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SciJinks for Kids: Wild Weather

SciJinks volcanoFrom tidal curiosities and solar flares to bad weather jokes, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s SciJinks website offers a wealth of resources for learning and teaching about Earth’s climate and geography.

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Robots to the Rescue

DRC Robotics IHRC and CHIMPThey got out of cars, climbed stairs, opened doors – and fell. But the mechanical humans that went through their paces in the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency’s Robotics Challenge in June showed that they could assist in disasters.

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Smithsonian Opens New Innovation Hall

Smithsonian innovation hallOn July 1, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History will open its new innovation wing, with interactive exhibits and programs focused on the theme of U.S. enterprise, business, and invention. The centerpiece of the 45,000-square-foot space is the studio of Ralph Baer, inventor of the home video game.

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Disaster-Proof Housing

storm damaged house illustrationIn this activity for middle school science, high school physics, or engineering, groups of students explore the housing crisis caused by natural disasters by applying appropriate technology and fluid mechanics to design sustainable shelters that can withstand flooding and high winds.

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Gross (but Cool) Science

Gross Science Show bugsThe world is full of revolting stuff, like parasites that squirm out of people’s feet. But gross stuff also can fascinate and inspire kids to learn about science. And that’s the idea behind PBS’s new YouTube series, “Gross Science.”

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Nat Geo Engineering Challenge

Dead Vlei, Namib DesertHow do you study an animal that can’t sit still or an environment so extreme you can’t visit? National Geographic Education’s Engineering Exploration Challenge (NGX) asks children 6 to 18 to follow the engineering design process to develop, build, and test robots to solve big challenges that explorers often face in the field.

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Building Bridges to Literature

Concord Hymn rude bridge poemDesigning, building, and testing bridges can help students develop teamwork and problem-solving skills along with inspiring their interest in engineering. Such hands-on projects also can fuel an interest in reading about bridges. Here are some notable titles that might strike a chord with your budding civil and structural engineers.

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EnergyTrends Video Contest

residential energy grid illustrationWhat do 6th and 7th graders know about where energy comes from, how much we use, and how that affects our daily lives? EnergyTrends.org is hosting a video contest for public school students to find out. Deadline is midnight May 29, 2015.

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Nanotechnology Lessons & Games

Nanostructures from NIST science as artUltra-tiny nanoscale engineered materials and technologies show up in products from cosmetics to medicine. To help teach this rapidly expanding area of STEM, TryNano has assembled a webpage with lessons, games, and other free resources.

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