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
Erwin Tomash was born on this day in 1921. He was instrumental in establishing the Charles Babbage Institute.
Work began at the MIT Radiation Laboratory (the principal site of U.S. radar development during World War II) on this day in 1940.
Samuel Insull was born on this day in 1859. He was private secretary to Thomas Edison, later president of Chicago Edison and public-utilities magnate. (Photo credit - William L. Koehne Studio [Public domain CC0 1.0], via Wikimedia Commons)
John W. Strutt III was born on this day in 1842. He was a researcher in electromagnetic phenomena and a contributor to the establishment of electrical standards. (Photo by Wellcome Library [CC BY 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
A telegraph cable laid between Dover and Calais went into public service on this day in 1851.
The BBC made its first radio broadcast on this day in 1922. (Photo by Wellcome Library [CC BY 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
Intel announced its first microprocessor, the 4004, on this day in 1971.
In 1904 John Ambrose Fleming first used the Edison effect in rectifying a wireless signal so that it could be indicated by a galvanometer. He filed a provisional application for a British patent (No. 24,850) on 16 November 1904. (Photo credit - [Public domain CC0 1.0], via Wikimedia Commons
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