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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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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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Gimme Shell-ter

student in Project PORTS oyster restoration projectLike many New Jersey shore communities, Gandy’s Beach was devastated by Hurricane Sandy. The solution? Engage school communities in a real-world restoration project: Building a living breakwater from bags of old shells to protect both oyster beds and shoreline from future storm damage.

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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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U.S. Students Lag in STEM

math worksheetDespite years of White House science fairs, a national emphasis on STEM education, and new science standards that include engineering design, U.S. students still fall short of their peers around the world in math and science, a major international exam reveals.

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Dear Science: Advice Column

colorful question marksTrying to resuscitate your cellphone that just fell in a puddle – or persuade a doubting Thomas about climate change? Ask Dear Science, the Washington Post’s new advice column that seeks to use “old-fashioned scientific know-how” to answer one question submitted by readers each week.

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Rising Stars in Engineering

Intel STS 2016 top three winnersWho says homework has to be boring? Not the 40 high school finalists in the Intel Science Talent Search, the nation’s most prestigious science competition. Now in its 75th year, the 2016 talent search witnessed a historic first: a majority of the finalists and winners were young women!

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New K-12 STEM Journal

Omaha Zoo AcademyConnected Science Learning, a new online journal for STEM educators, seeks to bridge the gap between informal and traditional education settings by highlighting effective programs and partnerships that enhance STEM learning. The inaugural issue, released March 15, includes articles on Omaha’s “Zoo Academy,” a museum partnership with Denver schools, and a Franklin Institute program on applying neuroscience to education.

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