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Get ready for National Engineers Week, Feb. 15-20. Local programs include Drexel University's High School Day, U.C. San Diego's Enspire for Middle Schoolers, and bridge building at Atlanta's Fernbank Science Center. Come join Discover Engineering Family Day, Sat. Feb. 20, at the National Building Museum, in Washington, D.C. You'll find hands-on activities, displays, information on engineering, and the engineering daredevil Nate Ball demonstrating his ATLAS Ascender. Swing by the eGFI table to enter a drawing for an iPOD Touch!

Energy transfer is a central concept in the majority of engineering designs, including those for musical instruments. In this lesson, students grasp the concepts of energy and energy transfer, then apply what they've learned by designing and building their own musical instruments.

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Energize yourself and your teaching this June, July, and August. From the study of polar regions, nanotechnology, and astrophysics, to research at National Labs, valuable professional development opportunities await teachers of science, technology, engineering, and math. Click on the tag Summer Programs (Teachers) to view the sampling we've compiled and check back over the coming weeks to see more programs.

Students across the country will be building robots and launching rockets, flying planes, investigating biomedical technology, and researching with chemists. Help your students learn about the opportunities. Click on the tag Summer Camps & Programs (Students) to view the sampling we've compiled and check back over the coming weeks to see more programs.

Can summer research programs that require hands-on lab or field work help science teachers become more effective? Yes. That's the conclusion of a Columbia University study, which reported a 10 percent rise in state science test scores for students whose teachers engaged in focused, intensive, and hands-on scientific research.

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