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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The web site of SPIE (originally the Society of Photographic Instrumentation Engineers), an international membership society dedicated to research and support in fields that utilize some aspect of optics and photonics (the science and application of light). The site features general information on SPIE's membership and mission, news articles, and event announcements. It includes a publications database, searchable by keyword, title, author/editor, volume, or ISBN, of research papers, conference proceedings, journals, and many other publications. There is also a resources page that provides access to tools for industry, professional development materials for students and teachers, and classroom resources on optics and photonics for educators.
This site provides links to engineering-related news articles from a variety of outlets and journals. Sources featured on the site must be freely accessible to online readers and are ranked by the editors based on reliability, timeliness, extent of coverage, multidisciplinary coverage, follow-up, and presentation. The main page features links to the day's headlines, a listing of the editors' top five resources for engineering news coverage, and a selection of tools and resources, including a literature search; online tools and references such as unit conversion tools and a language translation tool; and links to journals and databases, career information, and conferences.
This tool simulates software engineering environments with the goal of bridging the gap between the conceptual knowledge given to students in lectures and the comparably small amount of knowledge they get to put into practice in an associated "toy" software engineering project. SimSE allows students to practice a virtual software engineering process in a fully graphical, interactive, and fun setting with direct feedback enabling them to learn the cause-and-effect relationships underlying the process of software engineering. It takes the form of a single-player game in which the student assumes the role of project manager of a team of developers. As the player manages the process of completing a task, he or she can hire and fire employees, assign tasks to them, monitor their progress, purchase tools, and perform other functions. The downloads page provides access to zipped files for the model builder, selected models, source code, games, and documentation.
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.