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Event: Engineering Girl Day at UT Austin, Feb. 26, 2011

UT Austin GirlsIntroduce a Girl to Engineering Day (Girl Day), for 1st through 8th grade students, will be held this year at the University of Texas at Austin on Saturday, February 26, 2011 from 2 to 5 p.m. Families and educators are encouraged to join their students at for an afternoon of engineering fun. Girl Day gives students a chance to have fun doing grade-specific, hands-on engineering activities; meet students, professors and engineers from industry, and see what it’s like to be an engineer.

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Lesson: Build a Prosthetic Device

Man Running with ProstheticStudent in grades 4 – 8 are introduced to biomedical engineering and the technology of prosthetics. As they create a model prosthetic lower leg, testing its strength and considering pros and cons, they learn about issues and materials that biomedical engineers consider in designing artificial limbs.

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Google Plans the Ultimate Science Fair

Google in LEGOGoogle has partnered with NASA, the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), National Geographic, Scientific American, and LEGO to create a science fair that is intended to be open, inclusive, and global.

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Shanghai Teens are Tops in Math, Reading and Science

Chinese EducationShanghai 15-year-olds scored No. 1 in a major international math, science and reading test, beating students in dozens of countries, and did particularly well in math. American students placed “in the middle of the pack,” says an Education Department official.

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Engineering Lights a Spark

Max Launch Abort System (MLAS) Lifts Off from Wallops IslandClearly, Abby Ardis is an exceptional student. Still, the path taken by this senior at Snow Hill High School in Salisbury, Md. shows where an early interest in engineering and science can lead: internships at a NASA research facility and attendance at a bio-engineering conference.

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Online Science for Middle School Receives $2.5 Million

PhET States of Matter SimulationThe PhET project, which creates online STEM-based simulations for free use, has received new grants totaling in $2.5 million from the National Science Foundation and the Dallas-based O’Donnell Foundation. These grants will allow the University of Colorado at Boulder project to expand to a key area of need: middle school science.

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Feature: A Joint Effort

Lisa Pruitt with Horse JJ at a Summer WorkshopFor people with damaged or painful joints, something like a knee or hip replacement can be the key to a better life. It can also weaken, wear out, or break. That’s where mechanical and bioengineering Prof. Lisa Pruitt comes in.

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Custom Golf Clubs for Quadruple Amputee

Custom Golf Clubs from PINGA team of research engineers at golf equipment company PING has created a set of custom-fitted golf clubs for a man who has been a quadruple amputee since 2005. The researchers developed “a workable prototype” for Mesa, Arizona’s Jeff Lewis and worked with a prosthetist to develop a set of unique clubs.

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Superflipper Puts Amputees in the Competitive Swim

NeptuneFit and athletic amputees – like sprinter/long-jumper Aimee Mullins – have proved over and over that the loss of a limb is no reason to give up sports. Amputee swimmers, however, have been held back — until now. Enter Neptune, a colorful but functional superflipper designed for competitive amputee swimmers.

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