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Engineer a Vertical Farm

vertical garden class projectStudents in grades 6 to 8 explore food production problems related to population growth and then engineer a model vertical farm as a potential solution in a fictional community, Greentown, culminating with a presentation to the imaginary city’s “legislators.”

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Generation Nano Superhero Winners

Generation Nano 2018 superheroWhat does a solar-powered, high-flying hero named Heliora have in common with a peppy polymer that transforms into a cell-size, chain-welding warrior to battle an antibiotic-resistant superbug? Both won the 2018 Generation Nano challenge!

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ASEE Engineering Day Highlights

ASEE at NSTA regional in New Orleans Dec. 2017Couldn’t make it to ASEE’s Engineering Day at the 2017 National Science Teachers Association regional conferences or annual STEM Forum? Check out these hands-on highlights – and join us at the NSTA STEM Forum in Philadelphia July 11-13, 2018!

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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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Playful STEM: OK Go Sandbox

OK Go SandboxOK Go is a wildly popular band that “likes to make stuff.” AnnMarie Thomas, a University of St. Thomas engineering educator and amateur circus aerialist, likes to make stuff, too. Put them together and the result is OK Go Sandbox, a free, video-rich repository of design challenges, curricula, and other resources that put the *fun* in fundamental STEM concepts while fostering creativity.

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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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Presidential STEM Teaching Award

music graphic from Dec 2011 ASEE Prism Nominate an outstanding K-6 mathematics, science, or computer science teacher for the 2018 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). Nominations are due April 1, with applications due May 1.

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Olympic Champion & Engineering Educator

Bobsled champion Curt Tomasevicz at University of Nebraska LincolnCurt Tomasevicz earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and played football for the the University of Nebraska before joining the U.S. men’s national bobsled team in 2004 – and competing in three Olympics, taking home gold and bronze medals. Today, he’s back at his alma mater teaching introductory engineering while earning his Ph.D.

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Paid Summer Research for STEM Teachers

RET for Notre DameThe National Science Foundation’s Engineering Directorate sponsors paid summer research experiences for teachers (RET) at university labs across the country. Studies show that these authentic, hands-on experiences can have profound effects on teacher effectiveness and student learning. Apply today!

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