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27 Posts authored by: jlucas element14 Team
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 ...
The Maker Movement has fostered some pretty fantastic developments for makers, creators and engineers of all ages and skill sets, including a new breed of toys that are helping to make electronics a fun, accessible and creative learning experience. With Christmas round the corner, why not help the future innovator in your family to get started on some exciting project work with one of these devices?   littleBits Technology - Snap ideas to life   In 2009, computer engineer Ayah Bdeir ...
Halloween is a great opportunity for teachers to get their students involved in creative projects while also engaging with some fundamental coding and electronics techniques. Classroom-friendly devices such as BBC micro:bit, Raspberry Pi and Codebug offer the perfect combination of functions and capabilities to add a high-tech twist to some classic Halloween design projects. We collected some of our favourites...   Bat with flapping wings - BBC micro:bit     The 3D printing an ...
The history of engineering can be traced directly alongside the evolution of the modern world, with countless scientific breakthroughs and revolutions marking mankind’s journey towards ever more sophisticated methods of controlling and exploiting the world around them.                                A complete history of all of these disc ...
In our modern world of specific academic majors, pop culture stereotypes and sharply defined career paths, artists and engineers are thought to be like oil and water. But some engineers and artists are embracing the differences of their disciplines to find creative solutions to our day’s most challenging problems. And in finding solutions, they’re finding common ground, too. Visualizing innovationGenetic engineers at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (known as Einstein, for sh ...
The way we consume media has changed dramatically over the past decade, with social media and content sharing platforms allowing users to get closer to new ideas and technologies without relying on traditional textbooks and lectures.   YouTube has provided a particularly rich platform for aspiring engineers and tech enthusiasts, with numerous professional and amateur makers sharing their skills for a global online audience. From building projects to discussing the latest industry trends, t ...
  As he was finding his footing in both America and his career, William “Bill” Knudsen, a young Danish-born immigrant in New York, took a low-paying job at a Buffalo bicycle manufacturer to learn more about the manufacturing process. The plant superintendent, William H. Smith, noticed Knudsen’s industriousness and took it upon himself to oversee the young man’s development as a manufacturing engineer.   At age 29, Knudsen himself was general superintendent, a ...
    Every generation of young engineers and innovators benefits from access to knowledge and experiences that weren't available to their predecessors. Technological advances and the patronage of various foundations are helping teens to leverage their abilities in advanced fields such as astrophysics, engineering, medicine and science to develop projects and innovations that are seemingly far beyond their years.   Here is a selection of promising young talents who have already es ...
  Each year, engineering students on the cusp of graduation are tasked with the challenge of completing a senior design project before embarking on their journey into the “real world.” Although the specific requirements of the project vary among each engineering discipline, its fundamental goal is simple – create a design that benefits as many people as possible. For seniors, it is a chance to apply all they have learned during their college careers toward a single profess ...
The United States boasts some of the most impressive research universities in the world, many of which have earned a reputation as hotbeds of innovation. Funding from private companies and federal agencies has helped entice thousands of engineers to these schools in an effort to uncover the manufacturing industry’s next breakthrough technology.   In 2014, Walmart awarded seven leading research and development institutions a total of $4 million to uncover new ideas and create jobs tha ...
  Most major innovations in technology and engineering are discovered by experts, reflecting with years of experience in their chosen field. However, every so often a student will surprise the world with an innovation that displays knowledge beyond their years. Many of these devices have gone on to have a significant impact on the engineering landscape, setting their creators on the path to celebrated careers in the process:   Thermoelectric Flashlight After learning that students ...
Last month (June 2016), Autodesk officially acquired Cadsoft Computer GmbH from Premier Farnell, giving them ownership of the popular EAGLE PCB design software. In an interview originally posted in the element14 Design Centre, Autodesk Director Matt Berggren set out his vision for the future, including some exciting developments on the horizon for Cadsoft and EAGLE users.   One development that may be of interest to STEM members is the announcement that Autodesk would be dropping the cost ...