in the Classroom
By Kim Pinnix
U.S.-based software company, is introducing software that provides educators
worldwide with training and classroom materials to prepare students
for today's technological world. The software lets teachers experiment
with cutting-edge resources that often are too expensive for educational
institutions. By removing the cost barrier, PTC hopes to promote the
implementation of technology programs that teach critical thinking,
problem solving, and hands-on skills while encouraging students to pursue
careers in engineering. PTC's offer is open to middle and high schools
around the world as well as colleges and universities with engineering
programs. At the university level, 1,500 institutions worldwide are
using PTC's Pro/ENGINEER software in mechanical engineering courses.
The resources are offered for free, however; an annual fee of $2,500
to cover the program's administrative costs is requested. The commercial
value of PTC's software ranges from $30,000 for a middle school installation
and up to $4 million at the university level. However, training, classroom
materials, and student competitions are provided at little or no additional
cost. Further information on PTC is available at www.ptc.com.
Monitoring Equipment Made Easy
By Cara Green
a developer of monitoring devices in a variety of applications, has
recently launched the Web-enabled Falcon Monitoring Device, a program
that lets users check the status of their equipment on a standard Web
browser. The Falcon can monitor temperature, pressure, flow, current,
leak detection systems, and humidity sensors. It can capture an image
from any IP addressable Web camera for live display on the company's
Web interface. This Web-based system hosts its own Web pages so the
user doesn't have to shell out for additional hardware or software.
The Falcon can also log data, provide alarms, display information on
a Web page, and notify users via e-mail and phone at the same time.
Up to five Falcon devices can be connected to monitor 100 inputs at
once. For more information regarding the Falcon, please visit the RLE
Technologies web site at www.rletechnologies.com,
or contact the company at 1-800-518-1519.
Green and Kim Pinnix are advertising assistants at Prism magazine. Green
can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org,
and Pinnix can be reached by e-mail at email@example.com.