• 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 3

June 3

On this day in 1875 the first speech sounds were transmitted by wire (by Alexander Graham Bell and his assistant, Thomas A. Watson.)

  • This date in history: May 27

    May 27

    On this day in 1903 the Telefunken Wireless Company was founded.

  • This date in history: May 28

    May 28

    On 28 May 1959 began a 2-day meeting at the U.S. Department of Defense that began the project to develop a common business language for computers, which became COBOL.

  • This date in history: May 29

    May 29

    Thomas Edison received a patent for the 'Magnetic Separator' of ground magnetic iron ore on this day in 1901.

  • This date in history: May 30

    May 30

    On this day in 1902 Nathan Stubblefield demonstrated radio broadcasting at Fairmont Park in Philadelphia, P.A. Photo Courtesy of Pogue Special Collections & Archives Library, Murray State University Libraries, Murray, KY.

  • This date in history: May 31

    May 31

    Construction of ENIAC started on this day in 1943 at the University of Pennsylvania, Moore School of Engineering.

  • This date in history: June 1

    June 1

    On this day in 1890 approximately 45,000 census enumerators began collecting the census schedules from the 13 million households in the United States; for the first time ever the processing of the information relied on Herman Hollerith's punch-card machines.

  • This date in history: June 2

    June 2

    Henry J. Round was born on this day in 1881. He was a British pioneer of radio technology and holder of 117 patents.

  • 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