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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Photonics Wiki is large collection of articles, images and media assembled by the NSF Center for Material and Devices for Information Technology Research (CMDITR). It covers core concepts in photonics, non-linear optics and devices as well as other professional development resources for undergraduate and graduate level.
Xtreme Engineering is what you get with the Society of Automotive Engineers Collegiate Design Competitions. Go beyond textbook theory by designing, building and testing the performance of a real vehicle. Join other undergraduate and graduate students from around the globe in exciting and intense competitions. This site provides links to information on registering, dates, organizers and results for five different competitions.
Learn about careers, education, and research in water and environmental engineering from diverse undergraduate and graduate engineering students. See what excites them about their future careers. Learn what engineers do, observe first hand student research projects on cleaning up wastewater and oil spills. Gives advice to students from students about engineering careers and training. Answers the questions "Is engineering too hard?" and "Are engineers geeks?"
These 16 radar education modules, developed for the Weather Radar and Instrumentation Curriculum at the University of Oklahoma, provide hands-on instruction for beginning, intermediate, or advanced students to learn about radar systems, especially weather radar. Topics include hardware, weather radar, adaptive systems, advanced hydrometeors, applications of weather radar, and atmospheric interpretations. The modules may be downloaded.