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November  9, 2010

The Power to Imagine
Moving Tower in Dubai

"It can't be done." You won't hear many engineers say that -- certainly not the ones who designed this tower of rotating floors to give apartment-dwellers an ever-changing view. Nor are you likely to hear it from teacher Amir Abo-Shaeer, featured below, whose imaginative engineering courses appeal equally to girls and boys.  

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Class Activity: Earthquake-Proof Towers

plastic colored strawsNever build a house of straw -- that's conventional wisdom. But in this creative activity, students in grades 6-12 build a tower of drinking straws to withstand simulated earthquake vibrations and increasing pressure. Doing so, they learn basic principles of earthquake engineering while practicing team skills.

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Spotlight: Tips From a 'Genius'

Abo-shaeerIt doesn't take a genius -- or a lot of money -- to attract students to engineering and keep them coming, says Amir Abo-Shaeer, a 2010 MacArthur "genius" Award winner from California. But this energetic engineering teacher has plenty of valuable advice for K-12 STEM educators.

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K-12 News: Channeling Leonardo

vitruvian manStudents at Sadler Arts Academy in Muskogee, Okla., can't get enough of Leonardo da Vinci. The quintessential Renaissance artist, engineer, and inventor is the subject of a semester-long extra-curricular activity for gifted and talented classes that are studying - and channeling - his life and notebooks.

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eGFI Contest: Innovative Teaching Ideas

eGFI ContestYou could win a $50 Gift Card for a creative teaching idea. Check out the first eGFI contest and propose a clever classroom use for our new eGFI cards. We'll select the most exciting and innovative proposal -- it could be yours! The contest runs Nov. 2 - 6, 2010.

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Television Series: Dean of Invention

Dean of InventionRobots, microbots, bionic limbs, and more!  To learn about cutting-edge technology being invented today  to save our planet and improve our lives, check out Dean of Invention on Planet Green network, airing on Fridays at 10 p.m.

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Classroom-ready and teacher-approved, these K-12 teacher kits make learning about engineering fun!

eGFI Teacher Kits include:

* 20 eGFI magazines -- our award-winning, comprehensive 64-page introduction to engineering
* 5 sets of eGFI cards -- 16 cards explain the major engineering disciplines, with a thought-provoking question about each field. An extra card provides ideas for using these materials in the classroom.
* 1 eGFI classroom poster -- a large 3x2 foot poster with illustrations of the most popular engineering disciplines
* 1 bonus teacher guide -- 6 pages of engaging classroom activities using the eGFI magazine, cards, and website

A $133 value -- just $99.95!
Order kits for your classroom today! 

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About the eGFI Teachers' Newsletter

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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