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Google’s Global Science Fair

Cartoon kids doing science Past winners have improved breast-cancer detection and reduced the health risks from grilling chicken. This year’s Google Science Fair grand prize includes a 10-day trip to the Galapagos Islands and $50,000 in scholarships. The deadline for submitting projects is May 13, 2014.

Deadline for submissions is May 13, 2014

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Green Cities: Earth Day 2014

Sustainable green globeShare a ride. Plant a tree. There are lots of ways individuals can have a positive impact on the planet. Earth Day 2014’s theme is Green Cities. Since buildings worldwide are responsible for a third of all greenhouse gas emissions, reducing the carbon footprint of schools, homes, and offices can pay huge dividends.

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STEMtheGAP Teacher Challenge

students in science labDo you have a great idea for boosting STEM education? Dow’s STEMtheGap competition, open to all K-12 teachers nationwide, will reward the best 100 ideas with a $1,000 grant.

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Novel Wind Turbines

rooftop wind turbineOne day, we may be lugging our own personal wind turbines. International design company frog has unsheathed an umbrella-size, portable wind turbine called Revolver that can generate enough juice from a faint breeze to power a laptop, small light, or radio, or recharge a cellphone or other small electronic gadget.

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Wind Power for Your Home

wind turbineIn this activity, students in grades 9-11 learn how engineers harness the energy of the wind by following the engineering design process to create and test two prototype wind turbines to see which works best. They also learn about where to place a wind turbine for maximum effectiveness, and to weigh the advantages and disadvantages compared with other energy sources.

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