Only one person was credited for the 1794 invention
of the cotton gin - Eli Whitney. But who else contributed to the development of
this important mechanism? This class activity prompts students to consider the
sometimes complicated process of invention, patents, and public recognition.
Engineers, scientists, and mathematicians of color have helped shape American invention since the early days of the republic. In the 18th century, Benjamin Banneker built clocks, predicted a solar eclipse, and surveyed the nation's capitol. Here, we spotlight Banneker and six other innovators.
The Obama administration will seek to
boost the Department of Education's budget by $4 billion, with key monies
directed to expanding the Race to the Top grant program, and to overhauling No
Child Left Behind.
Getting ready for
football this weekend? Check out Notre Dame's fun new version, minus the helmets,
pads, or injuries. This Blue and Gold competition is between robotic teams controlled
by mechanical engineering students. Winners take home the Brian Hederman
Memorial Award, named for a student who suffered an untimely death in
In celebration of National Engineers Week, February 14-20, 2010, eGFI is offering a free poster and 5 additional copies of eGFI magazine for every order of 25 magazines ($100). To order, go to the eGFI store, request any multiple of 25 magazines, and type "EWeek" in the box marked "Other." Leave the poster quantity blank -- we'll know to send you one! This offer will be valid through February 20, 2010.