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Teachers’ Summer: Mickelson ExxonMobil Academy

mickelsonexxon2The Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy is a one-week all-expense-paid intensive professional development program in the summer for third- through fifth-grade teachers. The Academy offers a five-day program designed to provide third- through fifth-grade teachers with the knowledge and skills necessary to motivate students to pursue careers in science and math. DEADLINE PASSED

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Event: Engineering Saturdays at UT Arlington, Grades 2-12.

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Engineering Saturdays at the University of Texas, Arlington is an outreach program that showcases hands-on engineering fun and provides flexibility for a family with different ages to all find interesting things to do. Students in grades 2-12 are invited to join on: Sept. 18; Nov. 20; Apr. 16, 2011.

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Lesson Plan: Plasma Globes and Electricity

Plasma GlobeUsing a plasma ball or lightning globe, students in grades 3-5 test various objects to see if they pull the electric current generated by the globe to them. Students then explore how the globe excited electrons inside the fluorescent bulbs to make them light.

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Lesson: Trash Talkin’

RecycleIn this activity, students in grades 3-5 collect, categorize, weigh and analyze classroom solid waste. The class collects waste for a week, and then student groups spend a day sorting and analyzing the garbage with respect to recyclable and non-recyclable items. Students will discuss ways that engineers have helped to reduce solid waste.

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Curriculum: Siemens Class Activities, Grades 4-6

The Siemens Foundation Science Day Website features videos and hands-on activities for students in grades 4 through 6 to “help reinvent the science class.” The activities promise new, original experiments with intuitive directions, materials lists, and home extensions.

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Engineering Word Search, Grades 3-5

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As classes wind down (or up!) for the holidays, here’s a fun activity to get students thinking about engineering. It a game families can enjoy, too. Print and distribute copies of this pdf puzzler, then see how many words students can locate within 10-15 minutes.

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Designing Ways to Get and Clean Water

In this scenario-based activity, students design ways to either clean a water source or find a new water source, depending on given hypothetical family scenarios. They act as engineers to draw and write about what they could do to provide water to a community facing a water crisis. They learn basic steps of the engineering design process.

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