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Who We Are

SteamWorks and innovators at NASA's Glenn Research Center have developed an educational device and method for creating letters, numbers, characters, symbols, or a combination, using shape memory alloy (SMA) wire.

The device, which is a small, portable apparatus, goes through a prescribed heating sequence which will train the shape memory alloy wire to 'remember' the shape set by the user (e.g. a star, heart, etc.). After the heating and cooling sequence of the device is complete, the user extracts the shape then can distort the trained shape memory alloy wire. Upon application of heat, the wire will transform back into the trained shape. This simple and portable tool offers adaptive, interactive, customized, and individualized shape creation for students, hobbyists, artists, and others.

Our Mission - SDG 4

Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

Education for Sustainable Development

There is growing international recognition of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) as an integral element of quality education and a key enabler for sustainable development. Both the Muscat Agreement adopted at the Global Education For All Meeting (GEM) in 2014 and the proposal for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) developed by the Open Working Group of the UN General Assembly on SDGs (OWG) include ESD in the proposed targets for the post- 2015 agenda. The proposed Sustainable Development Goal 4 reads "Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote life-long learning opportunities for all" and includes a set of associated targets.

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