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May 24, 2011 

Go, STEM Racers! 

Go-Kart and Rider on Track

Vrrooom! Few things get kids more revved about STEM than go karts, especially during the pre-summer slump. In Winston-Salem, N.C., 24 student design teams entered biofuel-powered vehicles in the annual Go Green Go-Kart Competition May 19 -- double last year's numbers. Can't spring for engines? Rubber bands should speed your racers across the finish line in this week's activity.


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Lesson: Rubber Meets the Road      


Rubber BandsIn this activity, teams of students 8 - 18 learn about engineering design by constructing rubber band-powered cars from everyday materials. They test their rubber-band racers, evaluate their results, and present to the class.   


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Feature: Kart Me Away  


evGrandPrix Line UpA Purdue University engineering professor has found that building and racing battery-powered go-karts is a great way not only to get his own students excited about science and engineering, but at-risk middle-school kids as well. 

K-12 News: Bill Gates' Grass-roots Advocacy  


Bill Gates SpeakingThe foundation launched by Microsoft founder Bill Gates is spending millions of dollars to enlist educators and experts in promoting sweeping changes to public education. Teachers belonging to Gates-funded advocacy group Teach Plus helped persuade Indiana lawmakers this spring to eliminate seniority-based layoff policies.    


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"Innovation Campus" Joins School, Industry, Colleges, and Army 


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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