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Students Summer: Engineering for Girls. San Diego. August 7, 2010

students02Sponsored by The Society of Women Engineers, Wow! That’s Engineering! is an day-long event on August 7, 2010 for girls in grades 6-8 to experience the creativity and innovation of engineering and technology with fun hands-on activities. Come meet women engineers, scientist, and technologist and hear first-hand about their exciting careers. Location: University of San Diego, 5998 Alcalá Park, San Diego, CA 92110. No new San Diego Event; March Boston event is full.

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Events: Science Workshops. Washington, DC June-July 2010

picture24864Experience hands-on science activities at the National Academies of Sciences’ Koshland Science Museum in Washington, DC, this June and July 2010, on Saturdays. Learn why some light bulbs are more efficient than others; investigate how hydrogen can be used as an every day fuel; and explore how immunization, antibiotics, and public health measures help prevent the spread of infectious diseases. Admission (to museum): Adults: $5.00; Students, Children, and Seniors: $3.00. No 2011 events scheduled, yet.

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Event: Girls Discover Engineering, Columbus OH. October 16, 2010

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At COSI’s Girls Discover…Engineering! program on Saturday, October 16, 2010 , girls will meet mentors from the Ohio State University’s Women in Engineering program; solve a Design Challenge; and take part in hands-on workshops led by women engineers. It’s day of teamwork that can lead to a lifetime of inspiration. Location: COSI, 333 West Broad Street, Columbus OH 43215. Eligibility: Girls in grades 6-8. Cost: $40.

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Museum: National Academy of Sciences, Washington D.C.

KSMStudentsThe Marian Koshland Science Museum, of the National Academies of Sciences in Washington, DC, aims to engage the general public in current scientific issues that impact their lives. The museum’s exhibits, public events, and educational programs provide information that stimulates discussion and provides insight into how science supports decision-making. Teachers cna visit the Teach and Learn section to find Web quests and class activities for middle and high school students on global warming, infectious diseases, the HIV pandemic, and genetics.

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Kids Are ‘Natural Engineers,’ Lawmakers Say

Young EngineerA bipartisan group of senators is pressing to give states a financial incentive to incorporate engineering education in K-12 curricula, letting them compete for grants from the U.S. Department of Education.

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Class Activities: Chemistry and Physics from CSIRO

csiroVisit the chemistry activity page from CSIRO — The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Australia’s national science agency — to find simple, fun chemistry and physics projects for students. Other sections of this science Website offer information, videos, links, the Double Helix Science Club, and local resources for Australia teachers.

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Philadelphia Experiment Finally Yields Results

School of the FutureIn 2006, Microsoft bet it could overhaul education using technical innovation, reform-minded teachers, and a $63 million investment. Over the past four years, its School of the Future, in Philadelphia’s Parkside district, has experienced real struggles. But now, all 117 seniors in the 2010, first graduating class will continue with some form of post-secondary education.

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Resource: American Chemical Society Education

American Chemical SocietyThe American Chemical Society provides a number of great resources and outreach programs for students and teachers. The organization and website features teaching guides, workshops, hands-on activities, puzzles, games, activity books, magazines, student programs, events, teacher training, online seminars, teacher certifications, reports on learning, grants, scholarships, courses, awards, community outreach, and more.

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High Schoolers to the Rescue

Sikorsky HH-60H SeahawkAs the Navy’s main combat search-and-rescue gunship, the Sikorsky HH-60H Seahawk is a workhorse of a helicopter that’s been in service since the mid-1980s. That means it sometimes needs updating. Now, help for the new redesign is coming from an unexpected quarter — a San Antonio high school.

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