The AbilityOne® Design Challenge, in partnership with the ASEE Design in Engineering Education Division, encourages students to develop assistive technologies that empower people with disabilities to overcome barriers to employment. The design challenge is a service learning opportunity for students in grades 9-12 in the High School Program or any college student or student team at the graduate or undergraduate level in the University Program that also enhances science, engineering and technology skills. University students work throughout the academic year and are eligible to win cash prizes up to $10,000.
Lockheed Martin Corporation offers the Innovate the Future Contest, a worldwide innovation competition with cash awards totaling $50,000. The contest creates a global forum for interested participants to share their ideas on how innovation can enable a more secure future for the planet. Participants are invited to submit their thoughts on a range of topics facing the world community, including the need for sustainable energy, cyber security, and healthcare.
Project CANDLE is a partnership to Create an Alliance to Nurture Design in Lighting Education. It is a collaboration between Penn State University, the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) Education Trust, and lighting industry partners. Some activities include: travel awards that expose students to career opportunities in lighting and encourage interaction between students and professionals; the mentorship of a future lighting educator through the IALD Future Lighting Educator Fellowship; an annual Lighting Industry Advisory Group (LIAG) Roundtable; and outreach to high school students.
The ASEE Student Division was created at the 2007 Annual Conference and Exposition to provide student members a voice and home within the national organization. Student Division objectives for ASEE student members include: fostering programs at regional and national ASEE meetings; promoting the development at ASEE Student Chapters at local campuses; participating in local K-12 STEM education activities; promoting graduate school opportunities for undergrads; promoting scholarships, fellowships, and post-doctoral opportunities; providing opportunities for students to gain insight into academic careers and teaching practices; developing ties between Division members and ASEE Corporate members; developing international opportunities; developing the next generation of ASEE leaders; and building a community of student members. Join them on Facebook.
In the annals of flight, the brief hover of a human-powered helicopter named Gamera II hardly rivals the 1947 shattering of the sound barrier. But it’s riveting to watch and quite an achievement for University of Maryland, College Park engineering students. The team has spent years designing, building, and ultimately flying the four-rotor chopper. In June, their ungainly craft stayed aloft for an unofficial world record-breaking 50 seconds, thanks to the furious pedaling and cranking of pilot Kyle Gluesenkamp, a mechanical engineering Ph.D. candidate. The feat fell short of the American Helicopter Society’s $250,000 Sikorsky Prize requirement of a full minute in the air. Then in late August, the Gamera stayed in the air for 65 seconds, according to Popular Science, but fell short of the height requirement. “Now if they can hit one minute and get a little higher than 8 feet – to exactly 3 meters, or 9.8 feet – they’ll win the $250,000 32-year-old prize.”
The Maryland craft crashed trying to hit the 3-meter mark during a Labor Day trial. But a Canadian team managed a 15-second hover that same weekend–bringing to five the number of human-propelled helicopters ever to leave the ground, reports Autopia. Continue reading Md. Students Pedal for Glory