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Google Funding for K-12 Computer Science

google RISE logoApplications for the 2014 Google RISE (Roots in Science and Engineering) Awards are due September 30. Organizations can receive up to $50,000 to expand successful K-12 computer science programs or include computer science in STEM programs aimed at girls and underrepresented minorities.

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SMART Competition 2014: Redesign a H.S. Gym

SMART Competition logo The SMART Competition invites high school students to apply their knowledge of science, math, physics, and engineering to develop intelligent-building solutions for a world increasingly dependent on energy efficiency, redesign, and reuse, This year’s challenge is to redesign an existing high school gym. Students will be mentored by design and engineering professionals, and use the same techniques and tools as the country’s best design firms.

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Engineering for the Three Little Pigs

Three Little Pigs laying bricksStudents learn about the importance of using the right materials for the job by building three different sand castles and testing them for strength and resistance to weathering. They then discuss how the buildings are different and what engineers need to think about when using rocks, soils, and minerals for construction.

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MIT Videos Convey Key STEM Concepts

video screens with bookAre your students vexed by vectors or mystified by electricity? MIT’s Open Courseware offers a series of videos designed to help students learn these and other pivotal concepts in science, technology, engineering, mathematics that are the building blocks of many engineering curricula.

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