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December 14, 2010

Their Own Power

Prosthetics are a rapidly advancing area of biomedical engineering. Artificial joints prolong an active life for the elderly. Amputees are now able to jog and compete in a variety of sports. Soon, artificial limbs may be thought controlled, with skin sensitive to the lightest touch. Our Lesson and Spotlight open a window on this exciting field.  

Lesson: Build a Prosthetic Limb 

Man running with prostheticStudent in grades 4 - 8 are introduced to biomedical engineering and the technology of prosthetics. As they create a model prosthetic lower leg, testing its strength and considering pros and cons, they learn about issues and materials that biomedical engineers consider in designing artificial limbs.

Spotlight: A Joint Effort

lisa pruittFor people with damaged or painful joints, something like a knee or hip replacement can be the key to a better life. It can also weaken, wear out, or break. That's where mechanical and bioengineering Prof. Lisa Pruitt comes in.



shanghai teens are tops

Shanghai 15-year-olds scored No. 1 in a major international math, science and reading test, beating students in dozens of countries. They did particularly well in math. American students placed "in the middle of the pack," says an Education Department official.


Packed with Fun: The New eGFI Cards!

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.

Check Them Out

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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Note to Readers: This newsletter won't be published next week. Look for our special year-end issue December 28.