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eGFI Contest – Win an Amazon Gift Card

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The contest has ended!

Without further adieu, the winner of the first ever eGFI contest is science teacher and doctorate student Kevin Anderson, whose idea has students learning how the different engineering disciplines can tackle real-world challenges and generally make life better. His idea is currently being turned into a class activity, which will be released soon. We hope he enjoys his $50 Amazon.com gift card. Congrats, Kevin!

CONTEST – WIN a $50 Amazon Gift Card

Innovative Ways to Use eGFI Engineering Cards in Classrooms

eGFI has come out with packs of 16 colorful cards explaining the engineering disciplines, including a teacher guide with ways to use the cards in the classroom. We know that there have got to be more ways to use them, though, so we want to hear from you.

Take a look at the front and back of one of the cards we’ve provided (click images to enlarge). How would YOU use them in a classroom activity? What could be done to further engage students? What games could be constructed?

Propose your original ideas, and we’ll pick the most creative and well-thought-out one. The winner will receive a $50 gift card from Amazon.com via email, and have his or her name posted (optional) on our website and social networking outlets, along with the winning idea! The contest runs Nov. 2 – Nov. 16, 2010… it has been EXTENDED to Nov. 23, 2010!

Comment with your ideas here or email them, along with any questions, to: Jaimie Schock at j.schock@asee.org.

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Some ideas we’ve already come up with:

Some 10-20 minute activities…

Distribute multiple packs of the cards to the class, with each card shared by a group of 2-3 students:

1. Discuss what the card tells you about this discipline. What are its key aspects?

2. Debate the “Think About It” question. How many different answers can you come up with?

3. Design an advertising campaign to convince the class your discipline is the best! List three reasons why and develop a catchy slogan.

OR, ask your students…

1. How many inventions?

List the different specialties illustrated or described on a card. How does each relate to this field of engineering? Which are current inventions and which are designs for the future?

2. What three engineering fields most attract you?

Explain why they seem important or appealing. Name the skills and sorts of knowledge each would require.

(See the cards for the full list of published ideas!)

That’s some of what we came up with. Now, it’s your turn. How would you use them?

10 Responses to “eGFI Contest – Win an Amazon Gift Card”

  1. The cards would be a great tool for a fun and entertaining game of “Go Fish”. Using 2 sets of cards per every 4 students, they look through the cards and choose 4 careers they are interested in, secretly writing down those 4 careers on a slip of paper. Then the cards are shuffled and dealt to them, 8 cards per student. They then play the traditional game of “Go Fish”, trying to obtain and/or match pairs of cards for the 4 careers they secretly chose. The winner is the first student to obtain all 4 pairs of cards for the careers he/she chose. But wait, to complete the win, he/she has to stand up and tell the rest of the class why he/she chose the most favorite career of the four.

  2. Hi Steve,

    Thank you very much for your contest entry! We will let you know if you are the winner once the contest has ended. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask, and thanks again,

    Jaimie N. Schock
    Writer and Editorial Assistant

  3. I’m always trying to encourage my students to see the impact technology has on their world, the accelerating pace of that change and who is leading pursuit.

    As an extension of the Future Challenge component, grouped into teams, students could brainstorm what devices/technologies each engineering discipline will develop in 5, 10, 15 years. Once a future device/technology is decided upon the group could create an “owner’s manual” for presenting their idea.

    I would complete such a challenge with student presentations and student voting to determine Future Engineering Excellence Award winner!

  4. Hi Mary,

    Thank you for your contest entry! We’ll let you know if you are the winner once the contest has ended. If you have any questions, feel free to ask, and thanks again,

    Jaimie N. Schock
    Writer and Editorial Assistant

  5. Have students form groups of 3-4, and give each group a deck of the cards. Describe one of the engineering Grand Challenges put out by the National Academy of Engineering, putting information up on the board or computer projector. Have student groups discuss which engineering specialty would be most likely to work to solve that challenge and why. Then, have each group share their answer with the class. Note that different answers are okay—engineers work in interdisciplinary teams after all to work on solutions to these problems.

    As an alternative, the class could generate their own list of large scale problems the world faces currently. They could then do the same activity going through the class generated list instead of the Grand Challenges.

  6. Hi Kevin,

    Thank you for your contest entry! We’ll let you know if you won once the contest has ended. If you have any questions, please just ask, and thanks again,

    Jaimie N. Schock
    Writer and Editorial Assistant

  7. Hi,

    I think students will love playing a variety of games with these engaging cards- perhaps connecting to a BINGO style sheet over the course of a week- can encourage students to explore the cards (maybe look up info- or bring in some connecting info or project or drawing…); and perhaps allowing pairs of students to combine cards to a single BINGO sheet will further encourage collaboration!

    Great cards- how do I get a set?
    Gwendolyn
    Syracuse, NY

  8. Hi Gwendolyn,

    Thank you for submitting your idea, but the contest ended early last week! Sorry about that. We’re in the process of choosing a winner now.

    Glad to hear you like the cards! You can order them from our shop here: http://shop.egfi-k12.org/

    Thanks again,

    Jaimie N. Schock
    Writer & Editorial Assistant

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