Tag Results for Engineering Schools (6)

  1. Getting on the Big Green Bus

    This morning I walked a few blocks from my house and waited for the bus. The Big Green Bus, that is, a cooking-oil fueled, solar-panel powered, Dartmouth-college-student carrying, sustainable-living-promoting road show. The bus was a little late, thanks to freeway accidents and massive traffic tie-ups. By the time it arrived, a crowd of moms, kids, and local journalists had gathered. The point of the 40-state, 20,000 km summer tour, recent Dartmouth graduate and bus rider Ro Wang told me, is to make people realize that small changes in your …

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  2. How to get students excited about engineering? Bring in the robots

    Photo: University of Pennsylvania / NSF Over the past three summers, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have conducted an interesting educational experiment aimed at answering one question: Can robots get high school students interested in science and engineering in college? The answer, as you probably guessed, is yes. The researchers, led by professor Vijay Kumar at the General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception (GRASP) Lab, organized a three-week robotics summer camp to teach the students what robots are capable of and how to build them. The program included lectures, tours, and of course lots of hands-on …

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  3. The sound of silence

    Perhaps the most impressive demonstration at Demofall 07, being held this week in San Diego, came from one of the youngest entrepreneurs in attendance. Twenty-four-year-old Michael Callahan, a recent graduate of the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, attended the conference as part of a group of three young innovators identified by the Kauffman Foundation. During panel discussion with these young entrepreneurs, a departure from the usual one-company-at-a-time-for-six-minutes Demo format, Callahan stood silently staring at his computer, wearing a sensor placed against his neck, and made the computer speak for him. The technology, which he calls Audeo, as reported in Spectrum's automation …

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  4. Engineering schools that tie theory and practice together retain more students

    Many at Olin College believe that innovative teaching is more than just replacing traditional lectures with hands-on projects. Rather, it is "about the method of presentation," reads a chart in a corridor in Olin's Academic Center. Engineering students can sometimes be miserable human beings. I know -- I was one of them. It goes like this: You start engineering school all excited to get your hands on some real engineering stuff ... only to be drowned in theory-heavy lecture after lecture after lecture. Not that there's anything wrong with calculus, linear algebra, electromagnetism -- those are beautiful …

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