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Sense It!

SENSE IT water quality samplingSensors are in everything from smart phones to corn fields. They also can be a powerful and engaging tool to teach STEM. SENSE IT, a free, research-based curriculum, involves students in hands-on learning about their local environment by constructing, deploying, and interpreting data from a network of water-quality sensors.

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America’s Got STEM Talent!

Regeneron STS 2018 winnersOne developed a mathematical model that predicts the spread of potato blight. Another examined the response of lung cells to electronic cigarettes. The teens who topped this year’s Regeneron Science Talent Search come from 31 schools in 15 states. But all underscore the importance of elementary science instruction – an advantage few U.S. students currently enjoy, a new report notes.

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March Madness STEM Resources

Basketball MadnessJust as athletes “learn from the game,” the annual NCAA March Madness basketball competition offers students a timely, engaging way to hone their STEM knowledge and skills. eGFI has compiled some bracket-busting resources to pep up your math and science classes.

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EngineerGirl Ambassador Program for H.S. Students

EngineerGirl Ambassador program 2018Do you know a young high school woman who enjoys engineering and could serve as an inspiring role model for other girls? Encourage her to apply to be a National Academy of Engineering’s EngineerGirl Ambassador. Ambassadors receive up to $250 to fund their project, a paid round-trip to the Society of Women Engineers national conference in Minneapolis, and leadership development and mentors. Apply by May 31, 2018.

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Bobsled Blitz

Australia men's bobsleigh team training in PyeongchangStudents in grades 3 to 12 explore the effects of gravity, friction, and air resistance upon acceleration by using the engineering design process to design, build, and test their own bobsleds with the aim of reducing run times with each attempt.

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National Youth Science Camp 2018

National Youth Science CampThe National Youth Science Camp, one of the country’s premier science education programs, brings together graduating high school seniors from around the country and world for three-plus weeks of outdoor adventure and hands-on projects in the beautiful woods of West Virginia, all travel costs and camp fees paid. Apply by February 28, 2018

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Wind Chimes

wind chimesHigh school students design and build wind chimes using their knowledge of physics and sound waves, and under such constraints as weight, cost, and the number of musical notes their chimes must generate. They make mathematical computations to determine the pipe lengths. Links to similar activities for younger students included in activity scaling section.

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Generation Nano Superhero Challenge

NSF Generation Nano graphicSpider-Man’s creator, Stan Lee, finds inspiration in STEM. And he hopes students in grades 6 to 12 will, too, by dreaming up comics or short videos in the National Science Foundation’s Generation Nano: Superheroes Inspired by Science competition. Top entries can win up to $1,500 in scholarships, with $500 stipends for teachers. Enter by January 8, 2018.

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Wearable Device Challenge

hand with wearable tech graphicMiddle and high school students follow the engineering design process to create wearable devices to monitor the health of humans, animals, or both in this competition sponsored by North Carolina State University’s Nanosystems Engineering Research Center for Advanced Self-Powered Systems of Integrated Sensors and Technologies (ASSIST). The program includes teacher training and lesson plans to help implement the design challenge. Register teams by Feb. 15, 2018.,/b>

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