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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Today in History
John E. Parker was born on this day in 1900. He was one of the founders of the pioneering computer company Engineering Research Associates. (Photo By Mike Abrahams (w:Wikipedia:Contact us/Photo submission) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
Almon Breese Strowger was born on this day in 1839. His invention of an automatic telephone-switching system was widely adopted. (Photo credit - [Public domain CC0 1.0], via Wikimedia Commons)
Giovanni Pirelli died on this day in 1922. He founded the Pirelli Company, a major manufacturer of wire and cable. (Photo: By David Adam Kess (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
Elmer A. Sperry was born on this day in 1860. He was an inventor, and developer of gyrocompasses and gyrostabilizers, and founder of several companies, including the ancestor of the present Sperry Corporation.
ENIAC, one of the earliest electronic general-purpose computers, ceased operations on this day in 1955.
William David Coolidge was born on this day in 1873. He was a General Electric researcher famous for his invention of ductile tungsten (for light bulb filaments) and for development of x-rays tubes.
Wilhelm Eduard Weber was born on this day in 1804. He was a physicist who contributed to the precision measurement of electrical quantities and who, together with Carl Gauss, invented an electric telegraph. (Photo credit - Rudolph Hoffmann [Public domain CC0 1.0], via Wikimedia Commons)
Matthéus Hipp was born on this day in 1813. He was the inventor of a reliable electric clock. (Photo credit - Karel K [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