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Summer Camp 2010: Think Engineering and Robotics

Museum of AviationSummer camp isn’t always about crafts, swimming, and mosquito bites anymore. In Warner Robins, Ga., the STARBASE Robins Engineering Academy allows middle school students to gain familiarity with basic engineering principles and hands-on prototyping on a 3D printer. No 2011 information provided.

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Outreach: California STEM Careers Program

California State University-ChicoFive California State Universities have received a Learn and Serve America Higher Education grant totaling $1.5 million from The Corporation for National and Community Service. The grant is based on California State University-San Bernardino’s CoyoteCareers program. It will fund a new program, “STEM SQUARED,” which will support service learning in STEM disciplines, as well as academic support, career skills training, and networking opportunities.

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Resource: Naval Astronomical Information Center

Carina Nebula from HubbleThe Naval Oceanography Portal website maintains an Astronomical Information Center that contains a variety of informative resources. The directory features a glossary of terms, important definitions, fun facts, in-depth articles, data sets, lists, mathematical equations, and links to outside resources. Some topics include phenomena of the sun and moon, time, calendars and events, computing astronomical data, celestial navigation, and more.

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Competition: Human-powered Submarine Race

ISR-10 ArchimedePlans are already underway for the 20011 International Submarine Race, to be held next summer at the Naval Surface Warfare Center’s Carderock test tank facility in Bethesda, Maryland. The race tests the creative skills of young engineering students from schools and colleges throughout the world, as teams compete in one- and two-person “wet” submarines submerged along a 100-meter measured course.

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Rewrite of Science Standards Under Way

Young Students ExperimentingA committee of science, engineering, and education experts has completed the first of a two-step process to produce a framework for new science education standards. The final framework will serve as a guide to develop the next generation of science standards, highlighting the core science and engineering, technology, and cross-cutting concepts that all students need to understand.

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Carnegie Mellon Offers “Hard Fun” Robotics

Young Students Work with RoboticsThanks to a $7 million government grant, Carnegie Mellon University’s Fostering Innovation through Robotics Exploration (FIRE) program is giving kids hands-on experience with robots. The researchers hope to combat a national decline in the number of college students majoring in science, engineering, and math.

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Lesson: Ballast Systems in Submarines

Submarine With Water and Air Gushing from Ballast TanksThis lesson helps students understand how a submarine controls its buoyancy through the use of ballasts. Students construct a model ballast system, and then learn to control its vent valves to make it submerge and surface.

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Competition: MIT’s Ocean Science Bowl

Blue LobsterFor over 13 years, the Blue Lobster Bowl has been testing Massachusetts high school students in marine sciences, including biology, chemistry, physics, geology, maritime history, and ocean engineering. Each year approximately 2,000 students from 300 schools across the nation compete in their regional tournament. Winners of regional competitions are invited to compete in the National Ocean Sciences Bowl.

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Website: Consortium for Ocean Leadership

oceanleadership-logoThe Consortium for Ocean Leadership is a Washington, DC-based nonprofit organization that represents 95 of the leading public and private ocean research education institutions, aquaria, and industry with the mission to advance research, education and sound ocean policy. The organization manages ocean research and education programs in areas of scientific ocean drilling, ocean observing, ocean exploration, and ocean partnerships.

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