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Engineers Month Giveaway #1


This week’s contest is now closed – stay tuned for next week!

Good news, teachers: in honor of National Engineers Week, eGFI will be giving away free packs of colorful, laminated eGFI cards for your classroom!

And because we love engineering so much, we’re extending the celebration all month and will be giving away one pack of our popular cards every week in February, 2011.

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Video: Concussions In Football

ConcussionsIn this video, Sport Science takes a deeper look into concussions caused from helmet to helmet collisions. It exams the different factors involved and offers statistics on concussions and collisions in the NFL.

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Video: How Helmets Are Made

Helmet from VideoThis video from Riddell shows how their protective football helmets are made. The video takes a step-by-step approach and explains how the gear is tested and assembled.

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Contest: ThinkQuest International Competition

ThinkQuestThe 2011 ThinkQuest International Competition challenges students to apply their critical thinking, communication, and technology skills to a real-world problem. Teams research, develop, and test their solution before presenting it to a global audience. Students and their coaches put their ideas and skills to the test in one of three events.

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Grant to Aid STEM Teacher Recruitment

Teach for America TeacherTeach for America is the latest player in the nation’s effort to improve STEM education. The alternative teacher-preparation program is getting a $500,000 financial boost from the ExxonMobil Foundation to recruit and train recent college graduates for math and science teaching positions in high-needs communities.

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Lesson: Safety Gear and Helmets

Football HelmetIn this lesson, students in grades 6-8 learn the basic engineering issues related to helmet design, specifically the physics of collisions and the biomechanics considerations of design. Students then identify and solve design challenges, create a poster representation of their solutions, and present them to their peers. Finally, students will learn about the dangers of not wearing a helmet in certain sports.

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Learning from the Challenger Tragedy

Challenger CrewTwenty five years ago, on January 28, Americans watched in horror as the space shuttle Challenger exploded, barely a minute after takeoff, killing all seven crew members. Schools nationwide still honor the memory of Christa McAuliffe, a New Hampshire high school social studies teacher who was aboard the ill-fated flight that morning as NASA’s first Teacher in Space Project participant.

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No Boundaries Competition (Updated)

No BoundariesThe No Boundaries National Competition gives students the chance to learn about opportunities at NASA, explore careers in STEM, and win prizes that are out of this world. After completing the project and presenting their work to peers, student groups are encouraged to enter their project in the competition.

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Most U.S. Students Not Proficient in Science

Proficiency MapScores released January 25 from the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress show that many U.S. students still struggle in science. Just 34 percent of fourth graders, 30 percent of eighth graders, and 21 percent of 12th graders are performing at or above ‘proficient’ – with just a tiny fraction displaying the advanced skills that could lead to careers in science and technology.

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