Pushing the Boundaries: Adaptive Design at the University of Oregon

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.

UC Davis student Kiko Barr

From The University of California at Davis -

“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.”

UC Berkeley students mentor future engineers

From The University of California at Berkeley -

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.

Undergraduate Research at Carnegie-Mellon University

Corrine Vassallo, a Physics and Music Performance major, talks about her contributions to Carnegie Mellon University entry for the Google Lunar X Prize, an optical orbit determination system that will guide the lander to the surface of the moon. Professor Red Whitaker, her faculty research mentor and CEO of CMU spin-off Astrobotics, discusses how it is important for students like Corrine to have concentrated research time in the summer to grow as practitioners in their discipline.

"Creating the Next” at Georgia Tech

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.

West Virginia University - Teenage Radio Wave Hunters

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.

Georgia Tech Graduate: Pranaya Chilukuri

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.