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Wind Chimes

wind chimesHigh school students design and build wind chimes using their knowledge of physics and sound waves, and under such constraints as weight, cost, and the number of musical notes their chimes must generate. They make mathematical computations to determine the pipe lengths. Links to similar activities for younger students included in activity scaling section.

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Siemens Possibility Grant for STEM Teachers

Smithsonian STEM fair mosaicHow would you fab your lab if your school received $10,000? The Siemens Possibility Grant Sweepstakes offers one lucky school a chance to buy equipment and technology for STEM students. Enter by April 27, 2018.

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Exploravision Contest 2018

Back to the Future carTeams of K-12 students can win up to $10,000 in U.S. Savings Bonds in this real-world research simulation sponsored by Toshiba and the National Science Teachers Association. Projects are due February 8, 2018.

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Hack This Toy!

Ohio State toy adaptation workshop students ASEE 2017Like engineers in Santa’s workshop, Ohio State University students and faculty are working with families in a unique Toy Adaptation Program to “hack” popular electronic toys so that children with special needs can enjoy them.

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Sensory Toys Make Sense!

sensory integration baby home-intervention in VietnamStudents in grades 6 to 9 learn about biomedical engineering and the human sensory system, then follow the engineering design process to create sensory-integration toys for youngsters with developmental disabilities.

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Extreme Event: Free STEM Games

Koshlund Science Museum Extreme Event game“It started out as a beautiful day, but in a disaster, anything can happen at any time…” So begins Extreme Event, a free, hour-long role-playing game from the National Academy of Sciences’ Marian Koshland Science Museum. The game is latest addition to teacher resources designed to help students and communities use science to address climate change, health, and other problems.

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Jingle Bell Silencer Challenge

jingle bellsCan you muffle the sound of a jingle bell using a variety of Christmas-themed items? Explore your sense of hearing – and learn about the 1965 astronauts who played Jingle Bells in space – in this simple activity designed for preK-5 students.

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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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Generation Nano Superhero Challenge

NSF Generation Nano graphicSpider-Man’s creator, Stan Lee, finds inspiration in STEM. And he hopes students in grades 6 to 12 will, too, by dreaming up comics or short videos in the National Science Foundation’s Generation Nano: Superheroes Inspired by Science competition. Top entries can win up to $1,500 in scholarships, with $500 stipends for teachers. Enter by January 8, 2018.

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