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April 26, 2011 

Tornado Season Strikes

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Forget the Wizard of Oz. Real twisters wreak far more damage than the one that deposited Dorothy atop the wicked witch -- as shattered communities from St. Louis, where the airport got slammed, to Raleigh, N.C., have learned recently. Your civil engineers don't have to live in Tornado Alley to brainstorm sturdier ways to shelter people, however. See if they can outsmart a whirlwind in this week's lesson!


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Lesson: Gimme (Tornado) Shelter   

tornado lessonIn this activity, teams of students in grades 3 - 5 will use their knowledge of tornadoes' destructive forces to design a structure that will withstand wind and protect people from twisters. Each group will create a poster detailing their structure's features and present their design to the class.


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Feature: Storm Riders!  

hurricane research truckThere are few things more real than a hurricane. A barrage of big blows enabled engineering students in Florida to get some very real-world experience about the ability of houses to withstand wind -- and they've helped to make building codes better in the process. 

K-12 News: States Eye Performance Pay  


teacher abcFor nearly a decade, schools have been held accountable for student performance on federally mandated state tests. Now, with some 80 percent of U.S. schools in danger of failing, states and districts are revamping teacher evaluation plans and making academic growth the centerpiece for pay and tenure.




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


Program Announced for ASEE's
K-12 Teachers' Workshop!


k12workshop Build a guitar to teach math and physics. Integrate engineering into science classrooms using wind energy. Design a rover to introduce the engineering design process. These are just some of the exciting projects  ASEE's day-long K-12 Teachers' Workshop will cover. You won't want to miss it! Saturday, June 25, 2011 in  Vancouver, B.C., Canada.. You'll discover valuable best practices, new contacts for collaboration, and the latest take-away tools for effective teaching and engineering instruction.  


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


Register Now!


posterGreat news -- the much-beloved eGFI posters are now back in stock (and sporting a brand new industrial engineering card!). Get 'em before they sell out again.
Other products at our store: a rhyming book for little kids called "If I Were an Engineer," engineering flash cards for grades 3-5, and of course our eGFI magazine for kids of all ages.


So, start shopping! 


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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