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Video Tour: The Ultimate ‘Green’ Building

hot air cool airHere’s a quick, fun video guide to environmental engineering produced by Channel One News. It explores the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco and the museum’s signature fully planted roof. It also explains the engineering behind the temperature control system in the four-story interior rain forest and includes an interview with an environmental engineer and advice on how to prepare for a career like his.

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Feature: Food Safety Engineering

deadly ingredientsE. coli and other food-borne illnesses kill thousands annually and sicken more than 1 in 6 Americans each year. Now, researchers in the emerging field of food-safety engineering are trying to protect what we eat, from farm to table.

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Feature: Women in Engineering Milestones

female engineers collageIn recognition of Women’s History Month, 2012, the American Association for Engineering Education presents these milestones for U.S. women in engineering. Notable examples include Elizabeth Bragg, the first woman to earn an engineering degree, Arminta Harness, the first woman to become an engineer in the U.S. Air Force, and Eleanor Baum, the first female dean of an engineering school in the U.S.

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Lesson: Snack Attack – Food Packaging

cookies in boxIn this activity, teams of middle school students explore the engineering design process and materials used to package food by designing and testing a package for a snack. The goal is for students to understand the basic engineering involved in designing food packaging.

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Contest: Potato Chip Challenge

chip challengeThe Potato Chip Challenge from Wondergy is a nationwide K-12 engineering challenge that has students designing a package to protect a potato chip being sent through the mail. In order to win, the crunchy snack food must arrive at its destination intact and undamaged.

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