Great blog for students – eGFI Dream up the Future

This interesting blog run has posts on “Catching thieves with butterflies”, “Turning air into water”, plus one on how Facebook is looking to recruit lots of engineers.  There is also a neat section on what the different types of engineers actually do. 

Product by process: Bentleys, bikes, boots, ..

http://bencollette.com/productbyprocess – A great collection of videos that classifies a range of products by the production processes used to make them.

“I’m an Engineer, Get me out of here!”

From http://imanengineer.org.uk/  – The first ever “I’m an Engineer” event is running from Monday 12th – Friday 23rd March 2012.

I’m an Engineer, Get me out of Here! is an engineering enrichment and engagement activity, funded by an Ingenious grantfrom the Royal Academy of Engineering. It’s an X Factor-style competition for engineers, where students are the judges. Engineers and students talk online on this website. They both break down barriers, have fun and learn. But only the students get to vote.

To sign up for future events here’s  information for engineers and for teachers.

IBM – 5 big innovations expected in next 5 years

Interesting video from IBM on 5 innovations in energy, internet security, …

TED.com – a fantastic collection of amazing video talks

The talks on TED.com are a fantastic:  videos of over 900 inspiring speakers talking about new science, technology, design, music, and much more.

So unfair … Dilbert and engineering

The classic video clip with the lines: “Can he lead a normal life?” “No.  He’ll be an engineer”  We engineers are so misunderstood …

Engineering.com – Games: Sugar Xmas Special

This game is like a custom sugar factory. You have to engineer a sequence that will deliver the materials through the right processes to the right destinations. It starts off easy, but gets challenging quickly.

James Dyson Foundation – challenges you can try

The James Dyson Foundation has some downloadable challenges “for engineers of all ages”.  Download from: http://media.dyson.com/downloads/JDF/drawing/challenges.pdf.

You can also see how people have attempted these challenges by looking at the James Dyson Foundation channel on youtube.

Cambridge Autonomous Underwater Vehicle

The Cambridge Autonomous Underwater Vehicle team are developing an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) for use under the Arctic ice sheets. The vehicle will be able to be deployed and operated by a small team using a standard bore hole to launch the vehicle through the ice and retrieve it again. This will aid research on the underside of ice sheets since most current vehicles require a large area of ice tobe opened up for deployment. The team are also entering the annual Students Autonomous Underwater Challenge – Europe (SAUC-E) competition during the development of the vehicle.

To learn more about the activities of the Cambridge AUV team, please see:  http://www.cambridgeauv.co.uk/