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Paper Roller Coasters

paper roller coaster loop de loopTeams of high school students learn about energy and energy transformation, then use their knowledge to design and build a paper model of the most fun and exciting roller coaster they can imagine.

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Lemelson-MIT Workshops for Teachers

Lemelson-MIT teachers PD workshopThe Lemelson-MIT Program, located within the School of Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), is hosting three hands-on professional development workshops this summer aimed at helping middle and high school teachers nurture their students’ creativity and inventive mindsets.
Midwest | July 11-13, 2018 at Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton, Wisc.
West Coast | July 25-27, 2018 at California Polytechnic State University in Pomona, Calif.
East Coast | August 1-3, 2018 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass.

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Building Roller Coasters

marble roller coaster in classroomStudents in grades 7 to 9 build model roller coasters using pipe insulation and marbles, then analyze them using physics principles, including conversions between kinetic and potential energy and frictional effects. A class competition using various marbles to represent different passenger loads determines the most innovative and successful designs.

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Build a Bike Helmet

bike helmetStudents in grades 9 and 10 are introduced to the biomechanical characteristics of helmets and challenged to incorporate them into helmet designs. They come to understand the role of engineering associated with safety products – in this case protecting the brain and neck of a bicyclist in the event of a crash, with the design dependent on the user’s needs and specifications.

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Sense It!

SENSE IT water quality samplingSensors are in everything from smart phones to corn fields. They also can be a powerful and engaging tool to teach STEM. SENSE IT, a free, research-based curriculum, involves students in hands-on learning about their local environment by constructing, deploying, and interpreting data from a network of water-quality sensors.

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BP STEM Study Abroad Scholarships

AFS BP Global STEM AcademiesAFS and energy giant BP have teamed up to create a new study abroad scholarship for high school STEM students that covers travel, housing, and program costs for BP Global STEM Academies in Brazil, Egypt, and the United States this summer. Apply by March 31, 2018.

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EngineerGirl Ambassador Program for H.S. Students

EngineerGirl Ambassador program 2018Do you know a young high school woman who enjoys engineering and could serve as an inspiring role model for other girls? Encourage her to apply to be a National Academy of Engineering’s EngineerGirl Ambassador. Ambassadors receive up to $250 to fund their project, a paid round-trip to the Society of Women Engineers national conference in Minneapolis, and leadership development and mentors. Apply by May 31, 2018.

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Bobsled Blitz

Australia men's bobsleigh team training in PyeongchangStudents in grades 3 to 12 explore the effects of gravity, friction, and air resistance upon acceleration by using the engineering design process to design, build, and test their own bobsleds with the aim of reducing run times with each attempt.

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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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