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UCF Hosts Engineers’ Week, Culminating in High-Five-Athon

UCF_640x360At this year’s Engineering Week, the University of Central Florida’s College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS) went all out. More than 20 organizations held college-wide engineering events, including Rube Goldberg competitions and multi-cultural formals. They played host to industry luminary Microsoft, which presented design and building competitions. In the coup de grâce, they attempted to break the world record for the longest high-five chain in conjunction with UCF CECS’ Limbitless Solutions team, which makes 3D printed prostheses for children. All of this was organized by the UCF ASEE Student Chapter.

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Teaching STEM through Games—Not Gamification

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If you grew up in the 90’s and early aughts, you might have played old-school computer games like Math Blaster and Oregon Trail that were designed to “make learning fun” in math and history. While you may have traumatizing stories about dying early from digitalized dysentery or exploding after an equation, chances are that you didn’t actually learn a lot about history or math from these games. The MIT Education Arcade is hoping to fix that.

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Cards Against Humanity Scholarship

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Admit it: You’ve spent a few late nights playing Cards Against Humanity, the “party game for horrible people.” The game is the perfect combination of raunchy, smart, and irreverent, and when you get the right people together, it’s both magical and something you probably don’t want to talk about the next day. Now, the card game juggernaut has done it again, announcing the new Science Expansion Pack—and with it, the promise of a new scholarship for women STEM students.

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Spotlight: The Benefits of Biomimicry

Millions of years of evolution have shaped organisms to survive and adapt to Earth in remarkable ways, and engineers have been taking note for centuries. Birds inspired human flight, and supercomputers are often tested against the power of brains, for instance.

Mother Nature continues to make her mark on modern engineering, and some researchers are looking to the smallest creatures, like insects, amoebas, and small sea creatures, to solve big problems. Read about a Harvard group that runs an army of termite-inspired robots, a University of Maryland lab interested in tiny, insect-like drones, and a Cornell researcher trying to understand how living creatures can create incredibly strong crystals.

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