Dr. Shakes is a simple program designed to help illustrate many of the basic concepts underlying modal analysis for structural systems. It is intended to be used for instruction both in demonstration and hands-on contexts.
Wouldn’t this of been a fun way to investigate vibration concepts at the U
Wired has the story of how four students from Carl Hayden Community High School in Phoenix, Arizona beat some of the
best schools in the country, including MIT, to win the national underwater robot championship. The students, who are
all undocumented Mexican immigrants, built their robot on the cheap in just three days, using PVC pipe, off-the-shelf
electronics and a few tampons. Called â€œStinkyâ€, the bot can record sonar pings and retrieve objects 50 feet below the
waterâ€™s surface. In addition to the top prize, the bot also ended up winning the design and technical writing
awards. The teamâ€™s total budget ended up being just $800, compared to $11,000 for the MIT team.
I love this, living in Arizona we rarely get to see/ read/ hear about positive stories about immigrants there really is a deep groundswell of resentment coming here. It is also good to hear something good in education in a state that is 50th in the nation in per student funding. (that’s 50th out of 51 states + DC) so we’re not last but pretty close. Perhaps it is time to start saving the moola for private school…