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
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The invention of wireless telegraphy-radio-at the end of the 19th century by Marconi and others made it possible to communicate with anyone, anywhere, around the globe. It soon became apparent, howeve…Read more
Today in History
Arthur E. Kennelly was born on this day in 1861. He was president of both AIEE and IRE. He contributed to EE theory, particularly the definitive application of complex-number theory to alternating-current circuits.
Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace, was born on this day in 1815. She was the conceptual programmer of Charles Babbage's Analytical Engine and promoter of Babbage's work.
Emil Rathenau was born on this day in 1838. He was a German industrialist and founder, with Werner von Siemens, of the Telefunken Company.
On this day in 1901 Marconi received a wireless signal at St. John's, Newfoundland, from Poldhu, Cornwall.
Werner von Siemens was born on this day in 1816. He was a German electrical engineer who became a major manufacturer of electrical equipment.
The world's first transatlantic optical fiber cable system, TAT 8, was opened for service between Europe and North American on this day in 1988.
The BBC was incorporated on this day in 1922.
Johann W. Ritter was born on this day in 1776. He was a physicist and pioneer of electrochemistry who, in 1803, constructed the first storage battery.
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