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Eyes in the Skies

Texas A&M hurricane Harvey drone surveyAfter Hurricane Harvey inundated Houston with historic rains, engineering researchers Texas A&M University offered a quick, inexpensive way to survey the damage. They deployed drones – lots of them – in the biggest squadron ever used in an official disaster response.

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Super Small Science: Nano Videos

Nanotechnology super small science videoNanotechnology – an emerging field that measures materials in billionths of a meter – is showing up in products from cosmetics to pharmaceuticals to cellphones. To help introduce this fascinating subject to K-12 students, the National Science Foundation and NBC Learn have teamed up to create a series of short videos. Nanotechnology: Super Small Science is just one of several free nanoscience and engineering education resources the federal government has developed for teachers.

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Science & Engineering of the Sochi Olympics

Snowboard scene with NSF logo for 2014 winter olympicsWhether its swifter, safer bobsleds or high-performance speed-skating suits, science and engineering are as much on display at the 2014 Winter Olympics at Sochi, Russia. Catch the high-tech action in the latest installment of the Emmy Award-winning “Science of Sports” series from the National Science Foundation and NBC Learn.

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The Science of Innovation

science of innovation3-D printers and electronic tattoos are just some of the inventions featured in a new video series launched to mark Thomas Edison’s 165th birthday. Produced in collaboration by NBCLearn, the National Science Foundation, and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the “Science of Innovation” includes 11 segments – with related lessons – illuminating the process by which scientists and engineers develop innovative ideas into patents and products.

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Webinar on NSF’s K-12 Programs

nsf-newThe National Science Foundation offers K-12 educators a variety of resources and funding for projects. Learn about NSF’s Discovery Research K-12 program, as well the recently released DR K-12 solicitation to support projects that develop and study resources, models and technologies for STEM education.

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Let the (Engineering) Games Begin!

USA in UKFrom safety gear and split-second timekeepers to systems that improve training or healing, the impact of engineering on sports is pervasive. As Team USA heads to London in July, the National Science Foundation has partnered with the educational and Olympics divisions of NBC News to create videos highlighting the engineering that helps the world’s top athletes go for glory.

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Engineering a Difference

engineering a differenceIf safe, clean drinking water flows from your tap, thank the teams of engineers who design, maintain, and upgrade the complex systems that deliver life’s most vital fluid. Indeed, engineering is all about identifying and solving society’s urgent problems–as your students will see in “Engineering a Difference,” an award-winning video series sponsored by the National Science Foundation.

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Webinars and Workshop: Noyce Program

Teacher and Frustrated StudentTwo online webinars and a workshop that will provide information about the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program, including how to prepare Letters of Intent and proposals for the upcoming deadlines, will be held Feb. 15, 16, and 21, respectively. The deadline for registration is Monday, Feb. 13, 2012. The program seeks to encourage talented STEM majors and professionals to become K-12 mathematics and science teachers.

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New Push for Science Teachers

Student in ClassAttention, STEM majors. The nation needs more middle and high school science teachers — and there are several new initiatives to encourage you to sign up for training. Indiana’s Valparaiso University, for instance, just received a $500,000 federal grant to train science undergraduates as educators. The program will include paid summer internships and student-teaching stints.

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