• 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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  • IEEE REACH Website Wins Prestigious International Prize

    The REACH program has been awarded the Ayrton Prize for Digital Engagement in the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine from the British Society for the History of Science (BSHS).

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  • 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.

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  • Engineering and Technology have Impacted Society Throughout History

    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: May 28

May 28

On 28 May 1959 began a 2-day meeting at the U.S. Department of Defense that began the project to develop a common business language for computers, which became COBOL.

  • This date in history: May 21

    May 21

    Hideo Yamashita was born on this day in 1899. He was a computer pioneer and founder of the Information Processing Society of Japan.

  • This date in history: May 22

    May 22

    On this day in 1973 Robert Metcalfe came up with the idea of a local-area network that became the Ethernet.

  • This date in history: May 23

    May 23

    John Bardeen was born on this day in 1908. He was a physicist, co-inventor of the transistor, and Nobel Laureate.

  • This date in history: May 24

    May 24

    On this day in 1844 Samuel Morse demonstrated telegraphy by transmitting a message on a newly constructed line between Baltimore to Washington, D.C.

  • This date in history: May 25

    May 25

    The first telegraphed news dispatch, sent from Washington, D.C., to Baltimore, appeared in the 'Baltimore Patriot' on this day in 1844.

  • This date in history: May 26

    May 26

    Lugwig Binder was born on this day in 1881. He was a contributor to high voltage engineering.

  • This date in history: May 27

    May 27

    On this day in 1903 the Telefunken Wireless Company was founded.

  • 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.

    Michelle Lilley

    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

    American University

  • 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

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