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Teacher instructing students on tablets
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! 


model boat
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/


Class working on circuit project
September 16, 2016 | Student Opportunities

The ExploraVision competition for K-12 students engages the next generation in real world problem solving with a strong emphasis on STEM. ExploraVision challenges students envision and communicate new technology 20 years in the future through collaborative brainstorming and research of current science and technology.

ExploraVision is a science competition that goes beyond the typical student science competition and into what it takes to bring ideas to reality. A teacher will sponsor and lead his/her students as they work in groups of 2 – 4 to simulate real research and development. A teacher will guide his or her students as they pick a current technology, research it, envision what it might look like in 20 years, and describe the development steps, pros & cons, and obstacles. Past winners have envisioned technologies ranging from a hand-held food allergen detector to a new device to help people who have lost limbs regain movement in real time.

The project deadline is 6 February 2017. 

Learn more and register


graduation caps
September 2, 2016 | Reports

The need for qualified engineers has never been greater. Engineering schools are increasingly under pressure to build young people’s job readiness as the labor market demands better-skilled workers. Top IEEE educators share their views about diversity and declining enrollment... Read more at IEEE The Institutehttp://bit.ly/2bFmZz4

September 2, 2016 | Student Opportunities

The Zoohackathon is a computer coding and technology intensive event that brings together developers, designers, project managers, and subject matter experts to create applications, systems, and tools to help reduce demand for trafficked wildlife products.

Through Zoohackathon, leading conservation technology zoos in the U.S., UK, Asia and the Pacific will welcome coders and programmers for a two-day session aimed at developing usable solutions to problems solicited from wildlife experts around the world on demand reduction. At the end of the hackathons, teams pitch their ideas to an expert panel of judges. Local winners will receive prizes and winners from each site are also eligible to compete for worldwide prizes.

Coders can register for a local Zoohackathon at: http://www.zoohackathon.com/register/

astronaut robot prototype
August 22, 2016 | Student Opportunities

In the not so distant future, robots will work alongside, as well as in advance of, humans to take on some of our workload, and for scientific discoveries and exploration at distant locations.  Tasks such as deploying and preparing habitats and power systems on Mars before humans arrive; and here on Earth, assisting wtih disaster relief and industrial plant maintenance.

The Space Robotics Challenge focuses on developing software to increase the autonomy of dexterous mobile robots in humanoid format - specifically NASA's R5 robot - so they can complete specific tasks during space travel or after landing on other planets (such as Mars), as well as on Earth. 

Competitors will work within the Virtual Challenge scenario that has been created as a backdrop for developing coding advancements that enable the autonomy of humanoid robotics.

The Challenge is now open for teams to pre-register; registration ends September 16, 2016 (5:00pm EDT). Only approved teams will receive the Official Competitor Packet.

To pre-register visit: https://ninesights.ninesigma.com/web/space-robotics-challenge


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