Raising Engineering Awareness through the Conduit of History
IEEE REACH provides teachers and students with educational resources that explore the relationship between technology and engineering history and the complex relationships they have with society, politics, economics, and culture.Learn More
REACH In The Classroom - Greek Triremes
Inspired by an IEEE History Center symposium, Ms. Bisconti, an eighth grade world history teacher, introduces a Greek Triremes hands-on-activity in her classroom. Ms. Bisconti graciously worked with the IEEE REACH team to turn this lesson plan and hands-on-activity into a REACH Inquiry Unit.Watch Video
Engineering and Technology have Impacted Society Throughout History
This video highlights the concepts behind the IEEE REACH program.Watch Video
REACH In The Classroom - Early Maritime Navigation
Implementing IEEE REACH resources, the students explore how maritime navigation technologies affect society. The lesson highlights, the challenges of seafaring without modern day navigation tools, the evolution of the magnetic compass, and introduces students to portolan charts.Watch Video
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Today in History
David Sarnoff was born on this day in 1891. He was the developer of the business of radio and television.
On 20 February 1962, John Glenn became the first U.S. citizen to orbit the earth.
The cavity magnetron, important for radar systems, worked for the first time on this day in 1940.
Heinrich Hertz was born on this day in 1857. He was a physicist who demonstrated the existence of electromagnetic waves.
On this day in 1927 U.S. President Calvin Coolidge signed into law the Radio Act of 1927, which created the Federal Radio Commission.
Lee Deforest conducted experiments sending voices of opera singers to the press via radiotelephone on this day in 1910.
What may be considered the first patent for the electric motor was issued in 1837.
The first patent for a storage battery was issued to Charles Kirchhof of New York on 26 February 1861.
What teachers are saying
Finally something interdisciplinary that merges hands on learning with traditional aspects of history! My favorite thing so far at NCSS!
Joe Baginski, AP World History & Big History Project
Mt. Si High School, Snoqualmie, WA
Natural curiosity and knowledge of the contributions of engineers, inventors and scientists afford students the opportunities to witness the power of ideas. Our partnership with IEEE taps on the potential to engage students through inquiry driven instruction that fosters independent thinking and creative problem solving that can provide answers to some of the world's toughest problems.
Supervisor of Social Studies, Manalapan High School
I am impressed with the video on navigation. It will be a great asset to our curriculum.
Jerry Skotleski, Social Sciences, Social Studies Teacher
Scranton High School, PA
IEEE REACH was GREAT! Love the resources … already checking them out and will share!
State Department Social Studies Supervisor
These materials are directly connected to what I do! - The curriculum created by the state and incorporating primary sources into the classroom.
Elizabeth Casey, World History Teacher
Garfield High School, Virginia
What incredible resources! I can’t wait to use them in my own classroom. Thank you!
Amanda Clark, Student Teacher
The IEEE History Center at Stevens Institute of Technology has engaged in a thoughtful and collaborative effort to develop curriculum resources that provide guidance to educators in helping students to understand the impact that technological advancements have had on the history of the world. These resources have been developed in consultation with teachers, are easily accessed by teachers, and most importantly provide students with the opportunity to analyze and apply historical and technological concepts to the modern day.
Adam L. Angelozzi, Ed.D.
Principal, Manalapan High School