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NSTA Exploravision Contest 2017

Exploravision 2017 studentsWorking with a teacher, teams of up to 4 students pick a current technology, research it, envision what it might look like in 20 years, and describe the development steps, pros and cons, and obstacles. Submissions are due February 6, 2017.

Sponsored by the National Science Teachers Association and Toshiba, this year’s contest is linked to the Next Generation Science Standards. More than 350,000 students in the United States and Canada have participated in ExploraVision since its 1992 debut.

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An Engineer & Slam Poet

NASA tech innovation posterWhat do spoken-word poetry, engineering, and video contests have in common? Plenty if you’re Nehemiah J. Mabry, a structural engineer, educator, and entrepreneur from North Carolina who took home this year’s grand prize in the National Academy of Engineering’s Engineering for You (E4U) video contest with an on-screen recitation of his slam poem, “Future Cities with Intelligent Infrastructure.”

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Visualize STEM

Thermagram handIn this lesson, high school students learn the value of writing and art in science and engineering by designing visual diagrams to communicate the results of thermal conductivity (heat flow) experiments they have conducted to anyone with little background on the subject. The principles of visual design include contrast, alignment, repetition, and proximity, and involve such elements as the use of lines, color, texture, shape, size, value, and space.

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Best STEM Books of 2017

Pam Lottero-Perdue best STEM booksLooking for inspiring literature about STEM that not only is good reading but accurately depicts complex content? Responding to continued calls from teachers, the National Science Teachers Association just published such a “best books” list. And American Society for Engineering Education members helped develop it with the ‘E’ in mind!

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NASA Space Spinoff Contest

NASA tech innovation posterNASA’s second annual OPSPARC Challenge asks students in grades 3 to 12 to identify everyday items that were first developed for a space mission and then imagine a new humanitarian purpose for that technology. Deadline for submission is February 10, 2017.

That question lies at the heart of NASA’s Optimus Prime Spinoff and Research Challenge, a contest that asks students in grades 3 to 12 to identify and dream up a new purpose for technology first developed for a space mission.

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