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November 23, 2010

Historic Achievements
Pyramids at Giza

Engineers have a long, proud heritage, dating back as early as the pyramids at Giza. Inspire your students with stories of  the Antikythera mechanism, a Greek "computer" dating to 100-150 B.C.E., and the 15th-century wonder of Machu Picchu. Then challenge them to get medieval, building and launching their own catapults.

Engineering history on the student blog
Engineering history on the teachers' site

Lesson: Ready to Launch

cornell catapultCatapult construction can teach students about energy transfer and trajectory motion while giving them a chance to build and refine a simple device. Here are two versions, a simple marshmallow activity for grades 4-8 and more involved lesson for grades 5-12, with additional engineering and mathematics exericises.

Marshmallow launch, grades 4 - 8
Catapult contruction, grades 5-12

Spotlight: Inca Engineering

Machu PicchuKnown as "the lost city of the Inca," Machu Piccu was constructed sometime around 1450 and is often recognized as an archaeological site of great cultural significance. But the Incas were also remarkable engineers.

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K-12 News: Broomsticks Up!

BroomsticksWhy would a science museum screen "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," which is all about wizardry? Because Hogwarts spells have intriguing parallels with ongoing research, such as genetic engineering and anti-gravity experiments. And what better way to get kids excited about STEM?

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eGFI cardsThe colorful, new eGFI cards are here! The 15 cards from our homepage have been brought to life and sized just right (4" x 5"). An accompanying teachers guide offers fresh activities to inspire your students. The cards also encourage discussion of such challenges as ocean pollution, cyber-security, and robot development. Teacher tested and approved, the cards are available on our eGFI store.

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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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