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Engineering Students Design Toys

Purdue students designing toys 2011Can toys inspire more kids – especially girls – to become engineers? Purdue University mechanical engineering students think so, and they are designing and building high-tech educational toys that make science and engineering fun.

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Pathways to STEM

Pathways to SciencePathways to Science has a searchable roster of more than 1,500 science, technology, engineering, and math education programs and professional development opportunities for K-12 teachers and students.including a separate engineering resources search engine.

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For Toy Engineers, Work is Child’s Play

rubber duckyEver walk through a store’s toy department and wonder: Who dreams up these action figures, games, and other fun stuff? Toy engineers do! They get to play for a living, designing and making new toys to engage or educate kids of all ages.

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Build-a-Toy Workshop

toy car engineeringIn this hands-on activity, student teams apply the engineering design process to create prototype toys with moving parts. They set up electric circuits using batteries, wire, and motors, and plan project materials to meet budget constraints.

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‘Engineering for You’ Video Contest

tablet with gearsTo celebrate its 50th Anniversary, the National Academy of Engineering is offering a $25,000 prize for the most inspiring short video focused anywhere in the time period from 1964-2064 that shows how engineering innovations advance human welfare and address societal needs.

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