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Snowflake Chronicler

William Bentley snowflake imageNo two snowflakes are alike, right? We know this thanks to a Jericho, Vermont, farm boy and citizen engineer named Wilson A. Bentley, who adapted a microscope to a camera and spent 40 years capturing thousands of unique images.

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Citizen Engineers

Haitians walks past earthquake damageWhen Haiti suffered a devastating earthquake in 2010, Notre Dame engineering researchers created an online system that let students review hundreds of photos and reliably classify the structural damage. The effort is just one example of how “citizen engineers” and “citizen scientists” are advancing research in areas from astronomy to air pollution to penguins. Even snowflakes!

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ASEE PreK-12 Workshop & Call for Proposals

2016 ASEE K12 workshopDo you have a great hands-on activity or strategy that incorporates engineering into your STEM or literacy lessons? Share them with engineering educators and classroom teachers at ASEE’s 2017 PreK-12 Workshop in Columbus, Ohio, on June 24!

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National Youth Science Camp 2017

National Youth Science CampThe National Youth Science Camp, one of the country’s premier science education programs, offers graduating high school seniors from around the country and world a month of outdoor adventure and hands-on projects in the beautiful woods near Bartow, W.V., all travel costs and camp fees paid. Apply by March 1, 2017

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Join a Citizen STEM Project!

NASA GLOBE Observer appEvery day, millions of ordinary people young and old help advance knowledge in fields as diverse as astronomy and zoology. These “citizen” scientists and engineers record bird sightings and rainfall amounts, classify stars, monitor lead in local tap water, count frogs, and even discover comets! Here’s a sampling of projects. Where will you or your students volunteer?

Some projects spur new legislation. Others inspire community involvement and a lifelong interest in STEM.

Here’s a sampling of projects. Where will you or your students dive in?

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Summer Experiences 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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Dream Big for Engineers Week 2017

Engineers Week 2017 Dream Big posterIntroduce a girl to engineering. Live stream the Future City finals from Washington, D.C. Make slime and other cool stuff. National Engineers Week kicks off Feb. 19 – 25, 2017 and this year’s theme – Dream Big – takes its title from a spectacular IMAX movie about engineering that premieres at big-screen theaters around the country. How will you celebrate?

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STEM Takes Wing!

kids watching birdsWant to engage your students while helping scientists get the “big picture” on what’s happening to bird populations worldwide? Grab some binoculars and join the annual Great Backyard Bird Count, which takes place February 17-20, 2017.

One of the oldest and biggest citizen-science projects is the annual Great Backyard Bird Count, held this year from February 17 to 20

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NIST Summer Teachers Institute

NIST summer institute for middle school teachersHands-on projects and visits with federal scientists and engineers are among the highlights of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s summer institute for middle school teachers, which takes place July 10 to 21, 2017 at NIST’s headquarters in Gaithersburg, Md. Participants will receive a $2,000 stipend and up to $2,000 to cover travel and lodging expenses. Apply by March 3, 2017.

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