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The Adaptive Use Bridge Project
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The Adaptive Use Bridge Project website is a repository for work being conducted at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in which historic iron bridges are rehabilitated, documented, and analyzed. The purpose of the project is to preserve the civil engineering heritage of New England and to develop instructional material for use in undergraduate civil engineering curricula. Upon completion of this long-term project, a protocol for adaptive pedestrian use of historic bridges will be created.

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Chemistry
Material Type:
Case Study
Data Set
Diagram/Illustration
Lecture Notes
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NCAR Staff
Provider Set:
Engineering and Technology Gateways and Resources
Author:
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
BioTrek: Biotechnology Outreach
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BioTrek is the science outreach program of the Biotechnology Center of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and University of Wisconcin Extension. Biotrek is dedicated to bioscience education, with emphasis on the State of Wisconsin. The organization's web site features teaching tools (activities, videos, posters, and other items) for educators in biological topics such as DNA, food science, and biotechnology. There is also information on BioTrek's traveling events, such as Exploration Stations (hands-on exhibits for the public), and Science Exploration Days (hands-on activities held in schools). Other materials include information on workshops and tours, the "WisconsIngenuity" page of special-interest stories about invention, innovation, and enterprise, and a set of links to related web sites.

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Education
Life Science
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Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Lecture Notes
Simulation
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NCAR Staff
Provider Set:
Engineering and Technology Gateways and Resources
Author:
University of Wisconsin Biotechnology Center
BrainPOP Technology: Innovations, Invention, and Discoveries
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This collection of interactive features and animated movies introduces students (grades 3-12) to inventions and technological innovations. Categories covered are communications, computers and the internet, energy, simple machines, science and industry, simple machines, and transportation.

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
Lecture Notes
Provider:
NCAR Staff
Provider Set:
Engineering and Technology Gateways and Resources
Design Squad
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This television program, intended to increase students' awareness of and interest in engineering, takes the form of a competition in which teams of contestants work together to design and build solutions to various engineering problems. In the final episode of the season, the top scorers compete for the grand prize, a college scholarship. The program's website features information on the design challenges the contestants address, cast biographies, instructions on how to build some of the projects designed by the cast, games, and videos. The parents and educators page features information on the website, activities based on the program's design challenges, an educator's guide with curriculum materials, and links to printable resources to be used with the activities.

Subject:
Engineering
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Game
Unit of Study
Provider:
NCAR Staff
Provider Set:
Engineering and Technology Gateways and Resources
ElectroSim 2.0: Interactive Simulations of Basic Electronic and Operational Amplifier Circuits
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ElectroSim 2.0 is a collection of theory-based interactive simulations of simple electronic circuits, suitable for a course in elementary practical instrumentation electronics; the simulations were created for use in an "Electronics for Chemists" course at the University of Maryland. Available for free download, the software can be used on Macintosh or Windows computers (a special utility is required to run it under Windows). Over twenty common analog circuits are included in the package. For each simulation, properties such as voltage, resistance, current, and capacitance can be changed to see how particular circuits behave under different operating conditions. There are easy to follow instructions and simple controls.

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Engineering
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Interactive
Provider:
NCAR Staff
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
Engineering and Technology Gateways and Resources
Chemistry Gateways and Resources
Author:
Professor Tom O'Haver
Energy3D Computer-Aided Design and Fabrication Tool for Making Model Buildings
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Energy3D presents an easy-to-use 3D user interface for designing model buildings. Students can quickly sketch up a house, a building, or even a village. Energy3D allows students to "print out" a design, cut out the pieces, and use them to assemble a physical model.

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Education
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Interactive
Provider:
NCAR Staff
Provider Set:
Engineering and Technology Gateways and Resources
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The Concord Consortium
Engineering: Go For It
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This on-line and print magazine opens up the world of engineering for students, their parents, teachers, and counselors. It has current news, stories of engineering students, and good advice about colleges. The K-12 teachers section is an excellent resource for educators, packed with lesson plans, activities, summer programs, and suggestions for professional development. A link is provided to sign up to receive a free teacher and/or student on-line newsletter every two weeks.

Subject:
Engineering
Education
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Game
Lesson Plan
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
NCAR Staff
Provider Set:
Engineering and Technology Gateways and Resources
Author:
American Society for Engineering Education
Engineering Stories
Conditions of Use:
Read the Fine Print
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What do engineers do? How do they think? What do they create? Engineering Stories are free Realistic Fiction, short story dramatizations allowing the reader to experience the challenges and satisfaction of being an engineer, inventor, or scientist. Stories are based off author experience and the experiences of his peers. Stories all the reader to listen into the mind of an engineer, see how they think, observe how they might behave, understand what makes them tick. The objective is to encourage students to consider careers in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM), show what it may be like, dispel a myth or two, and encourage creativity, problem solving, and the confidence to make the world a better place.

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Education
Mathematics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Reading
Provider:
NCAR Staff
Provider Set:
Engineering and Technology Gateways and Resources
Author:
Ken Hardman
FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology)
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For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring students' interest in science and technology. FIRST programs include technology-oriented competitions and challenges in which students participate in teams, assisted by mentors, to design and build robots and meet other technological challenges. The FIRST web site includes an overview of the organization, descriptions of its science and technology competitions, and information for sponsors and participants.

Subject:
Computing and Information
Engineering
Technology
Education
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
NCAR Staff
Provider Set:
Engineering and Technology Gateways and Resources
Author:
Dean Kamen
Fidgit
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DESIGNiT, BUILDiT, FIDGiT is an exciting puzzle game where you solve challenges and save tiny creatures called Fidgits! Think fast and manipulate blocks, springs, funnels, and other objects to bring the Fidgits home safely. Fidgits bounce and roll with a real physics engine! Includes a library of brain-teasing challenges, ability to make your own custom levels, and share with friends: sandbox-style play with countless combinations.

Subject:
Engineering
Education
Material Type:
Game
Provider:
NCAR Staff
Provider Set:
Engineering and Technology Gateways and Resources
Author:
PBS Kids
Free online engineering books
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Freebookcentre.net's engineering section contains links to many technical books offered free online, either as html pages or downloadable pdfs. Books are arranged by subject: circuits, diodes, communication systems, semiconductors, solid state devices, microprosessors, logic design, basic electronics, and others.

Subject:
Engineering
Provider:
NCAR Staff
Provider Set:
Engineering and Technology Gateways and Resources
IRTube: Infrared Imaging Experiments
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This website is a collection of easy-to-do experiments which use an affordable handheld IR camera (under $900) to visualize invisible energy flows and transformations. Using this "desktop remote sensing" approach, thermal energy can be readily "seen." Other types of energy that convert into thermal energy can be inferred from thermal signals. Hence, many invisible physical, chemical, and biological processes that absorb or release heat can be visualized, discovered, and investigated.

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Education
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
NCAR Staff
Provider Set:
Engineering and Technology Gateways and Resources
Author:
Charles Xie
The Concord Consortium
Lab Exercises: Digital Signal Processing with Field Programmable Gate Arrays
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This website features a collection of eight laboratory experiments in the use of Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs), user-configurable semiconductor devices, for digital signal processing (DSP). The labs cover both leading FPGA vendors (Xilinx and Altera), provide a MatLab/Simulink-based design flow and are intended for use in university-level classes in electrical and computer engineering. Site materials include downloadable files in two versions compatible with each vendor's devices, and student worksheets.

Subject:
Engineering
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
NCAR Staff
Provider Set:
Engineering and Technology Gateways and Resources
Author:
Dr. Uwe Meyer-Baese
Molecular Expressions: Exploring the World of Optics and Microscopy
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This image collection features an extensive selection of photomicrographs, pictures taken with optical microscopes. The photos are arranged into galleries by subject: silicon molecules, pharmaceuticals, DNA, birthstones, and many others. There are also collections of wallpaper and screensavers for Windows and Macintosh computers. The collection home page features a selection of links to course materials and tutorials on microscope and imaging technniques, new image collections, and new microscope technology.

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Life Science
Chemistry
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Full Course
Lesson Plan
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AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
NCAR Staff
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AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Engineering and Technology Gateways and Resources
Author:
Davidson, Michael W.
NASA Kids' Club
Conditions of Use:
Read the Fine Print
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This site features interactive games (for Grades K-4) on the solar system, rockets, addition, guess what number I'm thinking of, and NASA spinoffs (everyday items developed from NASA research). A teachers' area links to guides for teaching about clouds, precipitation, energy, winds, weather, planetary geology, flight, the Wright brothers, rockets, the electromagnetic spectrum, and careers.

Subject:
Engineering
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Game
Interactive
Provider:
NASA
NCAR Staff
NSDL Staff
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
Provider Set:
Engineering and Technology Gateways and Resources
Space Sciences Gateways and Resources
DLESE Community Collection
Nano, Quantum, and Statistical Mechanics and Thermodynamics: Data and Property Calculation Websites
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This collection of links provides access to web sites associated with nano, quantum, and statistical mechanics and thermodynamics. The links are arranged by type: data sites, calculation/program download sites, organizations involved with data compilation and property calculation, and bibliographies.

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Chemistry
Physics
Provider:
NCAR Staff
Provider Set:
Engineering and Technology Gateways and Resources
Author:
G. A. Mansoori
Nano, Quantum, and Statistical Mechanics and Thermodynamics: Educational Sites
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This collection of links provides access to web sites associated with nano, quantum, and statistical mechanics and thermodynamics. The links are arranged by type: basic principles (including classical thermodynamics), nano, quantum, and statistical mechanics, mathematical techniques, applications, and references.

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Chemistry
Physics
Provider:
NCAR Staff
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
Engineering and Technology Gateways and Resources
Chemistry Gateways and Resources
Author:
G. A. Mansoori
Nanotechnology
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This site provides an overview of nanotechnology, a manufacturing technology at the atomic or molecular scale, intended to make products lighter, stronger, cleaner, less expensive and more precise. It describes what nanotechnology is, what its advantages are, and provides a selection of links to books and other publications, conferences and events, and online resources in nanotechnology.

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Physics
Provider:
NCAR Staff
Provider Set:
Engineering and Technology Gateways and Resources
Author:
Dr. Ralph Merkle
National Nanotechnology Initiative
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The National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) is a U.S. federal program established to coordinate the research and development efforts of multiple government agencies in nanoscale science, engineering, and technology. Site materials include an overview of nanotechnology and its uses, information on research programs, links to journals and online resources, and a discussion on safety and responsibility in nanoscale research. The site's education center describes and links to nanotechnology sites for science teachers and students at intermediate and high-school levels and provides information on higher-education programs and degrees in nanotechnology. The site also includes information on funding opportunities, news items, and information on NNI participating agencies.

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Education
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Internet Scout Project
NCAR Staff
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Internet Scout Project
Engineering and Technology Gateways and Resources
Author:
Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology (NSET) Subcommittee
Optical Microscopy Primer
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This tutorial provides an introduction to optical microscopy and imaging. Topics include the physics of light and color, the anatomy of optical microscopes, and film and digital techniques for capturing microscopic images. There is also information on more advanced optical techniques, information on specific microscopes, and an online museum of ancient to modern instruments. Many of these pages feature embedded interactive Java and Flash tutorials designed to provide comprehensive examples of the phenomenon under study. Other materials include image galleries, links to books and articles, online resources, and a bibliography of reference materials used in creating the tutorial.

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Life Science
Physics
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
Provider:
NCAR Staff
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
Engineering and Technology Gateways and Resources
Physics Gateways and Resources
Author:
Dr. Michael W. Davidson