Texas A&M Engineering welcomed more than 1,000 students from 20 countries around the world for the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Design Weekend, with 22 teams advancing on to the next round of competition this summer. Special guests included Elon Musk and U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx.
Athletes who play wheelchair rugby usually create their own makeshift gear for the sport, such as duct taping garden gloves to their hands. Product design students at the University of Oregon in Portland were challenged to come up with innovative solutions for the sport during the Adaptive Design studio course. The students worked with the Portland Pounders team and Seth McBride, a UO graduate, who will head to his third Paralympics this summer in Rio to compete with Team USA Wheelchair Rugby.
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Georgia Tech is creating the next ‑‑ the next big idea, the next technology, and the next group of innovators and entrepreneurs. Institute researchers share how they’re creating the next diagnostic and medical devices, partnering with the Emory University and the CDC on microneedle technology to administer vaccines worldwide, developing the next generation of robots, working on autonomous vehicles to protect humans from dangerous environments, protecting laptops and smartphones from a new class of cyber attacks, capturing the sun’s heat and storing it in liquid metal, and reducing the time it takes to develop new microbes for producing bio-based fuels and chemicals.
About 300 Bay Area high school students gathered at UC Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science over the weekend to pit the robots they had built against one another. The 2016 PiE Robotics Competition Game was hosted by Pioneers of Engineering (PiE), a Berkeley student mentorship program that promotes STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) education among kids who are underrepresented in the field or are underprivileged.
PiE was established at Berkeley in 2009, and began by serving six partner high schools. The program now involves 25 high schools and almost 100 Berkeley student mentors. Mentors travel as far as Hayward and South San Francisco twice a week to mentor their teams. For the last three years, PiE alumni have administered a scholarship program to help support the participants’ higher education in STEM. Twenty-six professionals in STEM fields also volunteered their time as judges for the robotics competition.
“This is a little bit dorky, but in high school I was really into this video game called Harvest Moon. You play a farmer who inherits his great uncle’s land. You can grow crops like tomatoes, and pet the cows and milk them. Growing up in the suburbs, I had no idea what an actual farm looked like. The game created this image in my mind that farming was the coolest thing ever. It led me to check out the Student Farm and apply for an internship, which I received. Six months later, I changed my major to sustainable ag and food systems. It's funny to look back and think it all started with farming on a screen.”
From The Georgia Institute of Technology - Georgia Tech, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Pranaya Chilukuri fell in love with Georgia Tech as a child coming to science fairs and math competitions. Now she's getting redy to graduate with a degree in biomedical engineering. Along the way, she found a way to give back to the community and reinvigorate a love for Indian dance. "It's been a heckuva ride," she says.
From The University of California at Irvine -
Drake Dinh, biological sciences major, talks about his experience at UC Irvine, particularly pharmaceutical sciences and helping those in need through the Flying Samaritans club.
From The University of Chicago -
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Team Aezon -- composed entirely of Johns Hopkins undergrads -- is a top 10 finalist for the Qualcomm Tricorder XPrize, a $10 million global competition to develop a portable, medical diagnostic device for the consumer market, inspired by the “tricorder” used on Star Trek. This device could help reduce the estimated $38 million wasted annually in unnecessary emergency department visits, says Kenney Scholar Ryan Walter, Engr '16, who cites research from the New England Healthcare Institute and Truven Health Analytics.
Robots are cool, but Nhat Ho wants them to help change people's lives. "I want a future where the disabled, elderly and injured can wear cloth-thin robots to help them in their everyday activities," says Ho, a mechanical engineering student who worked in the Rehabilitation and Neuromuscular Robotics Lab with assistant professor Ashish Deshpande.
At the University on North Carolina - Chapel Hill
Improving the quality of life for people far too young to come to campus is the focus of one of Carolina’s newest student organizations. The Helping Hand Project, launched in 2015, is a group of about 40 students that use 3-D printing to make prosthetic devices for children and adolescents born without fingers.
From Vanderbilt University -
For Ariel Helms, a genealogy search when she was young revealed a long-kept secret: Her ancestors were Cherokee Native Americans. “My great-grandparents had taken this knowledge to the grave,” she said. “My dad grew up thinking he was of German heritage. It was, at the time, a difficult thing to be Native American, so it was kept very secret.” Having a Native American background began to make sense—it could be why so many family members suffered from diabetes. These bits of information motivated Helms to seek out scientific research and Vanderbilt. She has worked in the Vanderbilt Diabetes Center’s lab the past two years. “My ultimate dream is to contribute to the alleviation of the burden of disease in a way that benefits my Native American community and the nation as a whole,” she said. “I want to help people struggling with diabetes.”
The University of Georgia Pharmacy school sends third year students to join a team of volunteer health workers across the state to provide basic healthcare to farm workers. During the two week trip to Moultrie, GA, the team visits multiple farm sites, and local elementary schools in the area.
In southern West Virginia, a gigantic telescope stands against the backdrop of the mountains. Over the last few years, several hundred students across the country have learned at the feet of the Green Bank Telescope. Some will become scientists, and others will love science while pursuing their dreams. They're all teenage radio wave hunters searching for pulsars as part of the Pulsar Search Collaboratory, a program of West Virginia University and the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank, W.Va.