• 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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  • "To Engineer is Human"

    Highlights of 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: May 19

May 19

Radiotelephone service from the United States to China began on this day in 1937.

  • This date in history: May 12

    May 12

    Konrad Zuse completed his Z3 machine, the world's first fully functional electromechanical digital computer, with 2400 relays, on this day in 1941. (Image courtesy of Computer History Museum computerhistory.org)

  • This date in history: May 13

    May 13

    AIEE was founded on this day in 1884. Happy Birthday IEEE!

  • This date in history: May 14

    May 14

    What may well have been the first CT scan of a patient was made on this day in 1965.

  • This date in history: May 15

    May 15

    Canada's first commercial long distance telephone line opened between Hamilton and Dundas, Ontario, on this day in 1879.

  • This date in history: May 16

    May 16

    Theodore Maiman demonstrated the first laser on this day in 1960. (Photo Courtesy of HRL Laboratories)

  • This date in history: May 17

    May 17

    On this day in 1918 an airplane squadron was, for the first time ever, commanded by voice from the air.

  • This date in history: May 18

    May 18

    Oliver Heaviside was born on this day in 1850. He was a telegrapher, physicist, and contributor to the science of electrical engineering.

  • 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