The Center for Embedded Networked Sensing (CENS), a UCLA-based consortium of six schools, is testing and perfecting wireless sensing technology to connect major chunks of the physical world to the internet--and the technology also is being used to give students a glimpse of science in the real world.

CENS currently supports graduate student research, offers a summer undergraduate internship, and has a program for high school students. This summer, 11 high school students and 14 undergraduates are interning with the consortium.

Once the stuff of science fiction, wireless sensor networking is quickly catching on, attracting the attention of...

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