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
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).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
REACH In The Classroom - The Printing Press
Implementing IEEE REACH resources, the students explore how the development of the printing press affected society. The lesson highlights, the challenges of printing and disseminating information before movable type. Students are challenged to think about reasons how society was improvedWatch Video
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Some technology is so woven into our lives that we barely notice it. We go about our daily routines without giving it a thought, yet, were it not for these advancements, our routines would be very dif…Read more
Today in History
On this day in 1848 Waterloo railway station in London opens. (Photo by Ben Brooksbank [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
On this day in 1861 construction started on the telegraph line between St. Joseph, Missouri and Sacramento, California.
Dr. William Shockley announced on this day in 1951 that he had invention the junction transistor.
On this day in 1924 a photograph was sent from New York to London and back, using the RCA transatlantic radio system. (Photo By Book illustration [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons)
On this day in 1920, the radio compass was first used near Norfolk, VA on a US Navy airplane. (Photo By U.S. Department of the Navy. First Naval District. Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff for Administration. Office of the Historical Officer. [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons)
Britain implemented the country-wide 999 emergency telephone system, for fire, police and EMS services on this day in 1937. (Photo By Sam Hood [Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons)
Nikola Tesla was born on this day in 1856. He was a developer of alternating current power systems and a contributor to radio technology.
On this day in 1962, TELSTAR, the first active communications satellite was launched.
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