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New Space Frontiers

The Moon or Mars? More robots, fewer astronauts? U.S. space policy is in flux, but the thrill of exploration continues. While space tourism beckons the wealthy few, satellites are teaching us more about Earth and how it's changing. An array of activities and lessons can bring the excitement to your classroom.

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Space Adventure

Students Photograph Earth from Space
Kepler Telescope Searches for Planets Like Ours

In this simple, exciting demonstration of Newton's Laws of Motion, students grades 5-8 construct a rocket powered by the pressure generated from an effervescing antacid tablet reacting with water. Introduced to aerospace engineering, students explore design elements that can affect how planes and rockets perform.

At Morehead State University's ambitious space science center in Kentucky, undergraduates become full participants in satellite launches, helping design and build payloads and operate ground-to-space communications. Teachers and students can to track the progress of KySat-1, the satellite "cube on a stick," due to launch in November.

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Educators have drafted proposed national standards for K-12 science, math, English language arts, history and social studies. The push for nationwide benchmarks is backed by the Obama administration and 48 states.

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ASEE's K-12 Engineering Workshop

Teachers, join us in Louisville for ASEE's 7th annual K-12 Workshop. This stimulating day-long event, which precedes the annual ASEE conference, introduces teachers to innovative, effective education resources, including the latest hands-on lessons, best practices, and tools. Kentucky teachers who participate will be eligible for continuing professional education credits. Out-of-state teachers will get a certificate to use in seeking credits through their own state authorities.

When: Saturday, June 19, 2010, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Where: Kentucky International Convention Center, 221 South 4th Street, Louisville, Kentucky 40202-2903

FREE to all K-12 teachers who register by JUNE 4.

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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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