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Engineering Thrills

roller coasterA lot of engineering goes into making today’s gravity-defying rides both exciting and safe. Read about some roller coaster designers and the skills they bring to creating the world’s most thrilling wooden, steel, and virtual-reality experiences.

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EngineerGirl Essay Winners 2018

EngineerGirl infrastructureSelf-healing roads and Tick Tock, a Lyme disease-protection wristwatch that not only alerts wearers to the presence of ticks but sprays bug repellent are among the winners of the National Academy of Engineering’s 2018 EngineerGirl essay competition.

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Kid Picks: The Secret Code Menace

The Secret Code Message coverWant to get youngsters excited about computers and engineering? The Secret Code Menace, an adventure story for preteens by electrical and computer engineering professor Pamela Cosman, got 4.99 out of 5 stars from eGFI’s fourth-grade reviewer. Your STEM students will love it, too! (The author’s instructional guide includes problems and answers.)

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Generation Nano Superhero Winners

Generation Nano 2018 superheroWhat does a solar-powered, high-flying hero named Heliora have in common with a peppy polymer that transforms into a cell-size, chain-welding warrior to battle an antibiotic-resistant superbug? Both won the 2018 Generation Nano challenge!

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America’s Got STEM Talent!

Regeneron STS 2018 winnersOne developed a mathematical model that predicts the spread of potato blight. Another examined the response of lung cells to electronic cigarettes. The teens who topped this year’s Regeneron Science Talent Search come from 31 schools in 15 states. But all underscore the importance of elementary science instruction – an advantage few U.S. students currently enjoy, a new report notes.

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Computer Science for All Schools?

Army 2015 APG GEMS CS classNot comfortable teaching computer science? Join the crowd – but not for long. With well-paying tech jobs across the country going begging, states, local school districts, and the federal government are making computer science education a priority.

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Teacher’s App Gauges Students’ Well-Being

Emotions Count screen shot iconsSchools around the country have come to view social and emotional well-being as key to learning. They might want to check with Gina Greco, a fourth grade teacher in Auburn, Wash., who worked with local college students to develop a web-based app that asks students how they feel – and flags those who might need intervention.

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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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