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February 1, 2011 

End Zone Engineering 

football concussion


When the Steelers and Packers square off in the Super Bowl on Feb. 6, helmet design and physics promise to play a starring role. As this Sport Science video shows, head-to-head impact can sideline even the toughest pro--prompting Congress to draft laws to protect student-athletes. That's where engineers come in. They can make helmets safer, as our feature article shows. This week's lesson on helmet design should score big with your sports fans, who may see football in a whole new light.

Read about some engineers who score touchdowns, too!

Lesson: Safety Gear and Helmets  


Helmet2In this lesson, students in grades 6-8 learn the basic engineering issues related to helmet design, specifically the physics of collisions and the biomechanical considerations of design. Students then identify and solve design challenges, create a poster representation of their solutions, and present them to their peers.

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Feature: Engineers Fight Football Injuries

football playTo better protect players' health, sports equipment company Riddell created the Revolution helmet, which reduces the risk of concussions. Each helmet is equipped with six sensors around the crown of the helmet which measure the G-force of hits that the player sustains to the head on any given play.

Watch a video on making football helmets...

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K-12 News: State Science Scores Slump

NAEP mapLast week's presidential call to strengthen STEM education coincided with sobering results on the latest "nation's report card." Fewer than a third of America's primary and secondary school students have a solid grasp of science--and only around 1 in 100 is advanced. State-by-state breakdowns showed New Hampshire with the highest proportion of proficient 4th graders: 47 percent. Mississippi was last.

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teacher fb 2February marks National Engineers Week (Feb. 20-26), and we plan to celebrate the entire month by giving away a pack of our eGFI cards to one lucky Facebook fan each week.


Our Facebook page for teachers is a great way to learn about contests, web resources, K-12 education news and lessons plans. It also offers a great way to interact with other STEM teachers across the nation--and around the world. Whether you're looking for a cool activity to engage your students or wrestling with rubrics, our Facebook community can help. 

So, become a fan now! 


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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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