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May 3, 2011 

Fields of Dreams 

wisconsin farm with rainbow after storm   

Ah, spring, when a farmer's fancy turns to thoughts of soil, water, and sun. From machines that till, fertilize, and plant simultaneously to "rainscaping" and new crop strains, engineering has altered Old MacDonald's practice while feeding the world. Your sprouts will enjoy soaking up this week's irrigation activity. You may need a mop!


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Lesson: Way to Flow   


Pivot IrrigationFor centuries, engineered irrigation systems have proved critical in agriculture. In this lesson, teams of students in grades 6 - 12 will design and build a system to move water from one source to two different delivery areas.


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Feature: Farming's Fishy Future


AquaponicsThe world's shrinking availabilty of arable land means future farms must occupy less space. To curb pollution and save fuel, they'll need to rely less on pesticides and shorten distribution routes. Revolutionary aquaponic farming, mini vertical farms where fish and plants live symbiotically, might meet these goals while minimizing water use and waste.  

K-12 News: Teacher Named Top in U.S.   


Michelle ShearerWho says science is for nerds? Not the Council of Chief State School Officers, which just named Michelle Shearer, an AP chemistry teacher from Frederick, Md., the 2011 National Teacher of the Year. President Obama will honor her and other state teachers of the year at the White House on May 3. 




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


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


WorkshopBuild 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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