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Universities Adopt Remote Lab Tools to Let Engineering Students Continue Work Remotely

Three universities have gone public with their use of remote laboratory equipment from National Instruments (NI) to give students hands-on practice with live data and instrumentation, even as they made the switch from in-person to remote classes.

Community College Hosting First Open Esports Tournament ... Online

A Missouri community college will shortly be running its first open esports tournament. That will take place online between May 1 and 3, 2020 and be hosted by Crowder College, a two-year college serving nine counties in the state. The event will feature one-on-one competitions with Super Smash Brothers Ultimate on Nintendo Switch. The semi-finals and finals will be live-streamed on May 3.

Call for Code Global Challenge Addresses COVID-19 and Climate Change

COVID-19 is part of this year's Call for Code Global Challenge, run by the Clinton Global Initiative University and IBM. The challenge is a global program to entice students, developers and other problem solvers with both technical and non-technical backgrounds to create practical applications that use cloud, data and artificial intelligence and can make an "immediate and lasting impact on humanitarian issues."

Free Online Course to Help Fast-Track 3D Printing Skills

State University of New York Canton Professor Matthew Burnett has been making face shield components to help medical staff protect themselves against COVID-19 as they deal with a deluge of patients in that state. To build capacity and expertise out in the wider world, Burnett has begun offering free weekly instruction via Zoom for those who are interested in 3D modeling and printing.

SUNY Canton Forms All-Women Overwatch Team

The State University of New York Canton has launched an all-female Overwatch esports team.



Texas Colleges Ramp Up Commitment to Esports

Two Texas colleges are ramping up esports. When Kilgore College reconvenes in the fall, students will have use of a new esports training room, which opened just prior to the college closing down the physical campus in response to coronavirus. And Navarro College announced that it would be launching a competitive esports league in fall 2020.

Equipping Collegiate Esports Spaces

Whether using existing systems or outfitting new purpose-built venues, schools see esports as a way to attract students and augment education.

Colleges Pitch in to 3D Print Medical Gear

Colleges all over the country are helping out COVID-19 response efforts by producing health equipment with their 3D printers, including face shields and respirator masks.

UC Irvine Shares Esports Help with New Wiki

The University of California, Irvine has opened a public wiki where colleges and universities can find information about how to run an esports program based on UCI's own experiences.

Boot Camp Opens Scholarship Programs to Widen Student Diversity

Boot camp provider Flatiron School has introduced a scholarship program intended to draw in more students from under-represented groups.

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