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The Future of Winter Cycling? The...

The Velovations Enterprise team is working with a local trails club to design and build a multi-purpose trail groomer for single track trails.

$935 (funded)
$1,200 (goal)
Portable Interlocking Skateboard...

The goal of this project is to design and manufacture a customizable skatepark that exceeds market capabilities. We plan to implement the following tasks: Lightweight flat panels, Durable skate surfaces, Interlocking modular features, and Assembly design optimization. Completing these tasks will...

$725 (funded)
$3,000 (goal)
Robotics Systems Enterprise...

Beginning in Fall of 2015, the Robotic Systems Enterprise (RSE) has been working on a project to collect soil samples from lakes in the area. The goal was to create a modular remotely operated vehicle (ROV) that could travel to the bottom of a local lake to collect soil samples.

$1,451 (funded)
$5,000 (goal)
New Exercise Equipment for...

Our exercise device offers a new option for wheelchair users to exercise upper-extremity muscles so that they can improve their strength and wheelchair mobility.

$5,100 (funded)
$5,000 (goal)
Pioneering Women in Business...

The Pioneering Women in Business (PWB) Scholarship is a great opportunity for women studying in the School of Business and Economics at Michigan Technological University. The scholarship supports female leaders who embrace hard work and embody strong ethics who are leaders in and out of the...

$2,010 (funded)
$4,000 (goal)
Taming the Ring of Fire: Real-Time...

Volcán de Fuego (or the "Volcano of Fire") in Guatemala is a very active volcano, typically having small explosions each day. During periods of increased activity, the volcano can erupt violently, threatening thousands. With better monitoring, scientists could suggest more accurate, and timely,...

$1,650 (funded)
$5,400 (goal)
Great Lakes Research Center

This cabled observatory gives us an underwater interface that can be used year-round and is allowing us to study under a cover of ice. Our goal is to build a bigger observatory and monitor all of the Great Lakes.

$2,000 (funded)
$10,000 (goal)
Changes in Attitude: Predicting...

Understanding social norms—the set of unspoken rules dictating people's behaviors—allows scientists to predict sociological outcomes. Current computational behavior models fail to address changes in norm adherence over time. With new modeling tools, sociologists can better predict important...

$200 (funded)
$7,000 (goal)
Keweenaw Communications: Providing...

Michigan’s Keweenaw peninsula is host to countless outdoor activities. Snowmobiling, hiking, camping, climbing, and skiing are just a few. These activities place people well outside of cell phone coverage. An alternate system is needed to supplement cellular coverage and provide communications...

$4,105 (funded)
$8,500 (goal)
Keweenaw Science and Engineering...

For a second year, the Keweenaw Science and Engineering Festival (KSEF) is filled with family-friendly interactive and educational events for all ages. This four day festival includes an art show, Engineering Day, Science Pub Crawl, Nerd Night (for teens), Michigan Tech Mind Trekkers, MSU Science...

$2,500 (funded)
$15,000 (goal)

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