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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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Channeling Leonardo

Leonardo SketchStudents at Sadler Arts Academy in Muskogee, Okla., can’t get enough of Leonardo da Vinci. The quintessential Renaissance artist, engineer, and inventor is the subject of a semester-long extra-curricular activity for gifted and talented classes that are studying – and channeling – his life and notebooks.

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Web Resource: STEM All-Star Trading Cards

STEM Card 05-FrontEach week for 25 weeks, Dupont will unveil a new STEM collectible trading card featuring one scientist out of the countless men and women who have made an impact through STEM research and education. Featured thus far? Albert Einstein, George Washington Carver, Sergey Brin.

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Notable Hispanic Scientists and Engineers

Ellen Ochoa (Image from NASA)Contributors to American technological prowess include 1968 Nobel laureate Luis Walter Alvarez, Ellen Ochoa, the first Hispanic woman astronaut, who is now deputy director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center, and Dan Arvizu, who heads the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

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Exhibit: Designing Tomorrow. Washington, DC. Oct 2010-July 2011


The Designing Tomorrow exhibit at the National Building Museum, in Washington, D.C., October 2, 2010 -July 10, 2011, explores the modernist spectacles of architecture and design Americans witnessed at the nation’s world’s fairs between 1933 and 1940 — visions of a brighter future during the worst economic crisis the United States had known. The fairs popularized modern design for the American public and promoted the idea of science and consumerism as salvation from the Great Depression.

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Resource: Da Vinci Traveling Exhibit

Da Vinci: The Genius Traveling ExhibitGrande Exhibitions and the Anthropos Association have created a traveling exhibit called Da Vinci: The Genius. The exhibit incorporates images by French Scientific Engineer Pascal Cotte and his 25 revelations on the Mona Lisa, reproductions of Leonardo’s codices and most famous renaissance art, a collection of anatomical sketches, the Anghiari Battle Preparatory Drawings, and animations in 3D/HD of The Last Supper, the Vitruvian Man, and the creation of the Mona Lisa and the Sforza Horse Sculpture. It also features an informative audio guide, student workshop areas, a theatre, and a retail shop for Leonardo Da Vinci merchandise.

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Royal Society Online Releases 60 Historic Papers

The Royal Society, a British scientific society that turns 350 years old next year, is starting its birthday celebrations a little early. The Society launched an interactive timeline called “Trailblazing,” which showcases online the original texts of 60 of its most significant papers.

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Website: NAE’s Engineer Girl!

The EngineerGirl Website, a project of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), features resources and links helpful for any classroom, including: fun facts, cool links, great achievements, and engineering contests.

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Website: Engineers’ Greatest Achievements

Ranging from electrification to laser and fiber optics, refrigeration, the Internet, and spacecraft, the Greatest Engineering Achievements website of the National Academy of Engineering celebrates 20 major engineering accomplishments of the 20th century. It offers detailed historical information, timelines, and personal essays by key innovators for each accomplishment, and can serve as helpful resource material for class projects.

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