Putting the “E” in STEM, the newly launched General Engineering + CU Teach Engineering degree is gaining traction among CU-Boulder students, faculty and the broader STEM community.
The opportunity for integration of engineering in K–12 settings has never been greater. Publication of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in 2013 incorporated engineering design throughout all grades, providing an unprecedented opportunity for the engineering community to engage youth in the creative engineering design process beginning in kindergarten.
Last year the former law library of the Fleming Building was transformed into a new collaborative space designated for students to imagine, design, create and test products and solutions to meet a range of needs. Billed as the Idea Forge, this 22,000-square-foot facility is an innovative engineering facility built to enhance the student experience by introducing them to multiple philosophies of design.
Life changing. Eye opening. Mind blowing.
These are just a few of the words computer science students used to describe their experience at the 2014 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, billed as the world’s largest gathering of female technologists.
In college athletics, players are often redshirted. They are enrolled but not competing, and that gives them more time to prepare. Tanya Ennis, director of the Engineering GoldShirt Program, says like redshirting, the GoldShirt-ed engineering students are preparing for the rigors of school. “They are pumping iron much like football players” to sharpen their skills.
A program designed at CU-Boulder to teach kids to code using video games is being introduced into New York City public schools as part of an initiative to give every student access to computer science education.
Superior Ecotech uses algae to capture CO2 emissions from local breweries and convert them to oils, which can be used as vegan omega-3 supplements, cosmetics and biofuels. Because their proprietary process involves growing algae with minimal water content, they enlisted the help of an engineer to design a water control system.
Continuing its commitment to improve America’s drinking water, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded a grant to CU-Boulder to create a national center for research and innovation in small- to medium-sized drinking water systems.
The Center for Advanced Engineering and Technology Education (CAETE) recently expanded its platform to include hybrid and flipped classrooms to meet the college’s goal of increasing enrollment and innovation in education.