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Engineering Thrills

roller coasterA lot of engineering goes into making today’s gravity-defying rides both exciting and safe. Read about some roller coaster designers and the skills they bring to creating the world’s most thrilling wooden, steel, and virtual-reality experiences.

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Wheels of Wonder

Aerovelo team and EtaFrom dockless bike sharing and airless tires to Eta, the world’s fastest pedal bike (photo), bicycle technology has come a long way since the 1858 velocipede Boneshaker debuted. And engineering students and researchers have powered many of the innovations.

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A Bike For Leah

Ohio State grad students with Leah's bikeLeah Xiao-Chan O’Keefe wanted a “big kid” bike but she couldn’t shift gears or brake safely because her fingers did not extend past the first knuckle. An Ohio State University mechanical engineering professor heard Leah’s story and put two of his graduate students, both avid cyclists, on the case.

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ASEE Engineering Day Highlights

ASEE at NSTA regional in New Orleans Dec. 2017Couldn’t make it to ASEE’s Engineering Day at the 2017 National Science Teachers Association regional conferences or annual STEM Forum? Check out these hands-on highlights – and join us at the NSTA STEM Forum in Philadelphia July 11-13, 2018!

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Smart Broom Sweeps Curling

SmartBroom curling aidCurling, that icy version of shuffleboard, is the Henny Youngman of Olympic sports: It gets no respect. But technology has touched even this unique pursuit, in the form of an engineered “SmartBroom” that is changing how athletes train and play.

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Hack This Toy!

Ohio State toy adaptation workshop students ASEE 2017Like engineers in Santa’s workshop, Ohio State University students and faculty are working with families in a unique Toy Adaptation Program to “hack” popular electronic toys so that children with special needs can enjoy them.

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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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