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March 29, 2011 

Star Struck   

Astronaut Steve Smith Fixes the Hubble Satellite (Image by NASA)

Neil Armstrong's first step on the moon was "a giant a leap for mankind," but even he couldn't have foreseen more recent aerospace engineering feats. From astronaut Steve Smith's daring 1999 repair of the Hubble telescope (photo) to Mars Rover marvels and everyday GPS, human ingenuity knows no bounds. Your rocket scientists won't need a space shuttle to learn about the forces of flight in this week's lesson. Bon voyage!


Craving more aerospace? Check out these lessons and activities on our blog, plus last year's newsletter. And don't miss NASA's Education page.


Lesson: How High Can You Fly? 


JumpIn this lesson, you'll introduce your students to the four forces of flight -- drag, lift, thrust, and weight -- through a variety of fun-filled flight experiments. Students will "fly" for short periods and then evaluate factors that might either increase or decrease their "flight" duration.


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Teach your aviators the math and science of flight navigation, using vectors, in these eight fun "pilot training lessons." Then, watch them soar!!

Feature: Unlimited Space to Learn 

Zero GMany kids dream of exploring space, but few get much further than their schoolyards. This is not true of students in Tekna-Theos, a Florida after-school program bursting with science activities and contests. They've set their sights high, designing and building mini-satellites and preparing a payload to test the effect of weightlessness on bone cells. Some have actually experienced "Zero-G."

K-12 News: College Connection   


co stem academyIt's no surprise that VIPs like Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, pictured, want to find out about the unusual STEM Academy at Skyline High School in Boulder, Colo. The curriculum was developed in partnership with the University of Colorado's College of Engineering, which also guarantees acceptance to high-achieving grads.


To follow the Elementary and Secondary Education Act's overhaul, visit  ESEA Watch.

Coming in June: ASEE's K-12 Teachers' Workshop


k12workshopSaturday, June 25, 2011 in  Vancouver, B.C., Canada. This day-long program for teachers and engineering educators from Canada and the United States offers a fast-paced and exciting overview of engineering education resources for the classroom. You'll discover valuable best practices, new contacts for collaboration, and the latest take-away tools for effective teaching about engineering education. Count on a full, fun and motivating day!


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student blogDid you know that eGFI also sends out a free weekly student newsletter? It's full of the latest science and engineering innovations, and could provide great discussion topics for your classroom. Subscribe and keep up to date with jaw-dropping inventions, our newest trailblazer profiles, and upcoming events.  

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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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