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December  28, 2010

Hit Singles

To help you launch a new year, here are some eGFI favorites. Of our many lesson plans and class activities, five consistently appeal to visitors of our K-12 pre-engineering teachers' site. We hope they inspire your students.

Lesson: Cracking the Code

bar codeOur #1 most popular lesson engages students in grades 5 - 12 with computerized barcoding -- encoding and decoding. Exercises show how the mathematical formula safeguards against errors.
Lesson: Paper Structures

origami paper ballHow can a mere sheet of paper support the weight of a book? Students in grades 1 - 8 find out as they design and build their own portable paper structure. Like civil engineers, they learn that material strength varies with shape and arrangement.
Lesson: Tsunami Survival

tsunami signStudents in grades 3 - 8 use a table-top tsunami generator to observe the devastation caused by these huge waves. They make villages of model buildings to test the impact of a tsunami on different materials and learn how engineers design structures to withstand such a destructive force.

Activity: Paper Helicopter

helicopter foldingCapture students' interest with a simple, fun activity on the aerodynamics of flying machines. As they create this paper flyer with blades that move like a helicopter, students in grades 1 - 6 learn how shape, weight, and air resistance affect an aircraft's flight.
Activity: Slinkies and Magnetic Fields

slinkyStudents in grades 10 - 12 use a metal slinky to understand the electrical functions of a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine. They run a current through the slinky and use software to examine the magnetic field created.

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