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Last December we shared the story of Team MechFly - a  group of Mechanical Engineering students from the National University of Singapore who, using equipment provided by element14, were hoping to develop a lightweight Micro Air Vehicle (MAV) to compete in the Singapore Amazing Flying Machine Competition.   We're happy to report that the team were successful in taking their design to the competition, where they were awarded the Championship Prize in the category of Unconventional Desig ...
12  Mechanical Engineering undergraduates from the National University of Singapore (NUS) are working with Farnell element14 to design and build flapping wing micro air vehicles (MAVs) with the aim of participating in two major design competitions in 2018. 'Team MechFly' hope to enter the Singapore Amazing Flying Machine Competition (SAFMC) in March and April of next year, followed by the Taiwan Innovative Unmanned Aircraft Design Competition (TIUADC) in April.   Farnell element14's ...
  What do a flying tiger, fighting robots, a bonsai tree that does yoga, a 30ft balloon sculpture and a band that plays music on reclaimed electric items have in common?   The answer is that they were all things that could all be seen at this week's Maker Faire event in Tokyo. element14's Jonathan Smith and KC Chung were in attendance for the Japanese launch of the BBC micro:bit, and had an opportunity to experience this unique event up close.   Maker Faire Tokyo 2017 was held ...
  STEM institutes in the UK have the chance to win a lab makeover worth up to £3,500 as part of a new competition from element14 and Keysight.   Schools, Universities and Education-focused charities can submit their establishment via Onecall or Farnell UK for the chance to win a brand new set of tools and components for their lab, including five InfiniVision 1000 X-Series Oscilloscopes from Keysight, worth over £600 each.   This competition reflects element14's long ...
Communication technology giants Verizon recently announced the winners of their annual Innovative Learning App Challenge, in which middle and high school students across America are challenged to develop mobile app concepts that solve a problem in their local communities. Promoting teamwork, critical thinking, problem solving, STEM skills and coding, the app challenge attracted over 1,800 submissions, with awards available at State, Regional and National levels.   The eight teams who win t ...
In a market dominated by comic book adaptations and franchise movies, the story of how three relatively little-known mathematicians contributed to the NASA space program may not sound like typical blockbuster fare. However, the 20th Century Fox release Hidden Figures has quietly become one of the biggest cinema hits of the year so far, out-grossing heavily promoted movies such as Passengers and Hacksaw Ridge, while also picking up a slew of awards and three Oscar nominations. The film tells the ...
Workplace apprenticeships have long fought against the perception that they represent a poor relation to academic qualifications when it comes to finding a route into a long-term career. However, more and more employers in the digital and technology sectors are recognising the value of apprenticeship schemes in sourcing the right candidates for hard-to-fill job roles.   A recent UK survey found that 75% of businesses saw the benefit of taking on paid apprentices, while 61% believed that ap ...
A quick glance at the latest global education rankings for Science and Mathematics shows a near total dominance of the top positions by Asian countries including Singapore, Japan and China, alongside a smattering of affluent Western nations such as Canada, Switzerland and Finland. However, right up alongside these major players there appears one country that consistently punches well above its weight when it comes to STEM education - the small Baltic nation of Estonia.   A former Soviet re ...
  Representation and equal opportunities for women remains a major issue in STEM fields, where men continue to disproportionately dominate the workforce across numerous key industries. Worryingly, despite a number of initiatives aimed narrowing the gender gap, the proportion of the STEM workforce occupied by women has actually decreased from 22% to 21% in the United Kingdom since 2015, according to a study carried out by WISE.   One key finding of this and other studies has been that ...
As one of the resident content specialists at element14, it’s been my job to take charge of two key areas of the community throughout 2016 – Business of Engineering and STEM Academy. Here are some of our favourite features and projects from the past 12 months...   Business of Engineering: Startup Case Studies   Business of Engineering is the area where we shine a light on the startups and engineering innovations that are helping to push the industry forwards.  WeR ...
From maths and science to art and literacy, toy manufacturers have been finding ways to combine learning with play for centuries. In the modern world, the next generation is likely to spend more and more time grappling with aspects of coding and computer programming in all aspects of their education and later working life. As a result, many leading brands are developing toys and tools that are designed to give young children a head start on the fundamentals of these vital disciplines.   W ...
The Boy Scouts have a grand tradition of helping to equip young members with practical life skills with real-world applications. In the past this has meant outdoor survival skills such as knot tying, cooking and map reading. However, the next generation of Boy Scouts may be more interested in coding than campfire songs - and several troupes have begun updating their activities accordingly to attract new members and help drag the venerable institution into the 21st century.   The STEM Scou ...
  Onecall, Farnell element14's dedicated electronics and technology business for higher education and research councils, has secured its strong working relationship with the National Universities Working Party on Electronic Components (NUWPEC) after being named as a preferred supplier for electrical components and electrical products for the fourteenth year running.   Onecall offers specially negotiated prices on over 500,000 electronic components, semiconductors, batteries, tools an ...
Despite progress in some areas, many key STEM areas are still struggling to achieve gender parity. While the number of women studying biology, chemistry and mathematics has increased in recent years, progress has been slower in the fields of engineering, physics and computer science, according to a recent study published in Psychological Bulletin.   The trend for more boys than girls to gravitate towards STEM subjects has been widely observed for some time, with some academics attributing ...
element14 Global Spotlight | Germany the element14 Global Spotlight German Engineering at a Glance We Are Makers ... Five reasons to study in Germany Five of the best | Projects ... Texas Instruments in Germany   Germany is well known as one of the leading engineering and manufacturing countries in the Western world. Not only does it house an active and diverse maker scene and act as a base for many of the leading manufacturers in electronics and engineering, it is also an important educa ...