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Innovative App Challenge 2013

smart phonesThere’s a smartphone app for just about everything these days. What’s left to invent? Plenty. And U.S. middle and high school students could win $10,000 for their school by dreaming up the most compelling concept in the Verizon Innovative App Challenge. Submission deadline: January 18, 2013.

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Video: Snow Engineers

castleBenjy Miegs, a snow sculptor and student at Dartmouth College’s Thayer School of Engineering, explains snow sculpting in this cool video.

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Siemens STEM Institute for Teachers

summer poolsideApplications are now being accepted for the 2013 Siemens STEM Institute, an all-expenses-paid week of professional development for 50 middle and high school science and math teachers, and for a two-week Science Teachers as Researchers summer fellowship.

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Radio Days: Women in STEM

radio daysSeeing is believing, but what about hearing? To encourage more girls to go into STEM fields, the Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics has developed On The Air, an online radio series featuring stories of fascinating women scientists, engineers, and educators.

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Special Feature: Extreme Ice

glacier2Breathtakingly vast, Greenland’s ancient ice sheet turns out to be as fragile as it is formidable. Environmental photographer and Extreme Ice Survey founder James Balog has spent the past five years documenting the impact of Earth’s big thaw on glaciers there and in Iceland, Nepal, Alaska, and the U.S. Rocky Mountains in a stunning new book, Ice: Portraits of Vanishing Glaciers.

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Activity: Keep-A-Cube

ice boxRefrigeration is considered one of engineering’s greatest 20th-century achievements. In this activity, student teams in grades K – 6 explore the design process by engineering a way to keep an ice cube from melting for 30 minutes.

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