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Amazing Grace

Grace HopperRear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper was the first woman to earn a Ph.D. in mathematics from Yale, pioneered computer programming languages, discovered the first computer “bug,” and retired as the Navy’s highest ranking, longest-serving female officer in history. They even named a naval destroyer after her.

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Feature: Asian American Innovators

asian heritageIn recognition of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month 2012, ASEE salutes the achievements of these remarkable engineers and engineering educators: Amar Bose, Kalpana Chawla, Yuan-Cheng Fung, Ellison Onizuka, Arati Prabhakar, Chang-Lin Tien, and An Wang.

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Feature: Engineering Icons

Grand Canyon BridgePlanning a road trip this summer? Whether en route to a beach, lake, or national park, there are plenty of engineering landmarks to admire along the way — including the interstate highway system, along which most travelers must pass. Here are some designated engineering destinations worth braking for!

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Garrett Morgan, Traffic Signal Inventor

Garrett MorganEver wonder what driving would be like without traffic signals? Garrett Augustus Morgan, Sr., did. Driving through Cleveland, Ohio, where he owned a prosperous sewing machine repair and tailoring business, the Kentucky-born son of slaves was keenly aware of the danger of collisions…

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An Ancient Computer, Now Recreated in Legos

Ancient ComputerIn 1901, a group of deep-sea divers discovered a Roman shipwreck near Antikythera, a small island off the southern coast of Greece. Among the treasures was a small rusted machine that once contained a sophisticated array of cogs and wheels. Now researchers believe they know the purpose of this mysterious device.

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Lesson: Mayan Calendar

800px-Chichen-Itza-Castillo-Seen-From-EastIn this lesson combining math, engineering, and history, students in grades 6-12 learn about the ancient calendar system used by the Maya of Central America. Students construct a simple model of a calendar round, learning about prime numbers and the mechanics of these ancient devices.

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Feature: Honoring Inca Engineering

Machu PicchuKnown as “the lost city of the Inca,” Machu Piccu was constructed sometime around 1450, and is often recognized as an archaeological site of great cultural significance. But the Incas were also remarkable engineers.

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Website: Museum of Ancient Inventions

ancientwheelsHelp students connect to the past by having them view the Virtual Museum of Ancient Inventions, which displays helpful information on remarkable innovations from the distant past, such as the Aztec calendar wheels, the loom, the steam engine, the catapulut — and even eyeliner!

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Lesson: Build a Catapult

CatapultIn this lesson, students in grades 4-12 learn about the history of catapults and how they work. They assemble their own catapult model, making adjustments to improve its performance. Students gain engineering experience while learning principles of physics and working with the scientific processes of experimentation and trial and error.

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