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Renaissance Engineer

The Mona Lisa is Leonardo Da Vinci's most famous work, but not his most ingenious. The Florentine master designed a flying machine centuries before the Wright brothers, along with a man-powered tank, water lift, machine gun, and mechanical bridges - enough to inspire the schools in our Spotlight feature. But among his detailed sketches is one - for a harpsichord-viola - with an annoying flaw.

Da Vinci's innovations recreated
Casting the giant horse

An invention from antiquity - the pulley - gives students firsthand experience with measuring mechanical advantage. Standing on desks or ladders, they will hang a pulley from the ceiling and figure out how to move a gray whale from an aquarium back to the ocean. This lesson is for grades 6 to 8.  A class activity, Be Inventive! is for grades 4 to 8.

Few schools embrace project-based learning as completely as the Da Vinci Science and Design schools in Hawthorne, Calif. "Actually, PBL is not worked into the curriculum, it is our curriculum," says Principal Nicole Tempel.

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Two North Carolina universities have launched a drive to incorporate the National Academy of Engineering's Grand Challenges for the 21st Century into K-12 teaching across the country. The idea is for colleges of engineering to develop materials and provide professional development for teachers in their region.

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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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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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