The Flight of the Scouts

dun dun dun duuun dun dun dun dun dun! Scout: That’s what I’m talkin’ about! We are about to witness one of the greatest mysteries of Nature. Once a year, a herd of adult scouts after hatching their young, Embark on the first and only flight of their lives. Why the scout engage in such a seemingly gruesome ritual is unknown, but in some ways it is beautiful.

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Sliding Door Tool Cabinet

New shop space! We recently moved to San Antonio and I’ve been slowly converting the garage into a workshop. It’s in disarray, but everything is here and accounted for! A stack of scrap lumber, let’s make something! Cutting up 2×4’s to frame out the cabinet. Attaching to the studs with some heavy duty screws. Leveling before driving the rest of the screws in. Attaching cross members mostly to act as nailers. Attaching the top of the framing. Ripping some plywood

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Introducing WhiteBox Learning

Engineer, then build with WhiteBox Learning; the fully integrated applied S.T.E.M. learning system. With WhiteBox Learning, 3D design and an extensive suite of web-based tools immerse students into an exciting, virtual and hands-on design experience in science, technology, engineering and math. A familiar interface engages students in five phases of informed iteration for meaningful engineering design, and scientific inquiry. The research phase gives students four key principles of engineering design and problem-solving with theory based content, quizzes, worksheets and tutorials.

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Jacqueline Chen PANEL “Unleashing the Power of Computing and Data at Scale”

– So welcome, I think we have an exciting panel today. At Purdue we like to do things at scale. So today we’re going to talk, our panel is going to discuss compute and data at scale, how can we unleash the power of this technology. I’ll start by introducing briefly our panelists and then we’ll jump in. So we have our distinguished visitor from Sandia national labs, Dr. Jackie Chen. She’s a distinguished member of the technical staff at

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Career Spotlight: Kite Designer

My name is Damon Vander Lind, I’m a kite designer for the Makani project at Google X. What we’re trying to do at Makani is developing new type of wind power in which we use a very lightweight kite to harvest winds of high altitudes. And we see this as a much cheaper and faster to deploy option than conventional wind power. A traditional wind turbine harvests wind power by basically slowing air down. The goal is to steal energy

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