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June 7, 2011 

Soak Up the Sun   

Furnace Creek Solar Panels

Catching some rays this summer? Join the engineering crowd! Across America, solar panel grids (above) and other innovations are harnessing the sun's free, clean energy to heat water, cool homes, even recharge electric cars and cellphones. This week's activity may inspire your eco-minded sun worshippers to build a solar-powered shower. Bring towels!


College-bound STEM majors? See if their campus offers MentorNet online mentoring.


Seeking engineering scholarships? Check out our list! 


Lesson: Solar Shower Power      


SunIn this activity, teams of students in grades 9 to 11 gain a better undertstanding of heat transfer and engineering by designing and building solar water-heating devices that mimic those used in residences. Once the model devices are constructed, students perform efficiency calculations and compare designs.


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Feature: Artificial Leaves Could Power Homes 

LeavesScientists may have created an affordable solution for those who live without electricity. The invention is an artificial leaf, and it is powered by an advanced solar cell that mimics photosynthesis - the process green plants use to convert sunlight and water into energy. The device is the size of a playing card.  


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K-12 News: Testing Nets Few Student Gains   


Cartoon ClassroomAlmost a decade of "adequate yearly progress," high school exit exams and other test-based accountability systems has had little or no positive impact on student learning, a new National Academies report concludes. The blue-ribbon panel also found insufficient safeguards against gaming the system, and noted that incentives to raise scores undercut the validity of test results as a measure of academic progress.


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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.  


Last days to sign up for free! (Complimentary registration ends 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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