Archive for August 30th, 2013

Infusing science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) exercises and assignments into a teaching curriculum is essential for preparing more students for higher education, especially when data reveal that less than half of the nation’s high school students are college-ready. Fortunately, there are STEM-related teaching resources which educators might consider examining during the back-to-school season.
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Complex supply chains can lead to unwanted or prohibited materials in your product. In this episode of Product Design Show, Vince Penman and Allison Toepperwein review how product design teams can meet regulatory and company goals for complex global products.  Read more

Credit: Michael Mellinger.

Smart City Apartments at Night in Daejeon, South Korea. Credit: Michael Mellinger.

When we talk about sustainability, it’s important to talk about cities. Right now, half the people on the planet are living in cities. By 2050, that number is expected to grow to nearly 70 percent. And by 2100, according to the UN, 84 percent (of a projected population of 10.8 billion) will be city dwellers. Already, cities emit 80 percent of all greenhouse gases. So it’s important to learn how to build cities right. As Mike Calise, director of electric vehicles, partner business at Schneider Electric, put it, “The battle for our future is going to be won or lost in the cities.”

I spoke with Calise about some of the challenges and opportunities associated with making cities smarter and the role that electric vehicles, something that Schneider Electric is keenly interested in, will play in turning this idea of a smart city into a reality.  Read more

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