A "design and build" shop for education at the University of Florida just received a $250,000 grant to build a teacher network to go along with a new tool introduced in 2013 to help students with algebra.
A trash-talking, Scrabble-playing gamebot with a goofy back story and an animated face is helping researchers at Carnegie Mellon University understand more about how people and robots interact.
Robotics are so 2013. Now students are building and deploying "nanocopters." At least they are in a Dartmouth University class led by Andrew Campbell.
High altitude ballooning was the key to this year's college-level winner in an annual competition put on by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and Vernier, a company that sells scientific equipment for teachers.
Among the initiatives that have received funding through PitchFunder is one intended to bring clean water to Bangladesh, another to teach empathy and still another to help send design students on a working spring break.
"Our goal is certainly to be preeminent. You add the entrepreneurship component and the other training, and the students coming out of this will be well poised" to enter impending the trillion-dollar nanotechnology market, said Ross Hinkle, vice provost and dean of administration for the university's College of Graduate Studies.
Digitalis Education Solutions has launched what it's claiming is the smallest portable planetarium currently available, the Digitarium Iota.
Carlow University will use a $205,000 grant to build a satellite location of Carnegie Mellon University's CREATE Lab.
Colorado State University will be expanding its product design instruction previously given primarily to engineering students out to the broader community.
Hailey Elias and two classmates at Colfax High School in California developed a prototype of a device that signals to skiers when they're doing what they shouldn't do — lean back. The prototype of the "Fast Forward" ski sensor was chosen by the audience as worthy of further exploration by Quirky during the March South by Southwest Conference in Austin, TX.