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USA Science & Engineering Festival 2014

USA Science & Engineering Festival logoCelebrate STEM – from Xtreme sports engineering to space exploration – at the USA Science & Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C. Billed as the nation’s largest STEM education expo, the free, two-day event starts on April 26 and features hands-on activities, demonstrations, book discussions, and lectures by such luminaries as the alternative rock band, They Might Be Giants.

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A Woman Who Made Work Easier

Lillian Gilbreth stampShe pioneered the field of time-motion studies and was the first woman elected to the National Academy of Engineering. Yet industrial engineer Lillian Moller Gilbreth remains best known as the domestic engineer who presided over her family in the beloved children’s classic written by two of her 12 children: Cheaper By The Dozen.

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March Madness STEM Resources

Basketball MadnessJust as athletes “learn from the game,” the annual NCAA March Madness basketball competition offers students a timely, engaging way to hone their STEM knowledge and skills. eGFI has compiled some bracket-busting resources to pep up your math and science classes.

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Engineers Week 2014

Engineers Week 2014 logoCelebrate National Engineers Week 2014 by hosting or attending an event, introducing a girl to engineering, or nominating a STEM teacher for an award. DiscoverE also includes an online library of videos and hands-on activities to help raise awareness of how engineers make the world a healthier, safer place.

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Black History Month STEM Resources

Black History MonthResources to help students learn about the contributions made by African American scientists, engineers, mathematicians, and inventors to fields from agriculture to medicine to space.

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Sochi’s Big Olympics Dig

Sochi Olympic constructionIt takes host cities a lot of time, money, and engineering to prepare for the Olympics, and Sochi, the Russian seaside resort that will welcome athletes and fans from around the world this February, is no exception. Along with luge runs and ice arenas, the area’s 218 Olympic projects include a new high-speed rail and seaport.

A recent Businessweek article estimated the total at $51 billion, making Russia’s games the costliest in history

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Science & Engineering of the Sochi Olympics

Snowboard scene with NSF logo for 2014 winter olympicsWhether its swifter, safer bobsleds or high-performance speed-skating suits, science and engineering are as much on display at the 2014 Winter Olympics at Sochi, Russia. Catch the high-tech action in the latest installment of the Emmy Award-winning “Science of Sports” series from the National Science Foundation and NBC Learn.

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Engineering Students Design Toys

Purdue students designing toys 2011Can toys inspire more kids – especially girls – to become engineers? Purdue University mechanical engineering students think so, and they are designing and building high-tech educational toys that make science and engineering fun.

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For Toy Engineers, Work is Child’s Play

rubber duckyEver walk through a store’s toy department and wonder: Who dreams up these action figures, games, and other fun stuff? Toy engineers do! They get to play for a living, designing and making new toys to engage or educate kids of all ages.

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