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Tim Balz: Student & Freedom Chairs Founder

Tufts OKEE engineering programAs a high school sophomore, Tim Balz refurbished his first motorized wheelchair and gave it to a fellow student. Today, Freedom Chairs, the nonprofit he founded and continues to run as a mechanical engineering student at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, has distributed 130 wheelchairs worldwide while he has won awards as a wheelchair innovator and entrepreneur.

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Survival Course

Odd Man Out Prism May 2014 coverAfrican-American males represent a sliver of engineering enrollment. More could succeed if schools understood what it takes to beat the odds. In its summer 2014 cover story, ASEE’s Prism magazine explores the challenges and experiences of black engineering students, including their lessons for higher education.

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ASEE K-12 Engineering Workshop 2016

ASEE 2015 K12 workshop teachers making circuitsWhether you’re seeking fun, immediately useful ways to enrich your STEM, literacy, or art classes or an opportunity to network and learn alongside STEM teachers and engineering faculty from across the country, the American Society for Engineering Education’s annual K-12 Workshop is the place to be.
WHERE: New Orleans Convention Center, Louisiana
WHEN: June 25, 2016
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
New this year: A curriculum exchange and half-day Sunday workshop on integrating STEM through making!

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‘Bot Diggity: r-one Robots For All

Bot Diggity robotsThey clean floors, deliver drinks, fetch like puppies, even tell jokes. But can personal robots improve engineering education?

James McLurkin, an assistant professor of computer science at Rice University, certainly thinks so. And no wonder. The pioneer of swarming robotics has seen his bagel-size ’bot transform an introductory engineering course into an unabashedly fun way to convey circuits, mechanics, and other core concepts.

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Engineering Students Design Toys

Purdue students designing toys 2011Can toys inspire more kids – especially girls – to become engineers? Purdue University mechanical engineering students think so, and they are designing and building high-tech educational toys that make science and engineering fun.

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USA Science & Engineering Festival 2012

sciengfestAmerica’s stars of science and engineering will descend on Washington, D.C., this month for the 2nd annual USA Science & Engineering Festival, April 28-29. This year’s festival features more than 3,000 hands-on activities along with TV celebrities like Bill Nye, PBS’s “science guy.” New this year: a science and engineering book fair and career pavilion for high school students.

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Many Quit Engineering & Science Majors

empty college classroomFor years, politicians, business leaders, and educators have made graduating more engineers and teachers with science and math degrees a national priority. Now, the number of college freshmen interested in majoring in a STEM field is on the rise. However, roughly 40 percent of students planning to major in engineering and science end up switching to other subjects or failing to get any degree.

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