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June 21, 2011 

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Austin Whitney Walks at Graduation with Help of Exoskeleton

Graduation is always a big deal. For UC-Berkeley senior Austin Whitney, his walk across the stage in May also represented a giant potential leap for people who are paralyzed. The robotic exoskeleton enabling this feat is one of many adaptive technologies that engineers have developed to help disabled individuals--including athletes--perform at their best. But modifying equipment to meet special needs takes precision. In this week's activity, your innovators will discover the challenge and thrill of getting it right.


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


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Lesson: On Target       


Lesson SuppliesIn this lesson, teams of students in grades 6 to 12 will explore the engineering design process by modifying a paper cup to carry a marble down a zip line and drop it precisely on a target. They will learn to brainstorm, test, evaluate, and redesign their devices to improve accuracy and effectiveness of the remote-release mechanism.


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Feature: Helping the Deaf Excel  

ASL Alphabet Letter ECould an approach developed to help deaf and hearing-impaired undergraduates overcome educational disadvantages work for anyone--including mainstream K-12 students who struggle with reading and math? Scott Bellinger, an instructor at America's only technical college for the deaf and hard-of-hearing, thinks so.


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K-12 News: STEM Teachers Lack Qualifications  


Magic BusIf Miss Frizzle, of Magic School Bus fame, were teaching in a U.S. public high school today, would she have a degree in physics, chemistry, earth science or math?How about certification in the subject? Probably not, a new survey by the National Center for Education Statistics suggests.


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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 on 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.  


Space is still available, though complimentary registration ended June 10.


Register Now!

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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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