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July 5, 2011 

Are We There Yet?


Before gridlock, security checks, and missed connections made travel a hassle, getting there used to be half the fun. Engineers are working to restore that past joy. From smart traffic signals and fuel-efficient subways to concept jetliners, hovercraft, and other Paris Air Show wonders, cool new transportation designs promise to open new vistas. Your explorers will discover the joy of motion in this week's activity. First step: overcoming friction.


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


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Lesson: Hovercraft Racers       


Hovercraft at SeaIn this lesson, students in grades 7 - 9 will gain first-hand experience on how friction affects motion by building a hovercraft from a balloon and compact disc (CD). They will learn that a bed of air under a vehicle significantly eases its slide over a surface and how this knowledge helps engineers design moving objects so they can be controlled.


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Feature: Riverside Treat

Amphibious Ice Cream TruckThe world's first amphibious ice cream truck set sail on the Thames in London last month. Created by Cadbury ice cream in celebration of National Ice Cream Week (May 30th - June 5th), the truck will be touring UK beaches and selling tasty treats on land and sea. While the van is unlikely to withstand any serious storms or pirate attacks at sea, it can travel at close to six mph while playing jangly tunes.


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K-12 News:  Learning Slides in Summer  


Water SlideMany students will lose a month of learning this summer, according to a sweeping new study on summer learning by the nonprofit RAND Corporation and the Wallace Foundation. Moreover, the setbacks are cumulative, affecting pupils from low-income families disproportionately and all but guaranteeing a permanent achievement gap. The study also found that quality summer programs can stave off the summer slide.


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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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