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Land, Air, and Water

Rachel Carson's trailblazing book, Silent Spring, awakened the world to the fragility of our host planet, helping to inspire the first Earth Day in 1970. The April 22 anniversary provides a great opportunity for students to learn how to identify and measure pollutants, study remediation techniques, and discover how science and technology work to prevent future damage.

Prof. Marc Edwards challenged the EPA - and won

Prof. Jeanine Plummer tackles polluted waters in Massachusetts
Rachel Carson, an EPA profile

What happens to garbage? In this lesson, students derive the answer by building their own landfill. While observing how household waste can leach into soil and groundwater, they learn the importance of well supervised, sanitary disposal sites.

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Trash into energy in Iraq and Afghanistan
Design Squad's Trash to Treasure Challenge

For years, Pennsylvania's Blue Mountain was a scar on the landscape, denuded by industrial contamination. Now being revived through the Environmental Protection Agency's Superfund, it has served as a laboratory for middle school students to explore pollution cleanup.

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A number of teachers think engineering helps boost K-12 math and science learning and stimulates student interest. If a congressional subcommittee gets its way, soon there may be real data to back up the theory.

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Where KnowledgeRuns Deep

As Oceans, Disney's stunning feature film, opens this week, dive into ocean engineering with your students using our interactive cards.

  • Did you know? 95 percent of the oceans remain unexplored. But engineers are now producing cutting-edge autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) for further exploration.

  • Make a difference: British engineers have created a robotic fish to monitor coastal pollution.

  • Meet an Engineer: Hanumant Singh of the Deep Submergence Laboratory at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute develops underwater robots that explore shipwrecks.

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