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Competiton: Solve the Rubik’s Cube — Quickly!

RubiksThe You CAN Do the Rubik’s Cube Tournament challenges teams of K-12 students from area schools in Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia, to see who can solve 25 Rubik’s Cubes in the fastest time. Registration Deadline: April 30, 2010. Prizes: Range from $1,000 to $100.

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Event: Johns Hopkins Robo-Challenge, April 17, 2010

The JHU Robo-Challenge is a day long competition, April 17, 2010, in which high school and middle school teams compete in five robotics challenges. The day also features speakers on robotics, tours of the Hopkins campus and the robotics buildings, and lots of prizes. Team registration is closed, but the public is invited to join in the fun.

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Smithsonian Invention and Innovation Center, Washington, DC


The Website of the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History in Washington, DC provides: interactive exhibits, events, podcases, educational materials, research opportunities, articles on invention and innovation, invention archives at the National Museum of American History Archives Center, books, and websites.

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Event: NanoDays at Smithsonian’s Spark!Lab, March 27 – April 3, 2010

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The Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center joins NISENET to present NanoDays 2010, Mar 27, – Apr 03, a nationwide festival of educational programs about nanoscale science and engineering and its potential impact on the future.

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Teachers’ Summer: STEM at Cal Poly Pomona

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) high school teachers are encouraged to join the 2010 Summer Institute at Cal Poly Pomona, July 12-30, 2010. Application Deadline: March 31, 2010. No new 2011 information provided.

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Upward Bound Math Science Regional Center at TRIO – Upward Bound Math Science Regional Center

UPBWichita State University, a Kansas Board of Regents institution with a yearly enrollment of over 15,000 students, proudly hosts the Upward Bound Math-Science Center, commonly referred to as the “Galaxy Experience”. The Center serves high school freshmen-seniors who have the potential for success and demonstrated talent in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Services and activities undertaken by the Center are designed to increase post secondary education persistence and the capacity for students to pursue majors in STEM. It is the hope of program staff that emphasis on such courses of study will lead to careers in these areas.

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Website: Leonardo’s Mysterious Machines

Leonardo's Mysterious MachinesFrom the Museum of Science, Boston, the Leonardo’s Mysterious Machines quiz and related information pages are a valuable tool in studying Leonardo Da Vinci’s inventions. In addition to an interactive 8-question quiz, the website features class activities, loads of valuable information about Da Vinci’s life and inventions, and additional resources. The website is designed especially for teaching grades 4-8.

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Resource: Da Vinci Traveling Exhibit

Da Vinci: The Genius Traveling ExhibitGrande Exhibitions and the Anthropos Association have created a traveling exhibit called Da Vinci: The Genius. The exhibit incorporates images by French Scientific Engineer Pascal Cotte and his 25 revelations on the Mona Lisa, reproductions of Leonardo’s codices and most famous renaissance art, a collection of anatomical sketches, the Anghiari Battle Preparatory Drawings, and animations in 3D/HD of The Last Supper, the Vitruvian Man, and the creation of the Mona Lisa and the Sforza Horse Sculpture. It also features an informative audio guide, student workshop areas, a theatre, and a retail shop for Leonardo Da Vinci merchandise.

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Resource: Global SchoolNet

Global SchoolNetGlobal SchoolNet, a non-profit organization founded in 1984, supports 21st century learning and aims to improve academic performance through content driven collaboration. It engages teachers and K-12 students in meaningful project learning exchanges worldwide and helps them to develop science, math, literacy and communication skills.

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