The Infinity Project provides engineering curricula for high school and university classrooms, including industry-standard technology and professional development, in classrooms 34 US states
NI Labview for the Infinity Project is designed to work with the other components of the National Instruments Infinity Technology Kit, which includes the Texas Instruments DSP-based student board, the NI Speedy-33, a USB webcam and audio speakers.
The software also comes with a novel course management interface making it easy for professors and teachers to access existing labs and create new labs.
"Project-based curriculum and hands-on technology like those the Infinity Project provides are integral to inspire and educate more scientists and engineers," said Ray Almgren, NI vice president of product marketing and academic relations.
"If we expect students to study science and engineering, educators must use relevant tools and teach topics - exactly what the Infinity Project delivers.
"NI has worked closely with the Infinity Project team to integrate Labview into hands-on exercises so that the students can design and explore existing technologies like cell phones, digital cameras and MP3 players".
The intuitive graphical programming language provides educators an engaging and fun way to teach engineering concepts through project-based learning.
The National Instruments software platform incorporates more than 20 years of innovation and customer feedback to help educators introduce and teach real-world engineering concepts, including data acquisition, analysis, test and measurement, while helping prepare students for college readiness.
"In the United States, we face a critical shortage of well-trained engineers in the coming years.
"The Infinity Project aims to inform, attract and motivate more bright students to explore what engineering has to offer, and National Instruments is a key partner for our programme," said Geoffrey Orsak, dean of engineering at Southern Methodist University and founder of the Infinity Project.
"The Labview graphical approach to programming makes it an ideal platform to teach problem solving and engineering concepts.
"NI Labview for the Infinity Project software is a key to helping the Infinity Project achieve its goal of bringing the most innovative engineering education to every high school in the USA."