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Workshop: Parents, Kids, and LEGOS. Tufts U., March 6

legoThe Tufts University Center for Engineering Education will hold a Parent and Child Workshop, March 6, 2010, with teams building and programming their own LEGO inventions. For all ages. Cost: $75.

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Scholarship: HENAAC/Great Minds. Hispanic Students

Great Minds in STEM provides scholarships for students of Hispanic origin or involved with the Hispanic community who maintain an overall grade point average of 3.0 or high; focus their studies in science, technology, engineering or math; and demonstrate leadership through academic achievements and campus/community activities. Scholarship amounts range from $500 to $5,000. Application deadline: Spring 2011.

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Biodegradable Bag Promises Sanitation for the Developing World

Peepoo

Every 15 seconds, one child in the world dies due to contaminated water. This is because approximately 2.6 billion people lack sanitation.

To combat this issue, the revolutionary Peepoo bag was designed to provide people in developing countries with their own portable toilet. The Peepoo bag can be used sitting, squatting, or standing, and can be placed in a small bucket or simply held in your hand (a thin gauze prevents contamination). The bag is clean to handle and remains odor-free for at least 24 hours, making it possible to store in the immediate environment, as well as bury underground.

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Making Trees Dance

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When it comes to accurately representing the world in 3D, animators face many challenges. Phenomena in the natural world (think water, plants, fire, clouds, etc.) often move in complex and unpredictable ways that can be difficult to mimic virtually. That’s why software engineers at the University of Bath have developed an animation program that helps animators model the movement of windswept trees. [video after jump]

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Happy 50th, Laser!

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This year marks not only the beginning of a new decade, but also the 50th anniversary of the creation of the laser. Though we tend to take them for granted, lasers have revolutionized the way we live. They allow us to surf the web, watch movies on DVD, and scan barcodes at the grocery store; they also enable eye surgery, study the planet, target weapons, and facilitate worldwide communication. And, of course, can create dazzling displays of light for your band’s next performance (cool laser videos after jump)

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