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Engineers Month Giveaway #3


This week’s contest is now closed – stay tuned for next week!

It’s that time again – yup, the one you’ve all been waiting for – our 3rd weekly eGFI Engineers Month Giveaway!

In honor of National Engineers Week, eGFI will be giving away free packs of colorful, laminated eGFI cards for your classroom.

And because we love engineering so much, we’re extending the celebration all month and will be giving away one pack of our popular cards every week in February, 2011.

Here’s how it works: at the beginning of each week we’ll make a post just like this one, featuring a weekly question related to teaching engineering. All you have to do is answer the question in the comments below, and you will be automatically signed up for the drawing.

One entry per person per week please, and be sure to enter a valid email address. Each week’s winner will be chosen at random to receive one free pack of eGFI learning cards. Winners will be contacted shortly after the giveaway closes at 11:59pm EST the following Sunday.

Here’s this week’s question:

What is your favorite K-12 engineering lesson plan or class activity? Send us a link, and tell us how it worked in your classroom!

Write your answers and suggestions in the comments before 11:59pm EST Sunday, February 21, 2011 to be automatically entered into our giveaway.

Good luck!

7 Responses to “Engineers Month Giveaway #3”

  1. I love the egg drop challenge!

  2. My favorite activity was using legos to design and build a chair for goldilocks to sit in after reading Goldilocks and the three bears.

  3. Cracking the Code! I had the students bring in a non-perishable food item, we did the activities with the barcodes and then donated the food to a local shelter!

  4. Kids love anything that is a competition, using the problem solving is fun and educational

  5. I love doing an egg drop challenge with students! It’s great to see the out-of-the-box solutions they create. It’s even better to see their innovative thinking pay off with a safe egg. 🙂

  6. I’m excited to try the NEW paper cup challenge with my 5th graders!

  7. I used sugru, a new polymer that won a spot in Time Magazine’s Top 50 Inventions of 2010, to build a set of lessons for my 8-10 grade engineering class.
    1. We studied the principles of stress and strain, classifications of materials such as elastic, plastic and brittle, and spent a class period producing stress and strain curves of marshmallows, clay, and legos. 2. The following week we discussed polymers, what they are and important polymer vocabulary, common polymers, and introduced sugru.
    3. The next week we practiced the first part of the design cycle by having each student identify a problem and brainstorm solutions, using small groups for feedback. I gave a few tips on dos/don’ts of presentations.
    In between weeks 3 and 4 students used the polymer to create a solution, modify something or make something new.
    4. The class brought in their final designs and gave a short presentation, answered questions, and discussed successes/failures/how to improve.

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