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May 17, 2011 

Rising to Challenges 

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Class in a pre-summer slump? Hands-on activities help keep students engaged and learning. Whether it's trying to build a human-powered helicopter (above; photo courtesy Essential Eye Photographics) or win a national math competition (below), kids relish challenges. Just ask science teachers in Finland. Your designers will shake a leg in this week's activity. See who builds a paper picnic table!


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Lesson: Design a Sturdy Paper Table    


Paper TableIn this lesson, students in grades 4-7 explore the engineering design process by building a table out of tubes of newspaper that is strong enough to hold a heavy book. They learn to brainstorm, test, evaluate, and redesign their tables to support more weight and figure out how to keep the table legs from buckling.   


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Feature: Finland, A Model for Success 


Finland EducationFinland enjoys a surprising claim to fame: world-class K-12 education. Only a handful of nations come close to matching the country in math, science, and literacy, and none boasts such uniformly high achievement rates across regions and income levels. How does Finland do it? In a word, teachers. 

K-12 News: America's Top 'Mathlete'   


mathcounts2Cheering crowds. An ESPN crew. Who knew math could generate as much excitement as the NBA playoffs? Ask Scott Wu. On May 7, the eighth grader from Baton Rouge, La., beat 223 other middle-school "mathletes" from around the country to win the 2011 Raytheon MATHCOUNTS national competition in Washington, D.C.   




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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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