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National Robotics Week 2013

robotFrom regional FIRST Robotics competitions to a day of special events at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., the country will mark National Robotics Week April 6 – 14 with a host of engaging, hands-on activities. Find activities in your area.

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Corrosion: The Silent Menace

Corrosion The Silent Menace exhibitRust is a big problem for bridges, ships, and other metal structures. It’s also a fascinating challenge for engineers and scientists, as middle and high school visitors to “Corrosion: The Silent Menace,” a new exhibit at the Orlando Science Center in Florida, will discover.

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Raytheon “Build It Better” Contest

kids in school lunch line Is there something you use at school — in the classroom, on the field, in your science lab, on the playground, or anywhere on school grounds — that isn’t designed as well as it could be? Ratheon’s MathMovesU “Build It Better” contest is offering cash awards for the best ideas to improve those everyday items. Submission deadline is April 16.

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2013 Intel Science Talent All-Stars

2013 Intel Science Talent Search finalists at White HouseBiofuels and computer algorithms that help robots avoid obstacles are among the research projects that netted 10 high school seniors top honors in the 2013 Intel Science Talent Search. They were among 40 finalists from 20 states who vied for $630,000 in awards in the nation’s most prestigious science-research competition for high school seniors.

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Engineering Contests:

mortarboard and scholarshipsDesign competitions are a great way to get students excited about STEM, but finding up-to-date information in time to sign up can be difficult. Engineering Contests, a new aggregator of engineering competitions and scholarships for K-12 and college students, offers a one-stop shop that’s updated monthly.

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Activity: Robot Basketball

basketball robotIn this activity, students in grades 5 to 12 learn about accuracy, precision, and simple machines by working in teams to design and build a robotic basketball “player” that can nail a free-throw shot three times in a row.

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2013 NCAA Big Dance Basics

NCAA basketball championshipFrom long-shot “Cinderella” teams to “field goal” averages and “bracketology,” the NCAA Div. 1 men’s college basketball championship has generated a host of pet terms and traditions since it first tipped off in 1939. Here’s a guide to this year’s NCAA Big Dance, which tips off March 19.

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Engineer Hoopsters

basketball NASA shootingEngineering and science majors may have to log long hours doing labs and problem sets. But that doesn’t mean they must abandon their hoop dreams. In fact, engineering students – including many on MIT’s men’s basketball team, the Engineers – have long distinguished themselves on the court.

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