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Playful STEM: OK Go Sandbox

OK Go SandboxOK Go is a wildly popular band that “likes to make stuff.” AnnMarie Thomas, a University of St. Thomas engineering educator and amateur circus aerialist, likes to make stuff, too. Put them together and the result is OK Go Sandbox, a free, video-rich repository of design challenges, curricula, and other resources that put the *fun* in fundamental STEM concepts while fostering creativity.

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Straw Bridges

straw bridgeWorking in pairs, students in grades 6 to 8 follow the engineering design process to create the strongest truss bridge using a fixed amount of plastic drinking straws and tape. Let the competition begin!

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Presidential STEM Teaching Award

music graphic from Dec 2011 ASEE Prism Nominate an outstanding K-6 mathematics, science, or computer science teacher for the 2018 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). Nominations are due April 1, with applications due May 1.

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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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Meet Pamela McCauley: Entrepreneur & Engineer

Dr. Pamela McCauley BushThe road to becoming an engineer is rarely easy, but for Dr. Pamela McCauley Bush it was especially challenging. A welfare-supported teenage mother in high school, she repeatedly was told that higher education and a successful career were too much to hope for. Undaunted, she worked persistently towards her goal of becoming an engineer, ultimately earning a Ph.D. in industrial engineering and becoming a leading authority on ergonomics and disaster relief at the University of Central Florida.

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Paid Summer Research for STEM Teachers

RET for Notre DameThe National Science Foundation’s Engineering Directorate sponsors paid summer research experiences for teachers (RET) at university labs across the country. Studies show that these authentic, hands-on experiences can have profound effects on teacher effectiveness and student learning. Apply today!

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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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Injured Eagle Lands New Beak

Beauty and the BeakChildren’s literature is full of memorable wildlife adventure stories, but Deborah Lee Rose and Jane Veltkamp’s Beauty and the Beak may be the first to feature engineers and their role in outfitting an injured eagle with a 3-D printed prosthetic beak. A free education guide with standards-based STEM, STEAM, and literacy lessons accompanies the book, winner of the 2018 AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books.

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National Youth Science Camp 2018

National Youth Science CampThe National Youth Science Camp, one of the country’s premier science education programs, brings together graduating high school seniors from around the country and world for three-plus weeks of outdoor adventure and hands-on projects in the beautiful woods of West Virginia, all travel costs and camp fees paid. Apply by February 28, 2018

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