Posted on April 16th, 2013 by Mary Lord
Sustainability is the theme of this year’s Mathematics Awareness Month. Teachers will find plenty of activities, contests, and other free educational resources that link math with environmental applications, including the Energy Challenge, which teaches students the mathematics of their school’s energy use and then has them develop and implement an action plan to reduce energy consumption.
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Tags: applications, Class Activities, Energy, Energy and Environmental Technology, Environmental Engineering, Internet Resources, Math, Mathematics, Mathematics Awareness Month, Sustainability Counts, Teacher Resources, Web Resources
Posted on November 6th, 2011 by Jaimie Schock
This annual Spirit of Innovation Challenge from the Conrad Foundation invites high school student teams to use STEM skills to develop the products of tomorrow. Along the way, coaches, world-renowned scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs act as mentors to help turn their ideas into a reality.
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Tags: Aerospace, Aerospace Engineering, Alternative Energy, Competitions for Students, Contest, Contests, Energy, Essay Competition, Essay Contest, food processing, Food safety, food-safety engineering, Green Technology, Health, Science Contest
Posted on October 16th, 2011 by ASEE
Despite the anxiety triggered by last spring’s nuclear disaster in Japan, nuclear power is still a key part of this country’s energy mix. Industry and universities are enlisting help from teachers in preparing the next generation of nuclear engineers and technicians.
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Tags: Electrical, Electrical Engineering, Energy, Nuclear Engineering, Nuclear Science, Programs for Teachers, Teacher Training, Teacher Workshops, Teachers, Workshops
Posted on October 16th, 2011 by Mary Lord
In this activity, students in grades 5 – 11 will use M&Ms to learn about radioactivity, the rate at which an isotope decays, and the concept of half-life. They will count and record the number of decayed “atoms” and graph the results.
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Tags: Energy, half life, nuclear energy, Nuclear Engineering, radioactive decay, radioactivity
Posted on August 28th, 2011 by Jaimie Schock
On a hike through the Catskill Mountains in New York, Aidan Dwyer, a seventh-grader, noticed that the branches of oak trees seemed to follow a pattern. Inspired, he created a tree-like arrangement of small solar panels capable of generating 20-50% more energy than a traditional flat designs.
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Tags: Energy, Energy and Environmental Technology, Green, Green Technology, Ideas & Inventions, Research, Solar Energy, Solar Engineering, student invention, Student research, Technology
Posted on July 31st, 2011 by Mary Lord
In this lesson, students in grades 3 – 12 will explore the engineering design process by building a device that can launch a ping-pong ball high enough for them to catch it.
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Tags: Design Squad, Energy, Engineering Design, force, motion, Physics, simple machines
Posted on June 19th, 2011 by Mary Lord
An ethanol-powered electric vehicle that can travel the equivalent of 81.9 miles per gallon clinched the EcoCAR Challenge for a team of Virginia Tech engineering students. They beat 15 other student teams in the three-year competition, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and General Motors, to design a more fuel-efficient, environmentally friendly car with the same consumer appeal and safety as today’s models.
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Tags: Alternative Fuels, car, Competitions for Students, Contest, Energy, Environmental Engineering, General Motors, U.S. Department of Energy, Virginia Tech
Posted on November 23rd, 2010 by ASEE
Igniting Creative Energy is a national student challenge to motivate learning, ignite the imagination, and fuel students’ creative potential. Students are invited to participate by creating create a project that can communicate their ideas about energy and water efficiency via a science project, essay, story, artwork, photograph, music, video or web site project. Prizes include a trip to Washington, DC. and $1,000 for the winning school. Submission Deadline: March 4, 2011.
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Tags: Competitions for Students, Conservation, Energy, Grades K-12
Posted on September 3rd, 2010 by ASEE
Purdue University’s “Innovation 2 Reality” (I2R) features three FREE 5-week after-school programs for 6th-8th grade students in Fall 2010 and Spring 2011 focused on the themes: Engineering and Our Changing Climate (Oct. 17 – Nov. 10), Edible Engineering (Jan. 13 – Feb. 10), and The Energy Game (Feb. 8-March 8 ) The programs offer a combination of faculty guest speakers, lab tours and hands-on engineering activities.
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Tags: After School, Agricultural Engineering, Climate Change, Energy, Energy and Environmental Technology, Food Industry, Grades 6-8