• 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.

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    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.

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    This video highlights the concepts behind the IEEE REACH program.

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  • 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.

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Today in History

This date in history: January 20

January 20

The first military experiments with radio at the Eiffel Tower took place on this day in 1904.

  • This date in history: January 1

    January 1

    Harold Wheeler invented diode automatic volume control (also known as automatic gain control) on this day in 1926.

  • This date in history: January 2

    January 2

    The first two-way transatlantic wireless telegraphy was achieved between Brant Rock MA and Machrihanish Scotland on this day in 1906.

  • This date in history: January 3

    January 3

    At the MIT Radiation Laboratory an experimental microwave radar set was tested for the first time on this day in 1941.

  • This date in history: January 4

    January 4

    A power outage affecting four provinces in eastern Canada and four states in the northeastern U.S. began on this day in 1998.

  • This date in history: January 5

    January 5

    On 5 January 1929 Leo Szilard applied for a patent on the cyclotron. Ernest Lawrence came up with the idea independently on about 1 April 1929, and he built a working model a year later.

  • This date in history: January 6

    January 6

    Philipp Reis was born on this day in 1834. He was a physicist and inventor of a telephone.

  • This date in history: January 7

    January 7

    The Westinghouse Electric Company was chartered on this day in 1886.

  • This date in history: January 8

    January 8

    Robert W. Lucky was born on this day in 1936. He is a contributor to the theory and practice of data communications.

  • This date in history: January 9

    January 9

    J.H. DeWitt (U.S. Army Signal Corps) saw radio echoes of the moon on a CRT on this day in 1946.

  • This date in history: January 10

    January 10

    George W. Pierce was born on this day in 1872. He was a contributor to the science of radiotelegraphy and inventor who made many contributions to electronics including new crystal rectifiers and oscillators.

  • This date in history: January 11

    January 11

    AT&T announced its designation of 911 as a universal emergency number on this date in 1968. (Image Source: "What was the NYPD phone number before 911?" Ephemeral New York. N.p., 25 Aug. 2014. Web. 06 Jan. 2017.)

  • This date in history: January 12

    January 12

    Ray Kurzweil along with leaders of the National Federation of the Blind announced the Kurzweil Reading Machine at a press conference on this day in 1976. (Photo: Iowa Blind History Archive at the Iowa Department for the Blind)

  • This date in history: January 13

    January 13

    Alexander Graham Bell demonstrated his telephone to Queen Victoria and famously touched her shoulder on this day in 1878.

  • This date in history: January 14

    January 14

    On this day in 1981 there was a power outage lasting four hours in Mexico that affected 39 million people, 60% of the population. (Photo: Chicago Tribune Archive, Friday January 16, 1981)

  • This date in history: January 15

    January 15

    Eberhardt Rechtin was born on this day in 1926. He is an aerospace engineer and leader in defense communications.

  • This date in history: January 16

    January 16

    Benjamin Franklin was born on this day in 1706. He was a contributor to electrical science and inventor of the lightning rod.

  • This date in history: January 17

    January 17

    On this day in 1982 Time magazine reached newsstands with a cover story on video games. On the cover were the words 'Gronk! Flash! Zap! Video Games are Blitzing the World'. (Photo: http://www.liketotally80s.com/2008/06/top-20-80s-arcade-games/)

  • This date in history: January 18

    January 18

    Edison's 'Village System' of electric power opened in Roselle.

  • This date in history: January 19

    January 19

    Clarence W. Hansell was born on this day in 1898. He was a radio engineer and inventor who contributed to radio-transmitting design.

  • 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.

    Michelle Lilley

    Supervisor of Social Studies, Manalapan High School

  • 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

  • I am fascinated with how ideas impact history and I usually reflect on ideologies and how they influence all cultures. I am passionate about such concepts. Using REACH in my classroom made me realize how much technology fits right into my passion. Technology begins as an idea, a seedling in someone’s imagination, a thought to solve a problem or meet a need. Eventually that seedling sprouts, is nurtured and turns into an invention, which then affects society and shapes history in ways no one anticipated.

    Laurie Bisconti

    Social Studies Teacher, Heritage Middle School

  • 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