Meteorites streak through the sky, dropping a mysterious dust. Adults fall unconscious worldwide. To rescue them, kids must gather dirt from Mars. Who says learning science and engineering can’t be fun? Not NASA engineers! They’ve teamed up with engineering students and gamers to create Falling Dust, a free, alternative-reality game that lets multiple players apply real-world skills to save humanity.
Their human-powered helicopter hovered into the history books and won the American Helicopter Society’s $1 million Sikorsky prize. Now, a team of University of Toronto engineering students and graduates aims to design the world’s fastest human-powered bicycle.
Count NASA engineers among the soccer fans following the 2014 World Cup tournament in Brazil this summer. They’re not only students of “the beautiful game” but also of technologies like the Brazuca football whose aerodynamic properties give players an edge.
Photo credit: NASA’s Ames Research Center
Like most high school students, I didn’t know what career I wanted to pursue. A group of senior mining engineering students pointed me into the right direction. They told me: “If you like to play with big machines and to blow up stuff legally, then go into mining engineering.”
Imagine zooming across the desert like Luke Skywalker on his X-34 landspeeder. Science fiction? Not to engineers at California aerospace company Aerofex, who recently took their prototype hover bike for a spectacular spin. The flying bike has two rotors instead of wheels and a mechanical steering system that responds to the pilot’s leaning movements and intuitive sense of balance.