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TeachEngineering Adds Video, Maker Challenges

TeachEngineering logoTeachEngineering, a searchable online library of more than 1,400 teacher-tested activities and lessons developed for use in STEM classrooms, just got a makeover. Improvements include videos, Maker challenges, alignment with Common Core math and Next Generation science standards, and “Sprinkles” – abbreviated versions of popular activities designed for use in after-school programs.

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Free, Personalized AP Prep for Teachers

Khan Academy and College Board logoA “personalized assistant” for your classroom is how David Coleman, president of the College Board, described a new partnership with the nonprofit Khan Academy to create free online Advanced Placement test-preparation and course materials for teachers and students in every AP subject.

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Girl Scouts add STEM Badges

Girl Scout badgesThey can earn badges for community service, first aid, hiking, and car maintenance. Now, some 1.6 million Girl Scouts of the USA will be able to qualify for a new set of badges – focused on STEM.

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Research: Using ‘F Words’ in Elementary STEM

rubber duck upside downFailure – and learning from it – is integral to engineering design but shunned in most classrooms. ASEE PreK-12 engineering authorities Elizabeth A. Parry and Pamela S. Lottero-Perdue examined how elementary teachers’ perspective and use of “fail words” can change to support inquiry and learning.

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Virtual Maker Camp

Maker Camp 2017Stitched circuits and musical instruments made from marshmallows are among the latest offerings in the 2017 Maker Camp, a virtual DIY summer camp sponsored by Make magazine. Many activities could work well as classroom projects, too!

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Powerhouse on Wheels

University of Pittsburgh engineering researcher Rory CooperParalympic champion and University of Pittsburgh assistive-technology pioneer Rory Cooper wants people with disabilities to see engineering as a great career.

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Tim Balz: Student & Freedom Chairs Founder

Tufts OKEE engineering programAs a high school sophomore, Tim Balz refurbished his first motorized wheelchair and gave it to a fellow student. Today, Freedom Chairs, the nonprofit he founded and continues to run as a mechanical engineering student at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, has distributed 130 wheelchairs worldwide while he has won awards as a wheelchair innovator and entrepreneur.

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Visit ASEE @ NSTA STEM Forum July 12-14!

NSTA STEM Forum logoReal-time arctic research and a new teacher-proven tool for embedding engineering into your courses are among the ASEE presentations at NSTA’s annual STEM Forum & Expo in Orlando July 12 to 14. Join us!

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Helping Hands

University of Louisville biomedical engineering students test prosthetic hand they build for LucasImagine not being able to pick up a glass of water, open a door, or play catch because you had no hands. Now imagine you’re a biomedical engineer and can help amputees regain dexterity – with the help of a home 3D printer.

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