• 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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  • 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 improved

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Today in History

This date in history: December 6

December 6

Charles M. Hall was born on this day in 1863. He was the inventor of an electrolytic process for producing aluminum.

  • This date in history: November 29

    November 29

    John Ambrose Fleming was born on this day in 1849. He was a contributor to the science of electrical engineering and the inventor of a diode electron tube. (Photo credit - Agence de presse Meurisse [Public domain CC0 1.0], via Wikimedia Commons)

  • This date in history: November 30

    November 30

    Jagadish Chandra Bose was born on this day in 1858. He was a physiologist and physicist who contributed to the development of wireless telegraphy.

  • This date in history: December 1

    December 1

    Valdemar Poulsen filed a patent application for magnetic recording on this day in 1898.

  • This date in history: December 2

    December 2

    Peter C. Goldmark was born on this day in 1906. He developed the long-playing (LP) record.

  • This date in history: December 3

    December 3

    On this day in 1913 Lee de Forest presented the paper 'The Audion-detector and amplifier' at an IRE Meeting in New York.

  • This date in history: December 4

    December 4

    Robert Adler was born on this day in 1913. He was a leader in the development of electron-beam tubes and ultrasonic devices.

  • This date in history: December 5

    December 5

    Eberhard Spenke was born on this day in 1905. He was a researcher who, at the Siemens laboratory for semiconductor research, developed a practical method of producing silicon crystals.

  • 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