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World’s Swiftest Bike

Aerovelo Eta SpeedbikeTheir human-powered helicopter hovered into the history books and won the American Helicopter Society’s $1 million Sikorsky prize. Now, a team of University of Toronto engineering students and graduates has pedaled the world’s fastest human-powered bicycle into the record books at almost 90 mph.

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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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Wheels of Wonder

Aerovelo team and EtaFrom dockless bike sharing and airless tires to Eta, the world’s fastest pedal bike (photo), bicycle technology has come a long way since the 1858 velocipede Boneshaker debuted. And engineering students and researchers have powered many of the innovations.

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A Bike For Leah

Ohio State grad students with Leah's bikeLeah Xiao-Chan O’Keefe wanted a “big kid” bike but she couldn’t shift gears or brake safely because her fingers did not extend past the first knuckle. An Ohio State University mechanical engineering professor heard Leah’s story and put two of his graduate students, both avid cyclists, on the case.

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Tackle Plastics for World Oceans Day

fish made from ocean plasticClean a beach, create art, or help monitor marine debris as a citizen scientist. Check out these lesson plans and other resources for celebrating World Oceans Day June 8.

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Generation Nano Superhero Winners

Generation Nano 2018 superheroWhat does a solar-powered, high-flying hero named Heliora have in common with a peppy polymer that transforms into a cell-size, chain-welding warrior to battle an antibiotic-resistant superbug? Both won the 2018 Generation Nano challenge!

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Meet the Ocean Cleanup Crew

Boyan SlatA diving trip in Greece drove a Dutch teen named Boyan Slat to spend the next 10 years devising a way to clean up ocean plastic. His giant boom is set to launch in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch this year. Other eco-activists have developed trash-intercepting water wheels and campaigns to reduce the use of plastic drinking straws.

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Plastic Hits the Road

MacRebur founder Toby McCartneyThe road to a greener future may start in northwest England’s Cumbria county, where plastic litter is turning up in an unusual new place: street pavements.

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Room to Grow

Singapore's Sky GreensIndoor ‘vertical farming’ could be an answer to urban food needs and shrinking agricultural space – if cost and energy obstacles can be overcome. Already, pioneers are sprouting up in places like Japan, Singapore, and in U.S. university “closed environment agriculture” labs.

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