Most Americans, kids and adults, do not know what engineering is or what engineers do. They don’t know that engineering is a collaborative, creative process that makes a difference in all of our lives—from advances in life-saving medicines to more productive crop yields to clean drinking water.
Engineers Week is a time to make a difference by celebrating our accomplishments and sharing our knowledge, experiences, and enthusiasm. It is a time to turn comments like “I didn’t know that” into exclamations of “I want to do that!”
It is a time to come together and mobilize our colleagues—engineers, engineering students, technicians, and technologist—to volunteer to make a difference by visiting a classroom, recognizing the work of a colleague, or hosting a public event.
Chris Hadfield: What I learned from going blind in space
Col. Chris Hadfield is a phenomenal storyteller. This week, at TED 2014 in Vancouver, he spoke about what he learned about fear when he went blind in space. The video of his presentation is a must watch… unless you’re really, really scared of spiders!
Credit : TED
While looking for some new content I found a great search. This lists basically all the larger social media company’s engineering blogs. Each company usually posts about some of tasks that they take on to keep their respective services running. If you have some time click through and check out a few of the blogs.
Here are a few of them:
While these all mainly deal with web engineering, the concepts of defining the problem, knowing the variables, and building a solution all apply to these sites. They also outline some of the science and data that go into their systems as well. Please check them out if you are interested in what goes into the sites that you might take for granted.
Sharing a lovely meal with friends and family— it’s one of life’s most beautiful experiences. For healthy people, it’s just so simple. You meet up, eat, drink, laugh, and call it a night. For people who have Parkinson’s Disease, or some other tremor, sharing a meal can not only be embarrassing, it can be impossible. Some tremors are so severe, they can’t even feed themselves.
Liftware solves this problem. Watch the video. Such an emotional product is extremely rare. I spoke at the same conference with these guys about a year ago and their video floored me. It’s finally out. Really, really nice work.
Engineering is about identifying a problem, characterizing that problem, finding solutions to that problem and getting those solutions into the possession of those that need them. While it still falls short of curing Parkinson’s disease, I’m extremely proud of my brothers and sisters in the field of Engineering that were able to devise this elegant solution. While engineering skills may not be able to find a cure to Parkinson’s, we sure can apply those skills to alleviating some of the issues surrounding it. I really hope this technology can get into the hands of those who need it.
Whether you’re a weekend hobbyist, a budding maker, or a would-be entrepreneur, you’ve got to have the right 3D printer.
For years after the 9/11 attacks, nearly all the activity at Ground Zero was downward—digging through the piles of debris, excavating a vast pit to restore the ruined transit lines, preparing the foundations for the new buildings that would emerge there. Even the memorial that opened in 2011 was an exercise in the poetics of descent—two vast cubic voids, each with water cascading down all four sides, carrying grief to some underground resting place.
The memorial has turned out to be a lovely thing, but what the site still needed was something that climbed, something that spoke to the idea that emotional burdens might not only be lowered into the ground but also released into the air. Now we have it: One World Trade Center, the glass-and-steel exclamation point, all 1,776 feet of it, is nearing completion close to where the Twin Towers once stood. No doubt the new building’s official dedication will open the way to a necessary debate over its merits as architecture and urbanism, its turbulent design history and the compromises made over the long years it took to get the thing built. But in one important respect, One World Trade Center has already succeeded. It has reclaimed the sky. And this is the view from there.
In case you like troubling news delivered with a side of cute pictures.
It’s the scourge of futurists everywhere: The space elevator can’t seem to shake its image as something that’s just ridiculous, laughed off as the stuff of sci-fi novels and overactive imaginations. But there are plenty of scientists who take the idea quite seriously, and they’re trying to buck that perception.
To that end, a diverse group of experts at the behest of the International Academy of Astronautics completed an impressively thorough study this month on whether building a space elevator is doable. Their resulting report, “Space Elevators: An Assessment of the Technological Feasibility and the Way Forward," found that, in a nutshell, such a contraption is both totally feasible and a really smart idea. And they laid out a 300-page roadmap detailing how to make it happen.
by National Geographic Education
I don’t talk about my work with National Geographic too much on here, but I am one of their Explorers. They made a STEM video about Engineering that I thought was cool enough to share to the tumblrverse.
Printing 3D Arms for Children in Sudan
Learn more at Not Impossible Labs.
April 26 & 27 2014
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mt Vernon Pl NW
The event is free of charge and open to all ages.
The 3rd USA Science & Engineering Festival, the largest science festival in the US, features nationwide contests and school programs, including our popular ‘Nifty Fifty’ science speaker program – presented by InfoComm International. The Festival culminates in a Grand Finale Expo on April 26-27, 2014, with the US News STEM Solutions Conference on April 23-25, and Sneak Peek Friday – presented by the Department of Defense – on April 25. New this year: X-STEM – presented by Northrop Grumman Foundation and MedImmune – an Extreme STEM Symposium for students on April 24.
Google unveils next-generation smartphone device featuring motion and depth sensors. This is really exciting as it offers computational photography to the masses and far more sophisticated Augmented Reality experiences. The prototype device is available now for developers to create something special - video embedded below:
As we walk through our daily lives, we use visual cues to navigate and understand the world around us. We observe the size and shape of objects and rooms, and we learn their position and layout almost effortlessly over time. This awareness of space and motion is fundamental to the way we interact with our environment and each other. We are physical beings that live in a 3D world. Yet, our mobile devices assume that physical world ends at the boundaries of the screen.
The goal of Project Tango is to give mobile devices a human-scale understanding of space and motion.
You can find out more at the Project Tango website here