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February 16, 2017 | Innovations

Senior industrial design major at the Savannah College of Art and Design, Anna Haldewang was given an interesting project by her professor: "create a self-sustainable object that stimulates the growth of plants." Having been struck by reports regarding diminishing honeybee populations, Haldewang wanted to help. In response, she designed Plan Bee, a smartphone-controlled robotic drone designed to mimic the way honeybees pollinate crops and flowers. The small yellow-and-black drone consists of a lightweight “foam core, plastic-shell body, and pair of propellers" for flight. The drone uses suction to retrieve the pollen, which is then held inside the body of the drone, and then deposited onto other plants for cross-pollination later. Haldewang has applied for a patent for her design, and hopes to bring the drone to market in two years. Potential applications for the drone include personal gardening, commercial farming and hydroponic farming. 

Thales Arduino

Project Arduino is a competition that’s designed to give an insight into what it’s like to work at Thales. Students were asked to build their own Thales-inspired project using Arduino, and create a video to promote it. This gave them the opportunity to work with some cutting-edge technology and win some big prizes in the process. The teams featured are already through the initial stages and each represents one of the seven regions which are participating in the competition: France, UK, USA, Netherlands, Singapore and China and Hong Kong.

Now it’s up to you to help decide who will be the global winners. The top three videos with the most votes will be put before a jury of Thales experts to decide who will win a trip to a Thales Research Centre in one of the regions participating and who will be crown global winners of Project Arduino 2016/17!

Check out their videos and vote for your favourite team. Not only will you be helping them to win, you’ll be helping yourself too – because with every vote, you get the chance to win your very own Arduino kit (or an equivalent value prize of shopping vouchers, if you are a Thales employee). Prize winners will be contacted by email by no later than 31st March 2017

So what are you waiting for?




January 30, 2017 | Innovations

There were a number of engineering marvels recognized as part of the 2016 Beazley Designs of the Year Awards hosted by the Design Museum in London. The Design of the Year Award went to the Better Shelter by the Ikea Foundation and the UN Refugee Agency. The shelter, which is able to house a family of five, can be built out of only 68 components in as little as four hours. The structure is comprised of recyclable plastic, and includes a solar panel for lighting and electricity needs. Another winner, the Space Cup designed by the NASA Johnson Space Center and the IRPI LLC enables individuals aboard the International Space Station to experience "earthly drinking" by using capillary forces and surface tension. Lumos by Ew-wen Ding and Jeff Haoran Chen is a smart bicycle helmet that integrates lights, brakes, and turn signals. OpenSurgery by the Royal College of Art (London) and the Kyoto Institute of Technology is a DIY surgical robot made from off-the-shelf and 3D-printed components, which can be operated with a video game controller. 

Read more about the 2016 winners at: https://beazleydesignsoftheyear.com and http://designmuseum.org/


IOT City
January 27, 2017 | Innovations

A growing utilisation of sensors and the expanding IoT continue to make meaningful and useful impacts on society. Today, there are numerous examples of applications that not only make our lives easier, but that also bring both economic and environmental benefits, as well as setting the stage for more low-cost and easy-to-deploy future solutions.

Check out more of this great article on the future of The Internet of Things, by IEEE member Nicholas Kirsch at IoTnews: 


pacemaker x-ray
January 16, 2017 | Innovations

A recent report by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) offered evidence regarding a threat to implantable medical devices: cybersecurity. The report confirmed that St. Jude Medical's pacemakers and defibrillators are vulnerable to hacking. These devices, which control and monitor the heart and help prevent heart attacks, have the potential to be accessed by hackers. Battery depletion, abnormal pacing and electrical shocks are all potential ways with which these devices can be tampered. St. Jude's has developed a patch to correct this particular threat which is now being rolled out. This report however, underscores the importance of considering cybersecurity when designing remotely monitored implantable medical devices. The FDA recently released cybersecurity manufacturing guidelines in December of 2016 to help prevent future gaps in security.

sleeping koala
January 12, 2017 | Student Opportunities

Every year, the EngineerGirl website sponsors a contest dealing with engineering and its impact on our world. The theme of the 2017 contest is Engineering and Animals.

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) maintains a list, known as the IUCN Red List, which ranks the conservation status of thousands of species.  For your essay, choose an animal that is ranked by IUCN as either: vulnerableendangered, or critically endangered. Learn about the animal and consider how engineering might improve life for that species.  

Guidelines for length:  

  • Grades 3–5: 400 to 700 words
  • Grades 6–8: 600 to 1100 words
  • Grades 9–12: 1000 to 1500 words


Submissions will be judged by a slate of volunteers that include professionals from various engineering fields.

Finalists will be judged by the EngineerGirl Steering Committee based on the following criteria:

  1. Effectiveness in communicating ideas and fully addressing the requirements of the contest;
  2. Accurate research and analytical thinking;
  3. Creativity and originality in the content selection and presentation



Winners in each grade category will receive the prizes listed below:

  • First-place winners will be awarded $500.
  • Second-place entries will be awarded $250.
  • Third-place entries will be awarded $100.

All winning entries will be published on the EngineerGirl website.
Honorable Mention entries will not receive a cash award but will be published on the EngineerGirl website.

Submit your essay online by February 1, 2017 at 6:00 pm EST.

For more information and to enter visit: http://www.engineergirl.org/32376.aspx


girl with camera
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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