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Activity: Build a Paper Tower

Rolling Newspaper for Building a Paper TowerStudents in grades 5-12 try to build the tallest structure they can using only two sheets of newspaper. As they do so, they learn about building design.

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Program: YOU@UT – Girls at UT Austin. Oct. 11, 2010

YOUT YOU@UT is a program for high school senior women to discover how engineering can impact the world and benefit society. Register for the Oct. 11 or Nov. 6, 2010 event now!

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Tufts Loans Lab Equipment to Schools

Tufts University Dana LaboratoryTufts university will loan state-of-the-art lab equipment to four Boston area high schools, to help support better lab instruction and to hook kids on science inquiry.

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Make Way for Micronauts

Young Micronauts Learn with NASAThe Challenger Center for Space Science Education operates 45 Learning Centers across the United States, using space-mission simulators and interactive exhibitions to make STEM subjects fun for students in grades 5 through 8. Now, a new center will open next spring in West Virginia targeting K-2 students.

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School Reform in Political Cross-hairs

Michelle RheeThe defeat of Washington, D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty in the Sept. 14 Democratic primary could have repercussions for school reform efforts nationwide. That’s because much of the campaign revolved around Fenty’s hand-picked public schools chief, Michelle Rhee, and her high-profile shake-up of the city’s troubled school system.

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Eighth Graders Trade Textbooks for iPads

iPadAs California students return to school this month, 400 eighth graders from four districts — Long Beach, Riverside, Fresno, and San Francisco — will tote something different in their backpacks: an iPad. It’s part of a pilot program meant to determine whether Apple’s popular device can replace traditional algebra textbooks.

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What Happens to Our Best and Brightest?

Young Students Taking a TestAmerican educators too often fail to identify and cultivate potentially high-achieving students who could become tomorrow’s Thomas Edisons or Marie Curies, the National Science Board says in a new report. As a result, the country risks losing innovators key to U.S. economic growth and global competitiveness.

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Best Study Practices Reassessed

Tired Student Falls Asleep While StudyingScience writer Benedict Carey says there is no empirical evidence that grinding study schedules, quiet work spaces, and hard-set goals help students learn. There are, however, at least four effective approaches that are backed by cognitive-science research. “But they directly contradict much of the common wisdom about good study habits, and they have not caught on.”

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Exhibit: Designing Tomorrow. Washington, DC. Oct 2010-July 2011

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The Designing Tomorrow exhibit at the National Building Museum, in Washington, D.C., October 2, 2010 -July 10, 2011, explores the modernist spectacles of architecture and design Americans witnessed at the nation’s world’s fairs between 1933 and 1940 — visions of a brighter future during the worst economic crisis the United States had known. The fairs popularized modern design for the American public and promoted the idea of science and consumerism as salvation from the Great Depression.

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