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Activity: Phones for Special Needs

In this two-period activity for grades 3 and 4, students learn the basics of engineering associated with the design of telephones to make them more accessible for people who have a visual or hearing impairment or who lack fine motor skills.

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Feature: Flight to Achievement

With cash incentives and coaching, a Texas-based initiative dramatically improves minorities’ success in science and math.
By Margaret Loftus

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Feature: Route to the Top

A fifth of the top executives at America’s biggest companies are engineers. One reason: Their hardnosed problem-solving skills help the bottom line. By Thomas K. Grose What do Fred Hassan, George W. Buckley, Michael R. Splinter, and David J. O’Reilly have in common? Well, they all breathe the rarefied air of some of America’s most […]

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Activity: Slinkies and Magnetic Fields

Students use an old fashioned children’s toy, a metal slinky to mimic and understand the magnetic field generated in an Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine. Students run a current through the slinky and use computer and calculator software to explore the magnetic field created by the slinky.

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Special Feature: Route to the Top

What do Fred Hassan, George W. Buckley, Michael R. Splinter, and David J. O’Reilly have in common? Well, they all breathe the rarefied air of some of America’s most important executive suites: Each is the chief executive officer of a Standard & Poor’s 500 company.

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