• 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: June 21

June 21

On 21 June 1967 Douglas Engelbart filed for a patent on an "X-Y position indicator for a display system" (the computer mouse); the patent (no. 3,541,541) issued on 17 November 1970. The first public demonstration of the mouse was on 9 December 1968.

  • This date in history: June 14

    June 14

    The first UNIVAC was delivered to the U.S. Bureau of the Census on this day in 1951.

  • This date in history: June 15

    June 15

    Worldwide direct dialing had its first public demonstration on this day in 1966. The telephone call was from Philadelphia, PA to Geneva, Switzerland.

  • This date in history: June 16

    June 16

    John W. Tukey was born on this day in 1915. He, together with James Cooley, invented Fast Fourier Transform, and coined the term 'bit'. (Photo: By Hui-shun Hung (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)

  • This date in history: June 17

    June 17

    June 1879: Thomas A. Edison receives an honorary Doctor of Philosophy degree from Rutgers College in New Brunswick, NJ.

  • This date in history: June 18

    June 18

    Columbia Recording Corporation unveiled its long-playing record (33 1/3 rpm, 12 in. diameter) on this day in 1948.

  • This date in history: June 19

    June 19

    On 19 June 1882, the French scientist M.M. Jamin published the first report of the rectifying properties of an arc between a mercury and a carbon electrode; in the first decades of the 20th century mercury arc rectifiers became widely used.

  • This date in history: June 20

    June 20

    Charles Concordia was born on this day in 1908. He is a pioneer in the application of analog and digital computers to power 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

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