Each year US college students spend about $1,000 on textbooks.
The Saylor Foundation wants to change this by providing free and open textbooks that can be used throughout an undergraduate education.
To do so they’ve launched the Open Textbook Challenge and offer $20,000 prizes to authors who create Creative Commons licensed textbooks in topics ranging from art history to business management to mechanical engineering.
For authors, the next round of grants and prizes closes May 31. Information about submitting material is here.
For students, petition your professors (and schools) to start using these materials.
Image: Screenshot from Elementary Linear Algebra(PDF) from Open Textbook Challenge winner Kenneth Kuttler of Brigham Young University.
As engineers that rely on creating prototypes, mockups, models, and parts, having a 3D printer would present many opportunities to better our processes and projects with some of the newest available technologies.
We had a great turn out for yesterday’s critical mass. Started out with about 33 people and ended with whoever is left in this picture. Can’t wait to do it again next month, that is if we do it the weekend of an away game. Now I’m ready for another sweaty sunday of polo
This Friday, August 26th, is the first critical mass in Auburn since the return of the thousands of students to our beautiful town. Come out, ride with us, sweat with us, and then make your way to the post part to get drunk with us! Should be a good time.