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Lesson: Measuring Velocity

StopwatchIn this lesson, students in grades 6-12 learn how to make a graph to measure average velocity and calculate the mid-times for personal intervals of student runs, walks, and jogs. Working in groups, one member walks, jogs, or runs in a straight-line path while attempting to maintain a constant velocity. The other group members time the runner along the path, and then record and graph the data of each run.

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Lesson: Construct a Road Sign Support

Overhead Road SignIn this lesson, students in grades 6-12 use simple materials to design, build, and test a model of a free-standing structure used to support overhead road signs. They begin by learning about the engineering design process and researching about support structures. They then work in groups to design and build their own sign supports. The final designs are tested to see how they stand up to two different types of loads.

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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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Event: Girl Scouts Engineering. UMaryland, Oct. 9, 2010

Building a Better Future Project PatchGirl Scout Engineering Saturday (GSES) is a program for local Girl Scout troops in Maryland and the Washington metropolitan area. Cadettes and Seniors (grades 6-12) engage in fun, hands-on activities and earn the Building a Better Future Project patch. Join the program October 9, 2010, or again in February.

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Competition: Conceptualize Space Exploration. Deadline: Oct. 13, 2010

257849main_S74-17456_full-3Students ages 10–17 years old are invited to participate in the International Youth Art Competition to express their ideas about the future of human space exploration through visual, literary, musical, or digital art. Winners will receive a certificate of achievement, other prizes, and an invitation to attend the International Academy of Astronautics Humans in Space Symposium in April 2011.The best art will be displayed in an online gallery and on-site at the Symposium, where current human space exploration leaders, including astronauts and scientists, will hear what the young winners have to say. Submission Deadline: October 13, 2010.

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Museum: National Academy of Sciences, Washington D.C.

KSMStudentsThe Marian Koshland Science Museum, of the National Academies of Sciences in Washington, DC, aims to engage the general public in current scientific issues that impact their lives. The museum’s exhibits, public events, and educational programs provide information that stimulates discussion and provides insight into how science supports decision-making. Teachers cna visit the Teach and Learn section to find Web quests and class activities for middle and high school students on global warming, infectious diseases, the HIV pandemic, and genetics.

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