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April 12, 2011 

'Acts of Green' Span the Globe  


Since taking root in 1970, Earth Day has become a worldwide movement, with up to a billion people expected to join in tree planting and other "acts of green" on April 22. American Heritage has called it "one of the most remarkable happenings in the history of democracy." Begun to protest unregulated pollution, the event now raises awareness of climate change and shortages of clean water, energy, and food. Our watershed-pollution lesson helps your nature lovers make the connection. Watch them clean up the mess!


Eager for more Earth Day material? Check out these environmental engineering articles from our students' blog, plus last year's newsletter.


Lesson: Pollution in the Watershed    

green lessonIn this activity, students in grades 2 - 8 will learn how pollution accumulates in our water sources, especially from pesticides used in agriculture, by building a simple watershed with paper and markers. Watch what happens when it "rains." Things could get messy!


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Turn to our Earth Day resources page for more activities, lessons, articles and more!   

Feature: Teacher and Doer  

Mike TownMike Town has worked in steel factories and forests, tricked out a "green" house, persuaded legislators to save the wilderness, and started a student-run "Cool Schools" energy audit, saving his district  $30,000 a year. Now, the Redmond, Wash., teacher is turning an environmentalist's eye toward federal STEM education policy. 

K-12 News: Challenging Evolution Theory  


creationismTennessee's House of Representatives has approved a bill that encourages science teachers to explore controversial topics without fear of reprisal. Critics contend the measure will let K-12 teachers present intelligent design and creationism as acceptable alternatives to evolution.


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School Principal Saves Students from Tsunami 


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

Register Now for 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!  


Registration is complimentary for K-12 teachers who register by June 10.


Register Now!


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Our Facebook page for teachers is a great way to learn about contests, web resources, K-12 education news and lesson 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! 


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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