This awesome father 3-D printed a prosthetic hand for his son

A man in Marlborough, Massachusetts, has used the cutting-edge technology of 3D printing to make a homemade working prosthetic hand for his son.

After years of searching for a solution for his son Leon’s need for a prosthetic hand – which would cost upwards of $20,000 – Paul McCarthy created one with just a 3D printer.

The printer and supplies have opened up a world of possibilities for Leon. Now, whenever he outgrows a prosthetic, he and his dad can easily create a replacement, and can experiment with ways to make them more functional.

Check out the video of Leon and Paul showing off their incredible accomplishment, and then learn more about the New England Tech’s Mechanical Engineering program, where you can learn to use the same technology employed by Paul in this incredible feat!

Video Game Design Industry Overtakes Baseball

The video game design industry, once the pastime of teenage American boys, has experienced a huge shift in recent years. In fact according to ESPN, more Americans play video games than America’s traditional pastime – Baseball.

Check out the video below to learn more about how video games are shaping today’s culture, and then check out the New England Tech Game Design program to see how getting your video game design degree can be start creating games!

As Job Skills Gap Continues To Grow, Many Tech Jobs Are Left Unfilled

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The job skills gap facing United States employers and prospective employees is expected to continue to widen in the coming years.

NoGre.com predicts that, if left unchecked, the job skills gap will have a lasting effect on not just the United States economy, but the world economy as a whole.

In fact, they’re predicting that by the year 2020 there will be an increase of us to 700,000 jobs in the United States that will be created and potentially unfilled due to the skills gap.

For more information on the job skills gap across various industries, check out this infographic – click here to view it full-sized.

 

New England Tech To Host Health Care Employment Career Fair

On Thursday, October 24 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. students and alumni from the Health Care technologies at New England Tech are invited to attend the Health Care Employment Career Fair.

New England Tech - medical and healthcare degreesThe fair will take place on the 3rd floor of the East Greenwich Campus, and will be well attended by local companies looking to hire graduates. A full list of companies that are attending is available in the Career Services office.

All students and alumni from the following technologies are welcome – and encouraged – to attend:

Author Andrea Perron Will Share Her Ghostly Story at New England Tech

The New England Institute of Technology library will host an evening with author Andrea Perron whose true life story was the basis of the recent suspense film, “The Conjuring.”  This movie tells the tale of how world renowned paranormal investigators, Ed and Lorraine Warren, were contacted to assist the Perron family terrorized by a dark presence in their secluded farmhouse in Harrisville, RI. James Wan, director of such movies as “Saw” and “Dead Silence”, brought the Perron family’s experience to the big screen. 

The public is invited to meet Andrea Perron who will speak at New England Tech on Thursday, October 24, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. in the Media Presentation Theater at the college’s East Greenwich campus located at One New England Tech Blvd.  Perron will discuss her family’s experience living in the house for ten years during the 1970’s, as well as share the making of the film and movie clips.  There will be a question and answer period.

Perron has written two books on the hauntings entitled, “House of Darkness House of Light” , Volume One and Two, with a third sequel scheduled for future publication.  A book signing will be held in the NEIT library after the presentation. The event is free of charge.

 

Adventures of Rhode Island’s FIRST Robotics Girl In STEM

Huffiington logo: girls in STEM - Dilainy Abreu - Rhode IslandWriting about her journey into the male-dominated STEM field for The Huffington Post, Dilainy Abreu says that although she was the only girl on her Rhode Island FIRST Robotics Competition team when she joined three years ago, she wasn’t discouraged as she “could do everything the boys were doing.”

Dilainy’s story – while surely impressive – is, sadly, not unique.

According to Whitehouse.gov, although women in STEM earn 33% more than women in non-STEM fields, and there is a lower wage gap between genders, women make up only 24% of the STEM workforce.

After her first year on the team – competing with all boys – Dilainy encouraged four of her female friends to join a team with her, and created the first-ever all girls robotics team for her school, aptly named The Rhody Girls.

The first season for The Rhody Girls saw them finishing in a respectable third place, but the following year – after reviewing some “game tape” and taking apart and rebuilding both their robots and the boys’ team robots to further educate themselves – The Rhody Girls became the first ever all-female team to win the Rhode Island FIRST Robotics Tech Challenge.

Following her successful career as a FIRST participant, Dilainy decided to further her interests in STEM by applying to – and being accepted in to – the Mechanical Engineering program at URI.

If you, or someone you know, is interested in joining FIRST Robotics, please contact Erin Flynn at 401-739-5000 X3462 or EFlynn@neit.edu.

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New England Institute of Technology partners with ACE Mentor Program

ACE mentoring program Rhode Island - architecture construction engineeringNew England Institute of Technology partners with ACE Mentor Program

ACE’s Rhode Island program helps high school students discover how to translate their interests and abilities into exciting, rewarding careers in Architecture, Construction, and Engineering. Professionals drawn from leading area firms mentor teams of students, explaining the inner workings of their jobs, leading tours of major construction sites and challenging the teams with hands-on design projects.

The program also gives students a chance to win college scholarships and cultivate industry contacts that could help them obtain college admissions, internships and full-time positions.

For more information on the ACE RI program or to register a student please visit http://www.acementor.org/686

MSN Money Names The Hottest College Majors

Best career degrees MSN Money lists the top fields that provide the best job prospects for college grads.

According to their list, job prospects are best in the science, technology, and mathematics fields.

Top fields offered at New England Tech:

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New England Tech Partners with Rhode Island Cyber ACES Online

Rhode Island Cyber ACESRhode Island Cyber Security Competition comes to Rhode Island.

New England Tech along with the Rhode Island Department of Education, the RI Science & Technology Advisory Council, and the Tech Collective join Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) in offering the Rhode Island Cyber Foundations Competition.

Known as Cyber Aces Online (ACES), the competition is designed to identify and nurture talented individuals who can become the future cyber policy professionals for United States companies and government agencies.

Because the nation is facing a shortage of cyber security professionals, the Cyber Aces Online competition was developed to offer individuals a fundamental knowledge of cyber security.

Deemed as one of the most effective Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) competitions in the nation, ACES is an entry-level competition focusing on a series of increasingly challenging contests sponsored by the Cyber Aces Foundation. This organization works to significantly reduce the shortage in the cyber workforce by identifying, recruiting and placing the next generation of cyber security professionals.  The three areas of study will include networking, operating systems, and system administration.

“It is clear that sufficiently securing our networks, whether in government or the private sector, will require a well-trained cyber security workforce. As a result of efforts such as the Rhode Island Cyber Foundation Competitions, the RI Cyber Disruption Team, and the University of Rhode Island’s annual Cyber Security Symposia, we are building a statewide consortium that will work to expand the cyber security workforce in Rhode Island, while meeting the increasing need for a strong public-private relationship in cyber space,” said Congressman Langevin.

In past years, the competition was only open to high school students.  However, this year, in addition to high schools students, all teachers, administrators, college students, veterans, job seekers, and those seeking a career change are invited. Participation in the competition is free!

Cyber Aces Online has two parts:

  1. Online tutorials, video and audio education materials that allow participants to expand their knowledge
  2. Quizzes that allow participants to demonstrate mastery

All topics have a separate set of educational materials and a separate test. Each tutorial module ends with an online competition day quiz where participants’ skills will be tested in a series of questions. Competition day quizzes can be completed in 40 – 90 minutes. After all the three quizzes are completed, the final ranks will be determined by the participants’ cumulative scores.

Winners are then eligible to receive a range of prizes from awards and recognition by government and business leaders, to invitations to Cyber Aces Academies, internships, and scholarships.

Individuals interested in participating in this exciting competition should visit  www.cyberaces.org to register or contact Erin Flynn, Manager of Admissions Outreach and Events at NEIT as well as the Rhode Island Cyber Aces Online State Coordinator, for more information. High schools, after school programs, Civil Air Patrol teams, computer clubs and other groups are welcome to register as well. The registration deadline is Friday, October 12, 2013.  The competitions are scheduled as follows: October 15-16: Competition for Module 1; November 5-6: Competition for Module 2; December 18-19: Competition for Module 3; December 31: Access to content expires. 

As Langevin stated, “These education and training opportunities will direct young people into cyber security and other industries with high growth potential, and provide them with the tools to be competitive in the modern job market. As the cyber security workforce grows, it is also my hope that additional training programs will be developed for unemployed or underemployed individuals looking for new challenges. I believe that Rhode Island can and must be a leader in cyber security, and I hope that our efforts will grow into a national model for harnessing young talent.”

“New England Tech is proud to once again work as an affiliate partner of the Cyber Aces Competition,” stated Flynn. “The mission of the program is to build a future workforce with the cyber security skills required to meet the high demand in both the private and public sectors. We are pleased to be affiliated with this most important program.”

Video Game Production Company Ubisoft Adding Video Game Design Jobs

game design - video game design jobsUbisoft, one of the leading video game production companies, has announced that they will be adding 500 jobs to Quebec location.

According to Game Informer,

The new positions are due to an increased American operations for online games, global network infrastructure, and growth of motion capture technologies. Total investments in these areas are estimated at $373 million CAD ($363 million USD) through 2020.

Once the newly created jobs are realized, Ubisoft Montreal’s total staffing will amount to 3,500 people. The new positions cover a wide array of skill sets, including community and network management, mathematicians, business analysts, monetization experts, and marketing personnel.