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Snowflake Chronicler

William Bentley snowflake imageNo two snowflakes are alike, right? We know this thanks to a Jericho, Vermont, farm boy and citizen engineer named Wilson A. Bentley, who adapted a microscope to a camera and spent 40 years capturing thousands of unique images.

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Citizen Engineers

Haitians walks past earthquake damageWhen Haiti suffered a devastating earthquake in 2010, Notre Dame engineering researchers created an online system that let students review hundreds of photos and reliably classify the structural damage. The effort is just one example of how “citizen engineers” and “citizen scientists” are advancing research in areas from astronomy to air pollution to penguins. Even snowflakes!

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Citizen Science

Alaska Chena Salmon citizen science projectMiddle school students learn that ordinary people like themselves can make meaningful contributions to science by reviewing examples of citizen science projects on Zooniverse, an interactive website. They then form “engineering teams” to brainstorm projects for their own community and design conceptual interactive websites that could organize and support them.

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ASEE PreK-12 Workshop & Call for Proposals

2016 ASEE K12 workshopDo you have a great hands-on activity or strategy that incorporates engineering into your STEM or literacy lessons? Share them with engineering educators and classroom teachers at ASEE’s 2017 PreK-12 Workshop in Columbus, Ohio, on June 24!

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National Youth Science Camp 2017

National Youth Science CampThe National Youth Science Camp, one of the country’s premier science education programs, offers graduating high school seniors from around the country and world a month of outdoor adventure and hands-on projects in the beautiful woods near Bartow, W.V., all travel costs and camp fees paid. Apply by March 1, 2017

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Join a Citizen STEM Project!

NASA GLOBE Observer appEvery day, millions of ordinary people young and old help advance knowledge in fields as diverse as astronomy and zoology. These “citizen” scientists and engineers record bird sightings and rainfall amounts, classify stars, monitor lead in local tap water, count frogs, and even discover comets! Here’s a sampling of projects. Where will you or your students volunteer?

Some projects spur new legislation. Others inspire community involvement and a lifelong interest in STEM.

Here’s a sampling of projects. Where will you or your students dive in?

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Dream Big for Engineers Week 2017

Engineers Week 2017 Dream Big posterIntroduce a girl to engineering. Live stream the Future City finals from Washington, D.C. Make slime and other cool stuff. National Engineers Week kicks off Feb. 19 – 25, 2017 and this year’s theme – Dream Big – takes its title from a spectacular IMAX movie about engineering that premieres at big-screen theaters around the country. How will you celebrate?

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Lesson: Map the Green Space

A City Garden in ChicagoStudents in grades 5-9 learn about urban planning as they assess the environmental health of their community, taking a walk around their neighborhood. They construct a map that identifies both positive and negative features and then recommend improvements.

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STEM Takes Wing!

kids watching birdsWant to engage your students while helping scientists get the “big picture” on what’s happening to bird populations worldwide? Grab some binoculars and join the annual Great Backyard Bird Count, which takes place February 17-20, 2017.

One of the oldest and biggest citizen-science projects is the annual Great Backyard Bird Count, held this year from February 17 to 20

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