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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!

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/


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