"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.
|Class Activity: Earthquake-Proof Towers
|Never 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.
|Spotlight: Tips From a 'Genius'
|It 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.
|K-12 News: Channeling Leonardo
|Students 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.
|eGFI Contest: Innovative Teaching Ideas
You could win a $50 Amazon.com 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.
Television Series: Dean of Invention
Robots, 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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