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        Pneumatic Actuator Systems

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        Adapted from "Single-Action Rod System," "Double-Action Gripper," and "Guided Vacuum Pickup" by MATEC.



        This media asset was adapted from "Single-Action Rod System," "Double-Action Gripper," and "Guided Vacuum Pickup" by MATEC.

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        Funder: National Science Foundation-2-grayscale

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        The Advanced Technological Education Special Collection on PBS LearningMedia is contributed by the WGBH Educational Foundation. It is a collaborative production of WGBH Education, the WGBH Media Library and Archives, and WGBH Interactive.

        The Advanced Technological Education Special Collection is funded by the National Science Foundation under grant number 0802426. However, any opinions, findings, conclusions, and/or recommendations are those of the investigators and do not necessarily reflect the views of the funders. Additional funding for biotechnology materials in the collection has been provided by the Amgen Foundation.

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        Project Management

        Denise Blumenthal

        Joe Brandt

        Anna Brooks

        Karen Cariani

        Christine Dietlin

        Howard Lurie

        Peter Pinch

        Ted Sicker

        Amy Tonkonogy

        Resource Production Team

        Steven Bedard

        Julie Ecker

        Jill Farinelli

        Irena Fayngold

        Anna Fort

        Emily Lu

        Christopher Riegle

        Lisa Rosenthal

        Barbara Seidl

        Mitch Smith

        Lori Stokes

        Business Management

        Maria Constantinides

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        Copy Editor

        Cynthia Bond

        Advisory Team

        Core Advisor

        Gordon Snyder, National Center for Telecommunications Technologies


        Marilyn Barger, Florida Advanced Technological Education Center

        Terry Bartelt, Fox Valley Technical College

        Terry Brase, Kirkwood Community College

        William Duggar, International Technology Education Association

        Michael Lesiecki, Maricopa Advanced Technology Education Center

        Senta Raizen, National Center for Improving Science Education

        John Ritz, Old Dominion University

        Kendall Starkweather, International Technology Education Association

        Scott Warner, Millersville University of Pennsylvania

        M.J. Willis, Central New Mexico Community College

        Lesson Plan Advisor

        Judy Donnelly,Three Rivers Community College

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        AFP/Getty Images - Saul Loeb and Michael Urban

        Agricultural Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture/Stephen Ausmus, Scott Bauer, Jack Dykinga, Peggy Greb, David Nance, and Keith Weller

        ATETV/Pellet Productions, Inc./AIME

        John D. Coates

        College of Technology Regional Center for Next Generation Manufacturing/Connecticut Community Colleges

        V.H. Crespi

        Judith F. Donnelly, PHOTON Projects of the New England Board of Higher Education


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        Georgia Tech/Gary Meek and Zhimin Song

        Greenfuel Technologies

        Naomi Halas, Rice University

        Jeff Harbold, Cornell University Barskaya, Mike Dabell, dt03mbb, Mark Evans, Rob Friedman, Johann Helgason, johnnyscriv, Sebasian Kaulitzki, chiara levi, Dr. Heinz Linke, mangostock, MBCheatham, Pamela Moore, Darko Novakovic, P_Wei, ranplett, Alexander Raths, Joerg Reimann, Andrew Rich, ryasick, Chris Schmidt, Daniel Schoenen, Paul Tessier, and Jean-Francois Vermette

        Prof. Ghassan E. Jabbour, Optical Sciences Center, University of Arizona

        Jupiterimages Corporation


        Oliver Kreylos, Center for Image Processing and Integrated Computing, University of California, Davis

        Laboratoire des IMRCP

        Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

        Maricopa Advanced Technology Education Center

        Marine Advanced Technology Education Center

        Materials Research Science and Engineering Center on Nanostructured Interfaces, University of Wisconsin

        Eric Mazur, Harvard University

        Gina Miller,

        Mission magazine/University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

        Missouri Natural Resources Conservation Service

        Montana State University

        Nanoscience Centre, University of Cambridge


        National Center for Information and Communications Technologies (

        National Renewable Energy Lab

        National Renewable Energy Lab/Kim Adams

        New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

        North Dakota State College of Science

        Northwestern University

        Pennsylvania State University and Ushahidi

        Regulon, Inc.

        Sandia National Laboratories/Randy Montoya

        SCHOTT Bukovac and Lisa F. Young

        Solar Decathlon/Kaye Evans-Lutterodt and David Hicks

        Southwest Research Institute

        Stirling Energy Systems

        Paul Taylor, N.S.F.

        Tomra North America

        U.S. Department of Energy

        U.S. Department of Energy/Oak Ridge National Laboratory

        U.S. Department of Labor

        U.S. Department of Labor/Bureau of Labor Statistics

        U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

        United Solar Ovonic

        University of Alabama


        Voltaic Systems


        WVIA/Pennsylvania College of Technology

        Special thanks to AFTRA and AF of M for granting permission to use segments produced with participation of their members.

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