†13 different stroke types with over 95% accuracy. In addition to sports, the system has applications in both emergency medicine and physical therapy.††

To†learn more about engineering in sports†check out TryEngineering.org’s Tennis Anyone? lesson.

September 21, 2011 | Innovations

monitored_patientEngineers at the University of Utah have developed a system which can accurately monitor patients’ breathing without the need for connection to wires. The engineers placed 20 wireless tranceivers around the perimeter of a bed, sending crisscrossing signals on a patient lying in the bed. The breathing motion of the patient’s chest and abdomen impeded the intersecting signals, which were then translated into breathing rate. The system can capture 380 individual measurements of patients’ breathing and is as accurate as wired systems. The network has the potential for use with†post-surgical patients, patients with sleep apnea, and infants at risk for SIDS.

September 13, 2011 | Student Opportunities

IEEE-USA is launching the organization’s fifth online engineering video competition for girl_with_cameraU.S. college students on “How Engineers Make a World of Difference.” IEEE-USA will present awards, in four categories totaling $5,000, to U.S. undergraduate and graduate students. Students are challenged to create the most effective two-minute video clips reinforcing in a personal profile — for an 11-to-13-year-old “tweener” audience — how engineers improve the world. Entries must be submitted through YouTube by midnight Eastern Time on Friday, 27 January 2012. Learn more…

August 31, 2011 | Innovations

bulletUtah State researcher Randy Lewis developed a way to manufacture silk fibers using goats and silkworms injected with spiders’ genes. The silk was then woven together with human skin cells by Dutch artist Jalila Essaidi†to create “skin” capable of stopping .22 caliber bullets fired at low speed. The “bulletproof skin” may someday help surgeons repair large wounds and create artificial ligaments and tendons.

August 25, 2011 | Careers

Check out the IEEE Solutionists series

August 18, 2011 | Innovations

Researchers at Stanford and Harvard universities have developed a new organic semiconductor material that may soon make flexible electronic displays in devices such as tablets and e-readers, a reality. Although flexible, the biggest obstacle with previously developed organic semiconductors has been that they cannot match the speed and durability of inorganic semiconductors such as silicon. The team of researchers was able to modify an organic semiconductor known as DNTT to improve its speed, which when tested, was 30 times faster than the amorphous silicon used computer monitors and flat panel TVs. One of the first applications of the new organic semiconductor may be in high-efficiency organic solar cells.

August 8, 2011 | Innovations

Researchers at the University of Washington have developed software that can transform digital photographs into animations of a person’s face. The software can show transitions between a person’s facial expressions or show how a person’s face has changed over time. The software is currently being applied in Picasa’s Face Movie photo application. Check out the video below for a demonstration and an explanation of the technology behind the tool.

Exploring Photobios from Ira Kemelmacher on Vimeo.

July 26, 2011 | Innovations

Engineering students from Brigham Young University have developed a human-powered drilling rig

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