5 Science and Technology Advancements in 2014

1. Student-built radiation experiment abroad Orion

NASA's Year in review included the launch of the Orion EFT-I test flight. Abroad this flight was a radiation experiment designed by five high school students from Governor's School for Science and Technology in Virginia.

2. The White House hosted its first Maker Faire

On June 18, The White House opened its doors for the first ever White House Maker Faire. A 3-D Print of President Obama, which will go on display at the Smithsonian, is  one of the many activities that took place at this exciting new event.

3. Google launched "Made With Code" initiative

In June, Google launched its "Made With Code" Initiative, a movement that encourages girls to get involved in coding by hosting events, sponsoring projects, and highlighting women in the STEM field as mentors to young girls. OETC's keynote speaker Danielle Feinberg is a "Made with Code" mentor.

4. Affordable agricultural drones will help improve water use and pest management

The widespread use and affordability of agricultural drones was just one of the many advancements listed on Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT) year in review. A brain map that will allow neuroscientists to see the brain with more clarity than ever before and mircoscale 3-D printing advancements were also listed.

5. Teenagers used science to solve the world's problems

Three Irish 16-year-olds used a natural bacteria to speed up germination rate and crop productivity, making strides against world hunger and winning first prize in Google's Science Fair. Technology to clean up oil spills, robots to help save lives in natural disasters, and devices that can convert breathing to speech were also division winners in the fair. The three grand prize winners and the four additional winners showed Google, and us, how science and technology can be used to solve big issues.