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Three Little Pigs Design Challenge

three little pigs meet big bad wolf fanElementary students act as civil engineers to design and build a house that the big, bad wolf cannot blow down. If time allows, they can redesign and test their structures.

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Backyard Weather Station

homemade rain gaugeWorking in groups of 8, middle school students use their senses to describe and predict the weather, then act as state park engineers and design/build “backyard weather stations” to gather data to make actual weather forecasts.

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TeachEngineering Adds Video, Maker Challenges

TeachEngineering logoTeachEngineering, a searchable online library of more than 1,400 teacher-tested activities and lessons developed for use in STEM classrooms, just got a makeover. Improvements include videos, Maker challenges, alignment with Common Core math and Next Generation science standards, and “Sprinkles” – abbreviated versions of popular activities designed for use in after-school programs.

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Lend A Hand: Teaching Forces

3D printed prosthetic handWorking in groups of three, middle school students learn about types of forces, the relationship between form and function, and the structure of the hand by working as biomedical engineers to design, build, and test their own hand “gripper” prototypes that can grasp and lift a 200 ml cup of sand.

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Lemelson-MIT JVInvenTeams & PD

MITLThe Lemelson-MIT Program is currently accepting applications for 2014 InvenTeams, which are teams of high school students, educators, and mentors that receive grants up to $10,000 each to invent technological solutions to real-world problems. The InvenTeam initiative is designed to excite high school students about invention, empower students through problem solving, and encourage an inventive culture in schools and communities.

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Shapes of Strength

house of cards with coins on topStudents in grades 3 to 5 use engineering problem solving to create structures from paper, straws, tape, and paper clips that can support the weight of at least one textbook. For the second trial, they examine examples of successful buildings in history and try again.

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Visit ASEE @ NSTA’s STEM Forum July 27-29

Harford County, MD, 4th grade engineering studentsInfusing engineering throughout the elementary school day and a tour of TeachEngineering’s free library of teacher-tested engineering activities are just two of the presentations ASEE’s experienced educators will be making at NSTA’s annual STEM Forum in Denver July 27 to 29. It’s all part of ASEE’s Year of Action on P-12 Engineering Education.

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Integrated STEM Curricula

Chalk drawn gearsMission to Mars, CubeSats, and Polymers for the Planet are among the hands-on engineering units developed by 4th to 8th grade science teachers in a unique partnership between the Boeing Company and the Teaching Channel.

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Imagine Tomorrow! Contest

WSU Imagine Tomorrow! teamRegister by April 1, 2016 for Washington State University’s problem-solving competition that puts high school teams through a dozen different challenges, with up to $100,000 in cash prizes.

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