Students Race, Indy 500 Style, at the Annual Conference


From the ASEE 2014 Annual Conference. Find more interesting sessions on the Conference Connections blog.

Motorsports and robotics fans cheered on student teams from as far away as Virginia’s Tidewater Community College as they raced their autonomous vehicles around the track, Indy 500-style, in the Two-Year College Division’s annual competition.

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Researchers Seek a MOOC Strategy for Engineering


Jeremi London, a Ph.D. candidate in engineering education at Purdue University and a member of ASEE’s Student Division, was the opening speaker at a workshop entitled “What is the Role of MOOCs in Engineering Education” on June 15, the first day of ASEE’s annual conference in Indianapolis.

Currently an intern in the Division of Undergraduate Education at the National Science Foundation, she has been involved in an effort to identify research questions that explore the potential for MOOCs in engineering and in improving learning. NSF, she said, thinks engineering educators’ approach to MOOCs “should be strategic — not reactive.” The ASEE workshop was the third in a series seeking to spur research collaborations. Learn more about the project here.



Engineering and MOOCs: What’s Happening?

ASEE Student Division member Jeremi London, a Ph.D. candidate at Purdue University,  is currently an intern in the Division of Undergraduate Education at the National Science Foundation. She will be participating in an NSF-funded workshop on the opening day of ASEE’s 2014 Annual Conference entitled What is the Role of MOOCs in Engineering Education? This will be the third of a series of four workshops aimed at developing a research agenda around the role of Massive Open Online Courses in engineering education. Learn more about the project here.

New Scholarships this Month


The Accelerator has found a number of new scholarship programs — read about three of them below.

1. Richard Eaton Memorial Scholarship: Administered by the Lint Center for National Security Studies, Inc., this scholarship gives $1,000 for tuition and other education costs to a student pursuing fields of study in alliance building, counterintelligence, cultural understanding, and national security. The deadline for the 2015 scholarship is January 31, 2015. Apply here.

2. USRA Education Scholarship Fund: The Universities Space Research Association offers the award to full- time junior and senior students who have a career interest in the physical sciences or engineering with an emphasis on space research and/ or space science education. You must have a minimum 3.5 GPA, and be a U.S. citizen to be eligible for this $1,500 award. Applications for the fall 2014 USRA Scholarship Awards will be accepted until August 1, 2014.

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Robotics Students Join a Sequel to the World Cup


If IBM’s Watson computer can win the TV quiz show Jeopardy!, what’s to stop a team of robots from one day beating World Cup soccer champions? That’s the longshot goal driving RoboCup, an international robotics soccer competition that holds its next series of matches in July in Brazil, several weeks after the World Cup.

Engineering students from the University of Pennsylvania, University of California – Los Angeles, George Mason University, and Marquette University will join the contest, fielding humanoid robots of various sizes against overseas competitors in a mechanized version of “the beautiful game.”

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