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Online Mentors for Engineering Students

MentorNet2Want to help your graduating seniors succeed in engineering and science majors? MentorNet, an award-winning online program available on more than 100 campuses, matches women and underrepresented students in engineering and science with mentors in industry and academia.

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Online Engineering Mentors Sought

MentorNetMentorNet, an award-winning online program that matches thousands of women and underrepresented students in engineering each year with mentors in industry and academia, is accepting new campus and corporate partners as well as volunteer mentors in all science and engineering disciplines.

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More Schools Are Catching the iPad Bug

iPadApple’s iPad hasn’t yet taken over the nation’s classrooms, but it’s starting to look as though it might. In Colorado, Manitou Springs Middle School plans to buy an iPad for every fifth-through-eighth grader next year and have one for every high schooler the following year. Now in pilot: an iPad-only algebra curriculum.

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DIY Space-flight Experiments for High Schoolers

Earth's Horizon (Image by NASA)Two Houston engineers have won a competition for low-cost experiments that high school students could send aboard a suborbital space flight. They have designed an inexpensive microgravity spaceflight kit that allows students to conduct three experiments demonstrating important principles of science and engineering.

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Lesson: Solar Water Heater

Water Heater SetupStudent teams in grades 9-11 gain a better understanding of heat transfer and engineering by designing and building solar water-heating devices that mimic those used in residences. Once the model devices are constructed, students perform efficiency calculations and compare designs.

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Testing Movement Reaps Few Gains

Classroom CartoonNearly a decade of graduation exams, “adequate yearly progress,” and other test-based accountability systems has produced little or no positive effect on student learning, a blue-ribbon committee of the National Academies concludes in a new report. Moreover, there are insufficient safeguards against gaming the system.

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