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In Like a Lion

March winds signal the advent of Spring, but today, more and more people are looking to wind as an alternative source of energy. Learn about educators' creative approaches in the Wind for Schools program, involve your students in constructing their own wind turbine, and check out our various wind technology resources.

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Students discover the basics of wind power technology by building and refining a model wind turbine. They examine the concept of renewable energy, identify the benefits and drawbacks of wind power, and compare other energy sources' costs and environmental impact.

When Katie Cutler let her middle school students pick what to learn, she was blown over by their choice. They voted for wind energy, something she knew little about. As they learned by helping install a turbine at their school, so did she.

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President Obama has proposed a $900 million program aimed at tackling America's "dropout epidemic." Efforts planned include identifying, early on, those students at risk of dropping out and helping teachers offer personalized instruction.

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Gusts of Inspiration

"Part of me is an engineer who wants to map the progress of mobility; another part is an artist who wants to sculpt the air around us and give it shape." So says Theo Jansen, whose whimsical beach creatures are powered by the wind. Check out the video, and two others that demonstrate creative uses of wind energy.

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Rotating Skyscraper

The No Boundaries competition encourages students in STEM careers. Prizes include cash and a VIP NASA experience for team projects.

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eGFI: News For Teachers

Explore the eGFI website with your students

Introduce your students to engineering with our interactive cards. Each card illustrates a particular discipline and includes the following:

  • Did you know? (a fun factoid)
  • Make a difference (explains how this type of engineer makes a difference in the world)
  • Where do they work? (Industries, companies, organizations, and the type of work involved)
  • Meet one (meet a real engineer)

Ask them to pick their favorite and tell you why.

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