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UT Students Encouraged to Enter ‘The Next MacGyver’ Contest

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The 1980s television program MacGyver sparked interest in science. The National Academy of Engineering is hoping it can serve as inspiration to a new generation, and is sponsoring a contest for ideas for a show that would feature a female engineer in the lead role. UT students—male or female, engineer or not—are encouraged to enter.

College of Engineering Helps Kick Off Robot Season

Bearden High School's Patrick Woodworth, left, and Shea Payne look over their team's robot.

For many, the end of football season usually means attention turns to basketball, but for more than 400 budding scientists and engineers who came to UT on Saturday it marks the start of something else: robot season.

What’s Your Big Idea?—Special Spaces

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The UT chapter of Special Spaces is a student organization that helps children with life-challenging illnesses by making sure they have their own special space to imagine, dream, and heal.

What’s Your Big Idea?—Getting Social Across the Nation

Karen Freberg, alumna of the College of Communication and Information and assistant professor at the University of Louisville, has the big idea to launch a social media competition for students on a national scale.

What’s Your Big Idea? Dinosaurs!

Big Orange Big IdeasJefferson Chapman, director of the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture, talks about a really big idea—the addition of a “big,” 2,400-pound, twenty-four-foot-long bronze skeleton of an Edmontosaurus annectens, a hadrosaur (or duck-billed) dinosaur to the museum.

What’s Your Big Idea?—Garden Party

Kathy Kidd and Kathryn Humber at UT’s Early Learning Center talk about the big idea of having the children and staff grow much of their own food in an effort to eat healthier. They want the school’s new kitchen garden to be a model for the community and a training ground for early childhood educators on gardening with young children and families.

What’s Your Big Idea?—Knowing the Consumer

Curtis Rose, alumnus of the College of Communication and Information and senior vice president of digital strategy at Erwin Penland, has the big idea of combining consumer psychology and digital capabilities to grow your business.

What’s Your Big Idea?—Tackling Adult Illiteracy

Eighteen percent of the adult population in the US lacks a high school credential. Many go back to school to earn their General Educational Development credential, better known as the GED. Yet, half of those who teach GED programs say they don’t feel prepared to provide reading instruction. Steve McCallum, department head in education psychology and counseling, worked with professors Sherry Bell and Mary Zeigler to develop a test to assess instructors’ knowledge base. Better teachers could mean more GEDs.

What’s Your Big Idea?—Pandora for Your Taste Buds

How cool would it be for food to taste exactly how you want it to? Andrew Foust, alumnus of the College of Communication and Information and digital business director at McCormick Spices, has the big idea of creating a mechanism to personalize spices.

What’s Your Big Idea?—Collaborative Learning

What does a classroom look like with no “front”? Stop by the Humanities and Social Sciences Building to find out. Bill Dunne, chair of the classroom upgrade subcommittee and associate dean of the College of Engineering, had the big idea of renovating classrooms to foster student-centric learning.