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October 5, 2010

Hispanic Heritage

hispanic heritage month

Americans of Hispanic descent have made notable contributions to science, engineering and technology. They include a 1968 Physics Nobel laureate, the current head of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and the first Latina astronaut, now Number 2 at NASA's Johnson Space Flight Center. Across the country, Hispanic communities are encouraging young people to focus on STEM involvement.

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Lesson: Map The Green Space

The Living EnvironmentStudents in grades 5-9 learn about urban planning as they assess the environmental health of their community, taking a walk around their neighborhood. They construct a map that identifies both positive and negative features and then recommend improvements.

Working TogetherThe L.A.-based non-profit Great Minds in STEM wants young Hispanics and other under-represented minorities to start focusing on science and engineering careers. "If our community is technically prepared," says GMiS founder Ray Mellado, "they're going to be successful."

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Amir Abo-ShaeerAmir Abo-Shaeer, a California physics and engineering teacher, has been named a 2010 MacArthur Fellow. He founded the Dos Pueblos Engineering Academy, a school-within-a-school that offers a rigorous hands-on curriculum. The "genius" awards come with a no-strings $500,000 grant.  

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Delivered each week to your email inbox, our newsletter is packed with lesson plans and activities, resources, feature stories, and the latest developments in K-12 engineering education. eGFI is part of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), a non-profit organization committed to enhancing efforts to improve STEM and engineering education.

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