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Precious and Scarce

Water is one of humanity's basic needs, yet it's in short supply in much of the world. The National Academy of Engineering has designated access to clean water one of 14 "Grand Challenges" for the 21st century, hoping to inspire innovations to help the nearly one billion people who lack such access. This week, we spotlight the search for solutions. Your students can start tackling the problem by engineering their own irrigation system using the lesson plan below.

Using everyday items, teams of students design, build, test and evaluate their own small irrigation systems.

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Through Engineers Without Borders, a humanitarian organization with numerous campus chapters, university students work to provide poor communities overseas with clean water. Meanwhile, at Stanford University, environmental engineer Alexandria Boehm finds ways to protect wetlands and control beach pollution. And in Washington, D.C., Marc Edwards  fought the Environmental Protection Agency to ensure clean water for local residents.

New Report: Water and Conflict

Does learning music help with math? Hundreds of elementary school students in California's Alpine Union school district are finding out, using a math-and-music program that includes keyboard instrument exercises.

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eGFI: News For Teachers

eGFI Magazine Engineers Week Special

Between now and the end of National Engineers Week, February 20, 2010, teachers can get a special offer of 30 copies of eGFI magazine for the price of 25 ($100), and will also receive a free poster. Shipping is extra. Simply go to the eGFI store, sign up for 25 magazines (or any multiple of 25), and in the box marked "Other," type "EWeek." Leave the poster quantity blank-it will be sent as part of the special.

For more information, contact Grace Hill (g.hill@asee.org) or call 202-350-5760.

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