Posted on April 20th, 2017 by Mary Lord
It’s hard to top NASA for an out-of-this-world way to celebrate Earth Day 2017. The space agency is inviting people from around the globe to virtually “adopt” one of 64,000 individual pieces of Earth as seen from space by one of its 18 Earth science instruments.
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Posted on April 20th, 2017 by Mary Lord
Students in grades 6-7 build light meters and investigate the nature, sources, and levels of light in their classroom. learning about the adverse effects of artificial light on humans, animals, and plants as well as the engineering concepts of sensors and lumen and lux (lx) illuminance units. They also learn how to better use light and save energy as well as some of the technologies designed by engineers to reduce light pollution and energy waste.
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Tags: Class Activities, Computer Science, data analysis, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Environmental science, Grades 6-8, graphing, LEGO MINDSTROMS, Light pollution, lumens, lux, Mathematics, measuring, sensors
Posted on April 19th, 2017 by Mary Lord
Kids love exploring the world around them, and Earth Day offers a great way to introduce them to environmental science and engineering. The following sampler includes activities, lessons, and resources that promote green engineering and science learning.
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Tags: Class Activities, Curriculum, Earth Day, Energy, Environmental Engineering, Environmental science, Green design, green roof, groundwater, Internet Resources, inventor, Lesson Plan, Lesson Plans, Pollution, Resources for Teachers, Sustainability, Teacher Resources, Trash, Videos, waste, Web Resources, Wind Energy
Posted on March 16th, 2017 by Mary Lord
Flipside Science is a youth-produced educational video series developed by teachers and the California Academy of Science that tackles complex environmental engineering topics and empowers middle school students to make a difference.
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Tags: California Academy of Sciences, Environmental Engineering, environmental literacy, Environmental science, Flipside Science, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12, Internet Resources, Resources for Teachers, STEM education
Posted on February 16th, 2017 by Mary Lord
No two snowflakes are alike, right? We know this thanks to a Jericho, Vermont, farm boy and citizen engineer named Wilson A. Bentley, who adapted a microscope to a camera and spent 40 years capturing thousands of unique images.
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Tags: Environmental Engineering, Environmental science, Science of Snow, Smithsonian, snowflake, University of Utah, Web Resources, William Snowflake Bentley
Posted on February 4th, 2017 by ASEE
Students in grades 5-9 learn about urban planning as they assess the environmental health of their community, taking a walk around their neighborhood. They construct a map that identifies both positive and negative features and then recommend improvements.
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Tags: Community Awareness, ELA, Engineering Design, Environmental Engineering, Environmental science, Grades 5-9, Grades 6-8, Lesson Plan, literacy
Posted on November 28th, 2016 by Mary Lord
From the air or highway, America’s fruited plains present a uniform vista of vast abundance. Not to Amy Kaleita. The associate professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering at Iowa State University sees a “somewhat chaotic” array of micro-plots, each with unique hydrology, root depths, soil characteristics – all of them ripe opportunities for smart technology to enhance both sustainability and food production using “precision conservation.”
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Tags: Agricultural Engineering, Amy Kaleita, Environmental Engineering, farming, Iowa State University, micro, micro-plots, precision conservation, sensors
Posted on November 23rd, 2016 by Mary Lord
“Engineering and Animals” is the theme for the National Academy of Engineering’s 2017 EngineerGirl! Essay Contest. Students in grades 3 to 12 are asked to choose an endangered animal – like this black-footed ferret – and consider how engineering might improve life for that species. Submissions are due Feb. 1, 2017.
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Posted on August 29th, 2016 by Mary Lord
To celebrate its 100th birthday and engage the next century’s environmentalists, the National Park Service is opening parks to 4th graders and their teachers and parents for free. Every Kid in a Park includes trip planning tools and teacher activity guides. No time or funds for field trips? Take a virtual tour of the Grand Canyon or explore resources for teaching history to citizen science.
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Tags: Citizen Science, Environmental Engineering, Every Kid in a Park, Internet Resources, National Park Service, Native Americans, nature, Resources for Teachers, virtual field trips, wilderness