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Get Creative with the Qualcomm Thinkabit Lab

8232Ever dream of creating an army of robots to do your bidding? Do you find yourself tinkering with everyday objects? Just want to have a little fun and learn a new skill? Welcome to the Qualcomm Thinkabit Lab!

Join engineer Saura Naderi as she shares the basics of coding, engineering, and creativity through simple projects you can do at home. Each video provides a list of easy to gather gear and a straightforward lesson on how to complete the project. Make an LED blink, get a servo to spin and learn a bit about the process of engineering.

How to Make an LED Light Up and Blink Using Arduino
Programming Servos

Watch these programs and more on The STEAM Channel!

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Bronze Bling for UCTV

We needed needed a little more bling around here!

After a terrific showing at the Aurora Awards, UCTV is adding to its 2013 tally with two bronze Telly Awards.

“Building It Better: Earthquake-Resilient Hospitals for the Future” nabbed the bronze in the Documentary category for its behind-the-scenes look at the rigorous earthquake testing UC San Diego researchers put their five-story mockup of a hospital through in order to better understand how the many complex systems within hospital buildings perform after earthquakes. Produced by UCTV’s Rich Wargo, in partnership with the California Seismic Safety Commission, the program explores the history of seismic safety for California’s hospital infrastructure, and what is being done to secure its future.

Also taking home the bronze for documentary was “San Diego Opera Spotlight: Moby-Dick,” producer John Menier’s in-depth look behind-the-scenes at the West Coast premiere of Jake Heggie’s “Moby-Dick,” based upon the classic novel by Herman Melville.

You also might recall our announcement last month that “The Skinny on Obesity: Sickeningly Sweet” was awarded the prestigious Silver Telly Award in the Health and Wellness category. Produced by Rich Wargo and Jennifer Ford, the program is one of seven episodes in the popular “The Skinny on Obesity” series, which premiered on the UCTV Prime YouTube original channel in April 2012.

The Telly Awards is the premier award honoring the finest film and video productions, groundbreaking web commercials, videos and films, and outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs.

Congratulations to the UCTV team!

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Unleashing the Light: White-Light Emitting LED

The first two episodes of UCTV Prime’s series “Lighting the World: Shuji Nakamura and His Brilliant Discovery” illuminated the UC Santa Barbara researcher’s path towards discovery.

With “Unleashing the Light,” the third video in the series, we look back on Nakamura’s breakthrough which enabled the creation of the white-light emitting LED, a crucial discovery that unleashed a revolution in the way the world uses light and power.

Watch “Unleashing the Light” or visit the “Lighting the World” series page to catch up on earlier episodes.

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Lights in the Darkness — Lighting the World

We take light for granted, yet more than two billion people in the world go through their entire lives without reliable lighting.

But that’s changing, thanks in part to the brilliant discovery of UC Santa Barbara’s Shuji Nakamura.

UCTV Prime‘s new four-part series, Lighting the World: Shuji Nakamura and His Brilliant Discovery, made possible by UC Santa Barbara’s Solid State Lighting and Energy Center, tells the story of Nakamura’s determined effort to develop the white LED and the revolution in lighting that his discovery has brought to the world.

In the first short episode, “Lights in the Darkness,”  John Bowers of UC Santa Barbara’s Institute for Energy Efficiency describes the impact that lack of reliable lighting has on people’s lives. But he also shines some hope on the situation by showing how the use of highly efficient white LED, discovered by Shuji Nakamura, is proving to be a feasible and economical solution.

Watch “Lights in the Darkness” now and stay tuned this Friday (March 1) for the second installment of Lighting the World: Shuji Nakamura and His Brilliant Discovery.

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Harmful Bacteria? There’s an App for That.

In the hands of teenagers or distracted drivers, cell phones can mean trouble. But when UCLA engineering professor Aydogan Ozcan gets a hold of one, he’s helping to save lives.

In developing countries, more than 3.4 million people die each year due to water-related diseases, while the U.S. and Europe routinely face E. coli and salmonella contamination in their food supplies. In response, Ozcan developed the first-of-its-kind microscopy tool that enables public health workers to test for harmful bacteria in the field using only a cell phone.

Find out more in the latest episode of UCTV Prime Cuts, Cell Phone Science Saving Lives.

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