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Robotics Competition Rallies Student Interest in STEM

January 21, 2014
By Maryann Lawlor

The U.S. Army recently encouraged science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education by sponsoring a robotics contest for Texas middle and high school students.

Student Programmer Competition Promotes Creativity, Diversity

January 16, 2014
By Helen Mosher

A competition for student programmers will recognize the importance of other disciplines and focus areas than the ones commonly associated with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), such as art (design), diversity and digital literacy. “Dream it. Code it. Win it.” is organized by MIT and TradingScreen and will award more than $50,000 in scholarships and prizes to winners of the competition.

Florida State University Receives Funding for New STEM Teaching Program

January 10, 2014
By Helen Mosher

Florida State University (FSU) has received more than $14 million in grants to create a program that will provide focused training, resources and support to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) teachers. FSU’s Florida Center for Research in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (FCR-STEM) and its partners are creating FCR-STEMLearn with the new grants from the Florida Department of Education. 

 

U.S. Naval Academy Summer Programs

January 2, 2014

Future naval officers should check out the U.S. Naval Academy’s 2014 summer offerings and prepare to apply.

Stevens Institute of Technology Receives $60 Million Contract

December 20, 2013

The Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC) led by Stevens Institute of Technology has received a $60 million, five-year IDIQ renewal contract from the U.S. Defense Department. With this second five-year contract, the SERC will extend or introduce 11 long-term research programs in four research thrusts: Enterprises and Systems of Systems; Trusted Systems; Systems Engineering and Systems Management Transformation; and Human Capital Development.

Stevens Institute of Technology Receives $60 Million Contract

December 20, 2013

The Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC) led by Stevens Institute of Technology has received a $60 million, five-year IDIQ renewal contract from the U.S. Defense Department. With this second five-year contract, the SERC will extend or introduce 11 long-term research programs in four research thrusts: Enterprises and Systems of Systems; Trusted Systems; Systems Engineering and Systems Management Transformation; and Human Capital Development.

NASA Grants Support Interactive STEM Exhibits for Students

December 19, 2013
By Rachel Lilly

NASA has selected 10 education organizations to share approximately $7.7 million in grants with the hope of attracting more students to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers. The money will go toward interactive exhibits, virtual worlds, professional development activities and community-based programs.

Nanowire-Based Memory Technology Records Movement, Pressure

December 1, 2013
By Henry S. Kenyon

Physical movement stored as memory in a microchip could lead to advances in touch screens, robot control devices and medical implants. Researchers are arraying nanowires on a microchip to form a write-read memory cell as part of ongoing work that could convert motions, such as a hand in a glove or pressing a display, into memory. Moving or putting pressure on the nanowires creates an electrical current that can be read and recorded as memory. Arrays of such cells offer the potential for a variety of user interface applications and for new ways to convert mechanical or biological actions into electronic data.

Developed by researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), the piezoelectrically modulated resistive memory (PRM) system relies on the piezoelectric effect, where some materials, in this case zinc oxide nanowires, will generate electrical current when they are put under pressure or moved, which causes them to temporarily bend or deform. Piezoelectric materials also create mechanical strain (movement) when they are exposed to an electric current. PRM technology allows the creation of a new type of transistor that is switched on or off through movement or mechanical activity, explains Zhong Lin Wang, regents professor in Georgia Tech’s School of Material Science and Engineering in Atlanta.

Current memory systems, such as flash memory, are mainly if not entirely electronic, Wang says. But PRM technology allows the direct writing of electrical or optical memory through physical means. “Once you introduce the piezoelectric effect into the memory, you talk about the memory of strain and stress,” Wang notes.

Abu Dhabi Science Festival Influences Technical Education in the Middle East

November 18, 2013
By Rita Boland

The third Abu Dhabi Science Festival runs this year from November 14 to 23, with more than 25,000 students expected to attend. The children will participate in workshops, shows and interactive exhibits that will expose them to various scientific disciplines.

The Bottom Line: Revolution Through Evolution

November 15, 2013
By Maryann Lawlor

The bottom line is that today's military structure is not set up to foster creative solutions and incorporate them into the bureaucracy, but a revolution quietly erupted in October. More than 80 innovators came together to discuss their ideas about how to solve some of the military's most vexing problems.

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