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You Are Going To Want This Marshmallow Cannon

The Huffington Post | Avery Stone | Posted 07.01.2014 | College

Behold the sweetest invention we've seen in a long, long time. This video from madscienti11 showcases the Confectionary Cannon, a marshmallow canno...

In Search of the 'Piece of Resistance' to Increase Interest in Engineering

Vicki May | Posted 05.18.2014 | College
Vicki May

In The Lego Movie Emmet, an ordinary LEGO minifigure, finds the "Piece of Resistance," thus fulfilling a prophecy that whoever finds it will save the universe. We engineers have been searching for years for something to save the engineering universe or at least increase interest in engineering.

5 Times in a Career When Academics Should Hire a Coach

David Goldberg | Posted 07.29.2013 | College
David Goldberg

Given that universities do not yet pay for coaching, to what extent does the coach accommodate those who are paying out of their own pockets?

The Joy of Vulnerability: Public, Personal & Otherwise

David Goldberg | Posted 07.22.2013 | College
David Goldberg

After finishing up a post over at Big Beacon on Educating Wholehearted Engineers & Educators, I was reflecting about the notion of vulnerability and the ways in which we are vulnerable both publicly and privately.

Expertise and the Beauty of Not Knowing

David Goldberg | Posted 07.14.2013 | College
David Goldberg

For an expert, the very idea of not knowing challenges one's self-image, one's entire story of oneself. After all experts are people who have learned and now know a lot about some particular subject, and experts are judged as good or bad depending on the extent of that knowledge.

Journey to the Center of Our Brains

David Goldberg | Posted 07.01.2013 | College
David Goldberg

As Taylor discusses the progress of her stroke, she tells a story of those other worlds, of connection, of oneness, of a quiet mind, and of surrender. It's a beautiful description, and an important one.

5 Enemies of Transformative Educational Change

David Goldberg | Posted 06.22.2013 | College
David Goldberg

The first order of business in approaching engineering education change is to stop making it simpler than it is. Let's think more carefully about how we're going to change at the same time we think about what we would like to change.

Educating Wholehearted Engineers & Educators

David Goldberg | Posted 06.19.2013 | College
David Goldberg

Let's use emotional words to talk about emotional processes in educational reform. If we do this, the cool thing is that we will hasten the day when we educate wholehearted engineers and wholehearted engineering educators, both.

Creating, Tinkering, Inventing and Imagining Our Way to the Top

Dori Roberts | Posted 03.26.2013 | Impact
Dori Roberts

If you were to peek into a preschool classroom, you'd find kids whose hands would be busy and whose minds would be racing with different creative possibilities: A rollercoaster using foam pipe insulation! A rocket from a plastic water bottle! These kids are engineers. Most just don't know it.

Engineering Education in a Not-Too-Distant Day

David Goldberg | Posted 03.05.2013 | Education
David Goldberg

The year is 2023, and engineering has become the education of choice for an increasing number of college-bound high school seniors.

From Consumption to Creation: A New Way to Think About Ownership in Engineering Education

Mark Somerville | Posted 01.19.2013 | Education
Mark Somerville

If we're going to re-frame engineering education as creation rather than consumption, we need to address a deep framing issue: how the student and the instructor think about education itself.

Four Pillars of Engineering Education Reform that Will Attract (and Graduate) More Students

Mark Somerville | Posted 11.24.2012 | Education
Mark Somerville

We need to address values because they are critical for enabling real change in engineering education. After all, if you try to make a change in pedagogy or content without addressing the underlying value system, you are likely to fail.

Gerry Smith

New Bill Would Help Tech Startups Fill Engineering Talent Gap | Gerry Smith | Posted 09.19.2012 | Technology

Two Democratic senators have introduced legislation that would address a pressing need among tech startups: hiring enough foreign-born engineers. C...

Three Habits at Three Levels for Improved Engineering Education

David Goldberg | Posted 10.07.2012 | Education
David Goldberg

The future needs more capable engineers, yet the system as it is now scares many off before they start or convinces those who start not to continue.

How Does South Korea Outpace The U.S. In Engineering Degrees?

| Michael Alison Chandler | Posted 09.19.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report. This story is part of The Hechinger Report's ongoing series on what the U.S. can learn fro...

Engineering Students Can Do X

David Goldberg | Posted 08.12.2012 | Education
David Goldberg

The way to transform engineering education everywhere is to really believe in our students, to trust them, and then unleash them so they can show us what they can do.

What They Don't Know, They May Love; Teens and Engineering

Diane Bryant | Posted 02.04.2012 | Education
Diane Bryant

Nearly a third of teens are not aware of job opportunities for engineers and 1 in 5 have no idea of the impact that engineers have on the world around them.

Tuning in to Gen Y: Cultivating Seeds of Innovation in Our Children

Larry Bock | Posted 12.20.2011 | Impact
Larry Bock

The next time we feel dubious over whether today's young people possess the talent, courage, drive and commitment to assume mantles of leadership in innovation for tomorrow's global arena, let's remember stories such as this.

Our Challenge: Motivating the Next 'Joe Montanas' in Science and Engineering

Larry Bock | Posted 11.08.2011 | Impact
Larry Bock

As sure as football rules in autumn, motivating and educating the next generation of innovators is a competition we cannot afford to lose.

PLTW -- Leading the Way in STEM Education

Dr. Mariappan Jawaharlal | Posted 09.26.2011 | Education
Dr. Mariappan Jawaharlal

Few students come to engineering well prepared. PLTW students are not only well prepared but have already been introduced to basic engineering concepts and are ready to hit the ground running.

University Of Maryland Student Is The First Woman To Pilot A Human-Powered Helicopter

Mail Online | Posted 07.13.2011 | College

University of Maryland engineering students believe they have captured a world record for the first human-powered helicopter flight with a female pilo...

U.S. Could Lose Competitive Edge In Engineering | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

Adam Bruckner has noticed a disturbing trend during his 38 years as a University of Washington professor of aeronautics engineering. His tests are ...