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Sochi’s Big Olympics Dig

Sochi Olympic constructionIt takes host cities a lot of time, money, and engineering to prepare for the Olympics, and Sochi, the Russian seaside resort that will welcome athletes and fans from around the world this February, is no exception. Along with luge runs and ice arenas, the area’s 218 Olympic projects include a new high-speed rail and seaport.

A recent Businessweek article estimated the total at $51 billion, making Russia’s games the costliest in history

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Science & Engineering of the Sochi Olympics

Snowboard scene with NSF logo for 2014 winter olympicsWhether its swifter, safer bobsleds or high-performance speed-skating suits, science and engineering are as much on display at the 2014 Winter Olympics at Sochi, Russia. Catch the high-tech action in the latest installment of the Emmy Award-winning “Science of Sports” series from the National Science Foundation and NBC Learn.

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Build a Bobsled Racer

bobsled on track Teams of students in grades 3 to 8 learn about friction, forces, and the engineering design process by building and testing miniature bobsleds to see which can race down an icy slope either the fastest or slowest.

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Chair Lift Challenge

chair lift

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Million Women STEM Mentors

Million Woman Mentors logoMillion Women Mentors (MWM), a collaborative initiative launched for National Mentoring Month in January, aims to raise interest – and participation in stem by matching 1 million female engineers, scientists, and other successful STEM professionals with women and girls aspiring to pursue STEM degrees and careers.

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2014 TEAMS Contest to Improve Cities

TEAMS competition logo“Engineering Tomorrow’s Cities,” the theme of the Technology Students Association’s 2014 National Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics and Science (TEAMS) Competition, asks middle and high school students to address such urgent societal needs as fresh water supplies and green space. The daylong competition will be held at the TSA annual conference in Washington, D.C., June 27 to July 1.

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