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November 30, 2010

Crystal Chemistry
snowflake and child
From California to Maine, if your students are dreaming of a Winter Wonderland, capture their interest by exploring the science of snow and engineering of ice. Then involve them in a fun chemistry activity that forms crystals on a snowflake shape.

Activity: Snowflake in a Jar
crystal snowflakes
Students in grades 5-8 create shimmering snowflakes using a simple chemical process for this holiday activity.  They suspend a pipe cleaner shape in supersaturated liquid, allowing crystals to form overnight.

Crystal snowflake activity
See also our popular gingerbread activity

K-12 News: Digital Distraction
cellphone boy
Even as more schools adopt new technology to boost student learning,researchers are expressing concern about what the stream of stimuli from computers and cell phones is doing to young brains. Are we raising a generation whose brains will be wired differently?

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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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