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Location, Location, Location

Mauna Kea thirty meter telescope artist sketchThe clear skies above Hawaii’s Mauna Kea make the site ideal for a giant telescope. That’s assuming engineers can shield it from earthquakes, fierce winds, and extreme temperatures.

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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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Eclipse 101: What, Where, How?

eclipse illustrationOn August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to a solar eclipse, including a 90-mile swath of totality stretching from Oregon’s coast to Charleston, S.C. NASA has assembled a helpful guide for where, when, and how to experience the eclipse, including tips for safe viewing.

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Elementary Special Ed Engineering Pilot

EiE logoEngineering is Elementary is seeking EiE teachers to pilot resources being developed to increase accessibility for students who receive special education services and/or are English Learners. Participants will receive a $350 stipend for providing feedback. Apply by September 1, 2017.

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Solar Geometry

longitudeMiddle school students learn about the Earth’s geometrical relation to the sun by calculating where the sun will be in the sky for any date or time given a particular location on Earth, such as their school. The three-activity module was developed by lighting engineer Tony Esposito, Ph.D., during his graduate studies at Pennsylvania State University and made available to eGFI Teachers.

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Meet Lighting Engineer Tony Esposito

Tony Esposito architectural engineereGFI caught up with lighting engineer Tony Esposito, who developed this month’s “solar geometry” lesson while earning a Ph.D. in architectural engineering at Pennsylvania State University, to learn more about his background and what sparked his interest in engineering and education. Check out his story – and tips for teachers!

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Free, Personalized AP Prep for Teachers

Khan Academy and College Board logoA “personalized assistant” for your classroom is how David Coleman, president of the College Board, described a new partnership with the nonprofit Khan Academy to create free online Advanced Placement test-preparation and course materials for teachers and students in every AP subject.

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Girl Scouts add STEM Badges

Girl Scout badgesThey can earn badges for community service, first aid, hiking, and car maintenance. Now, some 1.6 million Girl Scouts of the USA will be able to qualify for a new set of badges – focused on STEM.

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Research: Using ‘F Words’ in Elementary STEM

rubber duck upside downFailure – and learning from it – is integral to engineering design but shunned in most classrooms. ASEE PreK-12 engineering authorities Elizabeth A. Parry and Pamela S. Lottero-Perdue examined how elementary teachers’ perspective and use of “fail words” can change to support inquiry and learning.

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