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Engineer a Bee

bee in flightMiddle school students design a robotic “bee” that would have the potential to pollinate crops in place of a native bee and then evaluate their model against real pollinators.

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Honeybee Human Design Challenge

USFS greenhouse hand pollinationStudents in grades 3 to 5 learn about the engineering design process by making a 2-dimensional model (graphic illustration) of an apparatus that will pollinate a field.

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Pedal Power

Kid riding bikeIn this activity, small groups of students in grades 3 to 8 learn about forces, energy, and efficiency by measuring a bicycle’s gear ratios, calculating tire revolutions, and testing who can ride a course the swiftest based on that information.

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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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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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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 Resources

computer graphicTo help teachers and students as young as six explore the rewarding fields of computer science and engineering, eGFI has compiled this list of activities, free online courses, computer animations, and other resources.

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Build a Cereal Box Eclipse Viewer

boy viewing eclipse using cereal box pinhole projectorTurn an empty cereal box into a pinhole projector or choose another DIY project for safely viewing the solar eclipse on August 21, 2017. Don’t forget to look around, too, as your shadow sharpens, the horizon colors with sunset hues, and birds roost!

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Summer Experiences & PD for Teachers

2016 ASEE K12 workshopFrom the federal government to science museums, universities, and professional societies like the American Society for Engineering Education, summer learning opportunities for STEM teachers abound. Apply for these 2017 institutes and workshops today!

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