YouTuber Sufficiently Advanced, whose stated goal is to "make pretend things into real things!" has given us two magical gifts of engineering: the most epic version of a real-life Mjolnir, and the most lovably inept.Read More
Architect and designer Katerina Kamprani created The Uncomfortable, a collection of infuriatingly designed everyday objects, as "a twisted sadistic design project"...and boy, oh boy, has she succeeded!Read More
The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is a test given to eighth grade students in public and private schools nationwide every two years to test their proficiency in various subjects and allow for policymakers and school districts to track skills over time and adjust their policies and teaching methods accordingly. In 2014, NAEP included a test that measure literacy in technology and engineering for the first time, and the results were finally made public today.Read More
Because the world needs more Jemma Simmonses and Jane Fosters.
There may not be much Black Widow merch, but Marvel is doing something really awesome for smart girls in the real world. In their recently-announced Ant-Man Micro-Tech Challenge, Marvel, along with several other corporate and science sponsors, is seeking out girls who are into the sciences and challenging them to create really small tech.Read More
No, I said MacGyver. God.
Less than 20% of engineering bachelor degrees are currently going to women, and that number's only been getting lower in recent years. So what are we as a society to do about this when we need engineers more than ever? Obviously changing the culture to be more welcoming to women would help, but that's a slow process. In the meantime, giving kids a badass engineering idol to look up to in movies and TV might do wonders.Read More
Suck it, Garfield balloon!
The girl-centric toy company GoldieBlox has come a long way from the Kickstarter (and occasional copyright lawsuit with the Beastie Boys—though let's be real, that did a lot to boost their name recognition more than anything else) that they started out with. Now they're following up the success of the Super Bowl ad they ran earlier this year with a giant float in the 88th's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, and it looks super rad.Read More
That sure is a ridiculous-looking egg.
GoldieBlox got into some trouble with The Beastie Boyz over one of their earlier commercials that parodied the song "Girls," but they won't let that keep them down. They're back with a new commercial showing off their engineering toys for girls, and they've brought some interesting statistics along with them.Read More
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
Stay in your engineering program, and someday you could be NASA's signature hairstyle.
Bobak Ferdowsi is more than his haircut. He's also an engineer, and clearly a great one because he helped get the Curiosity Rover to Mars. There aren't enough young people pursuing engineering degrees (though plenty have mohawks) so Ferdowsi teamed up with StayWithIt.org to inspire people to stay in engineering programs. Go ahead. Get inspired.Read More
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
Watch as little girls show off their creativity and make their toys more innovative in this advertisement from toy creators GoldieBlox. The company wants to put more engineering toys in the "pink aisles" of toy stores, and give little girls and boys the same options for toys that encourage creative thinking and problem solving as well as fun. The girls in the ad can be builders, thinkers, princesses, and tomboys in any combination they want, and GoldieBlox is giving them a toy with the adaptability to match. (via GoldieBlox on Youtube)Read More
There are more robotic fish than you might think out in the world right now, but this is the first one that can move in three dimensions.
Scientists have been attempting to perfect the robotic fish for years in order to perform difficult underwater maneuvers such as exploring sunken shipwrecks or detect leaks in pipelines. Now, we're one step closer to robot fish perfection, as the National University of Singapore has released a next generation fish-bot that, in addition to being able to move laterally from side to side, can also dive and float just like a real fish. Naturally, this machine is being called "RoboCarp," because it's probably illegal to name it anything else.Read More
This is just like magic!
Make It So
While the vast majority of Etsy visitors are women (according to a 2010 company survey), its vice president of engineering, Marc Hedlund has acknowledged that the company's own tech department is not as diverse as it should be. In fact, in a department of about 100, there are only 11 female engineers, none of whom are in management positions. But Hedlund isn't going to let this slide, and in order to remedy the gender disparity, a new scholarship and sponsorship program through Hacker School has been announced to encourage more women to pursue engineering postions, not only at Etsy, but across the country. And that's what we like to call "initiative"!Read More
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Sock It To 'Em Ada
This M.C. Escher-inspired diagram has apparently been an engineering in-joke for decades, but thanks to the magic of the Internet, it's currently making the rounds once again. Not only do the parts have names like "trichotometric indicator support" and "rectabular excrusion bracket"; they're all impossible objects.
(via Neatorama)Read More