Posted on December 8th, 2016 by Mary Lord
NASA’s second annual OPSPARC Challenge asks students in grades 3 to 12 to identify everyday items that were first developed for a space mission and then imagine a new humanitarian purpose for that technology. Deadline for submission is February 10, 2017.
That question lies at the heart of NASA’s Optimus Prime Spinoff and Research Challenge, a contest that asks students in grades 3 to 12 to identify and dream up a new purpose for technology first developed for a space mission.
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Posted on June 3rd, 2016 by Mary Lord
From manufacturing to fashion to reconstructive medicine, 3-D printing is changing the way America does business. ASEE’s Prism magazine has reported on this breakthrough technology in a series of articles. Check out these examples.
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Tags: 3D printing, additive manufacturing, advanced manufacturing, body parts, fashion, industry, makers movement, making, medicine, Technology
Posted on September 24th, 2015 by Mary Lord
If NASA loves the The Martian, it may be because the 21st Century Fox film starring Matt Damon draws on real-life technologies the U.S. space agency already has or is developing for a manned mission to Mars.
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Posted on June 27th, 2015 by Mary Lord
On July 1, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History will open its new innovation wing, with interactive exhibits and programs focused on the theme of U.S. enterprise, business, and invention. The centerpiece of the 45,000-square-foot space is the studio of Ralph Baer, inventor of the home video game.
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Posted on January 5th, 2015 by Mary Lord
The Young Mind Awards are a global competition for middle and high school students to inspire interest in becoming innovators and engineers. Teams or individuals design and build a product to solve a problem or improve a process, then demonstrate how it works in a three-minute video presentation. Entries are due May 31, 2015.
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Tags: Contest, Design, Electrical, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical engineering, research and development, Technology, wireless, Young Minds Design Awards
Posted on November 24th, 2014 by Mary Lord
What is a current or emerging problem that can be solved by connecting more devices and everyday objects to the Internet or other networks? Young woman between the ages of 13 and 18 who like to take a creative approach to projects will find the Cisco Internet of Things World Forum Young Women’s Innovation Grand Challenge is for them!
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Tags: Cisco, Competitions for Students, Contest, girls in STEM, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12, Internet of Things, STEAM, Technology, young women
Posted on April 21st, 2014 by Mary Lord
One day, we may be lugging our own personal wind turbines. International design company frog has unsheathed an umbrella-size, portable wind turbine called Revolver that can generate enough juice from a faint breeze to power a laptop, small light, or radio, or recharge a cellphone or other small electronic gadget.
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Tags: Alternative Energy, Braun, Design, Sustainability, Technology, Wind Energy, wind power
Posted on October 29th, 2013 by Mary Lord
ExploraVision is a K-12 science competition that focuses on what it takes to bring ideas to reality. Student teams envision what a current technology might look like in 20 years and describe the development steps, pros and cons, and obstacles. Sponsored by the National Science Teachers Association and Toshiba, this year’s contest is linked to the Next Generation Science Standards.
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Posted on September 25th, 2013 by Mary Lord
In this activity, students working in pairs learn basic computer programming and software engineering concepts by building an obstacle course, then steering a blindfolded friend through it by using a series of commands. They re-run the maze to improve on their “program.”
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Tags: Class Activities, coding, Computer Programming, Grades 6-8, Grades K-5, Lesson Plans, Mathematics, Robotics, software engineering, Technology