Engineering Inside:

2014 Issue 3


Extreme Exploration
September 2014

Humans have always dreamed of exploring the unknown, whether it was what lay beyond the horizon or what lay beyond the stars. While humans have achieved incredible feats in exploration—mapping the world and sending people to the moon—there is still unexplored terrain tugging on the human imagination, but potentially still out of our reach. This is where robot explorers come into play. Read More

IEEE Spark Has Been Discontinued

Following a strategic review by IEEE of its education activities, it has been decided to discontinue IEEE Spark. Previous issues of IEEE Spark will remain available until the end of 2017. Visitors can also continue to take advantage of IEEE’s other pre-university education resources including ( and IEEE (

Meet Maciej J. Zawodniok!

September 2014

Maciej J. Zawodniok is Associate Professor of Computer Engineering at the Missouri University of Science and Technology (former UMR). Dr. Zawodniok’s research focuses on adaptive and energy-efficient protocols for wireless networks, network-centric systems, network security, cyber-physical and embedded systems with applications to manufacturing and maintenance. Read More

Design a Robot Arm

September 2014

When engineers design a robot, they usually have a specific problem or task in mind. In this activity, you will design a robot arm that needs to be able to pick up a Styrofoam cup. You’ll have a variety of materials to choose from. You’ll select your materials, sketch out your design, then build and test your robot arm. If it doesn’t work, go back to the drawing board and try again!Read More

IEEE Spark Challenge

Think you know IEEE Spark? Test your knowledge of engineering, computing and technology with the IEEE Spark Challenge! Answer questions correctly to help your team move to the top of the leaderboard.

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Explore Robotics with Competitions and Camps!

You can learn more about robotics and start building your own robots with competitions and summer camps.

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IEEE Robotics and Automation Society

Since 1987, the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) has been working to advance innovation, education, and research in robotics and automation.

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