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When catastrophes like the Jan. 12 Haiti earthquake occur, engineers' specialized training and organizational skills come into high demand. This week's newsletter highlights the important contributions engineers make to society through both immediate and longer-term efforts to ensure safe living conditions. If Haiti recovers, it could become a laboratory for earthquake-resistant construction.

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Students learn about methods engineers use to prevent natural hazards from becoming disasters, then apply their understanding to a hypothetical case, determining where to install prevention devices in a particular location.

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When disaster strikes, engineers around the world come forward to help secure safe drinking water, sanitation, and temporary housing. RedR is a disaster-relief organization that helps train and mobilize engineers for such work.

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A National Academies committee has begun a two-year study aimed at developing new national standards for science education. The committee will evaluate how well standards-based reform has worked, including the redesign of Advanced Placement courses by the College Board.

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Check out our Trailblazers page for up-to-date bios of young engineers who are changing the world. These geniuses have created everything from jumping alarm clocks to robotic limbs, and will be a great source of inspiration for your students.

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eGFI: News For Teachers

eGFI Magazine Engineers Week Special

In celebration of National Engineers Week, February 14-20, 2010, eGFI is offering a free poster and 5 additional copies of eGFI magazine for every order of 25 magazines ($100). To order, go to the eGFI store, request any multiple of 25 magazines, and type "EWeek" in the box marked "Other." Leave the poster quantity blank -- we'll know to send you one! This offer will be valid through February 20, 2010.


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