Jordan Reeves is making Barbie more inclusive by partnering with Mattel to make dolls with disabilities. At 13 years old, Reeves’ Maker cred is already impressive. She created her own 3D-printed, unicorn horn-shaped, glitter-shooting prosthetic that fits her left arm, which ends just above the elbow. Her Unicorn Project inspired Jordan and her mom to start a non-profit, Born Just Right, to help other kids with limb differences learn to improve their lives with making too. Continue reading Dolled Up
Nisan Lerea and Matt Nowicki are entrepreneurs and former engineering students from the University of Pennsylvania. For their senior project, they needed a water jet to cut steel–but the university didn’t have one. So, they built their own small, affordable iteration. They’re now co-founders of Wazer, an affordable personal water jet cutter. Read their story here.
Infant jaundice, a liver condition characterized by yellow skin and eyes and sluggishness, is easily treated in developed countries. In countries that lack resources, however, the condition can be fatal. Students at Texas Engineering World Health, a student organization led by Alina Schroeder, have come up with a low-cost treatment: a blue-light incubator called Bili Lights. Read more here.
As a busy engineering student, you probably don’t have all the time in the world to take on side projects–even though these types of projects can help you better grasp material and help you find your passion in the field (not to mention put you ahead of some other students in internship applications). Click through to find some small side projects you can tinker with in your dorm in your spare time, courtesy of Make: magazine. Even better, see if you can’t improve on some of the designs!
This summer, students and engineers collaborated across the globe to come up with solutions to some pressing problems. Thanks to A/V portals called Shared Studios, undergrads, grad students, and healthcare workers from Johns Hopkins University, American University in Beirut, and Boston University were able to collaborate as if they were in the same room. Over an intense four-day hackathon, they came up with advanced healthcare innovations for war-torn environments. Read more here.