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Event: Engineering for Girls. San Diego, August 7, 2010


Middle school girls are invited to experience the creativity and innovation of engineering and technology with fun hands-on activities at the University of San Diego, CA, on August 7, 2010. Come meet women engineers, scientist, and technologist and hear first-hand about their exciting careers. Cost: Free. Registration deadline: August 2, 2010.

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Puzzler: Online Engineering Quiz

jets understanding2JETS Practical Understanding is an online exercise that allows users to sample the kinds of problems engineering students tackle. It also provides the chance to solve some problems, see how interesting they are, and how well you understand them. The exercise contains 25 multiple-choice questions covering general areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Attempting all 25 questions takes about 30 minutes to complete.

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Event: Project Lead the Way National Innovation Summit

Innovation SummitOn October 20-22, Project Lead the Way hosts its first annual National Innovation Summit, which it hopes will engage, inspire, and re-energize STEM education. Assembling innovative thinkers inside and outside STEM education, the summit will explore topics such as technology tools and training, the importance of competitions, and nanomedicine. Cost: $425 Full registration, $350 early registration.

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Website: Ten Cool Sites, Monthly

TenCheck out the Ten Cool Sites page of San Francisco’s Exploratorium Museum, posted each month to showcase “a collection of cool, interactive sites from the Web,” focusing on science subjects. The site provides an archive of past editions, those that have been most recommended, a “random cool” selection, and an alphabetized list of categories.

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Awards: Naval Science Program


NSAP is a U.S. Navy and Marine Corps program that recognizes the accomplishments of students at eligible regional and state science and engineering fairs and the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in producing and presenting quality science and engineering projects. Teachers can visit the NSAP Website to gain informaton; register an eligible science fair; or sign up to volunteer as a NSAP judge or presenter.

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Contest Deadline Extended: Science Video. August 31, 2010

Deadline for the Kavli Science Video Contest has been extended to August, 31, 2010.

This contest for K-12 students invites videos that are creative, surprising, and “contagious,” spreading science enthusiasm to others. Videos might explore a scientific concept, show the wonders of nature, show what scientific discovery has done for us in the past or will do for us in the future, introduce a great scientist or engineer, or simply show why we should care about science and/or engineering. Prizes include a screening on the National Mall, money , and possibly even a trip to the Science Expo in Washington D.C.

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Lesson: The Math of Sailboat Design

SailboatStudents learn about sailboat design and how the shape of sails affects their movement. They apply what they learn about sailboat design to their math lesson, which involves the basic postulate of right triangle trigonometry and the Pythagorean Theorem. The lesson provides a fun, hands-on way to demonstrate that the Pythagorean Theorem can be tested and proved.

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Activity: Build a Model Submarine

SubmarineStudents in grades 5-8 learn the basic principle of buoyancy and how submarines use it to dive and ascend in water through creating their own submarine out of a soda bottle, pennies, and other household items. Activity courtesy of the National Museum of the U.S. Navy.

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Feature: Pooling Their Talents

Teacher Bill AndrakeA simulated shipwreck tested students from four Boston-area schools, who, through the MIT Sea Grant/Sea Perch Program, built remotely operated underwater vehicles to check for leaks of hazardous cargo and salvage the wreck.

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