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May 31, 2011 

A Summer for Engineering Icons  

Hoover Dam

Wow! That's the reaction of engineers and tourists alike when gazing upon Hoover DamNamed one of the 20th century's Top 10 construction achievements, the 75-year-old National Landmark is our hemisphere's highest dam, towering 725 feet above the Colorado River. America has plenty of other engineering icons worth a visit this summer, from bridges to levees. This week's lesson will prime your civil engineers to spot design marvels on vacation.


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Lesson: Suspension Splendors      


Bridge StampIn this activity, teams of students in grades 5 to 12 will learn about the design of huge civil-engineering projects by building the strongest of all bridge structures - the suspension bridge. They will place weights at various points to test its sturdiness; if time allows, they can see how many stringers can be cut before the bridge falls.


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Feature: Engineering Must-Sees

Observation PlatformTalk about killer views! From the glass-bottom lookout atop Chicago's
Sears Tower to the Grand Canyon bridge and roads along the Rockies' rooftop, America is full of engineering feats worth visitng this summer. Ride a rollercoaster. Cross the Brooklyn Bridge. Engineering is everywhere, including highway exit ramps. Enjoy the ride. 


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K-12 News: STEM High School is Tops   


Super LabIt's been a banner spring for STEM education. First, a Maryland science teacher drew White House honors as national Teacher of the Year. Now, the School of  Science and Engineering Magnet in Dallas, Texas, has soared to the head of the latest Washington Post Challenge Index of more than 1,900 high schools nationwide. Where does your high school rank?    


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New App Aids Class Participation 


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.  


Don't delay! Registration is complimentary for K-12 teachers who register by June 10.


Register Now!

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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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