The winning team used a giant gumball machine, a tennis ball, a falling hammer, a bowling ball, a fry pan, tubes and tracks and lightbulbs, a tiny boxing glove and a plastic shark, along with multiple other accessories, all as the most elaborate scheme possible for zipping up a zipper.
"It's a fascinating view into what people think about privacy," said project lead Lorri Cranor. "With the little kids, you can see doors, bedrooms and pulling the blankets over their heads." Teens and adults show more concern about government surveillance and overexposure on social networks.
Work is moving forward on a "smart science network" intended to transform how science is taught and learned.
The University of Texas at Austin has won IBM's Watson University Competition, which challenged teams of students to identify and solve an industry-specific challenge using the Watson cognitive computing system.
A collaboration of 51 schools and laboratories have released the final set of data from a six-year program of research that used a wide-field telescope in the southwest to survey the distant universe, the Milky Way galaxy and extrasolar planetary systems.
MIT's Lincoln Lab hosted 50 high school girls last month for a "Make Your Own Wearables" Workshop.
Stanford University and Sony have released a new mobile app that lets smart phones help conduct scientific research while they're charging.
iRobot has launched a preassembled robot platform, dubbed Create 2, designed to give students, teachers and developers experience programming robots.
Students at Dawson School are using algorithms they developed themselves to look for patterns in cancer data provided by the Baylor College of Medicine.
High school students in New York City Public Schools will begin learning data literacy this month through a new City Digits project, which aims to promote civic engagement among youth while teaching data collection and analysis skills.