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July 19, 2011 

Hands-On Made Fun & Easy

Two teachers make lip gloss in a SWE Teacher Workshop 

Plenty of engineering goes into lip gloss, as these two teachers learned at the eighth annual ASEE Workshop on K-12 Engineering Education. Entitled "Collaboration Can Improve Engineering Education," the workshop drew more than 200 participants to Vancouver, Canada, for a full day of interactive presentations on innovative, effective ways to engage students via engineering. Get a recap, including a slideshow of the hands-on fun and materials from the green roof field trip.


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Lesson: Explore Green Roofs


green roof What is a green roof? How do they help protect the environment? In this field-observation activity - created for ASEE's K-12 Workshop visit to the Vancouver Convention Centre green roof - elementary students will learn about green-roof design, energy conservation, and the types of plants and creatures that can live in the extreme environments atop buildings. Check our green roof resources for virtual tours and more!


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Feature: Takeaways from Vancouver


workshopThey built guitars, mixed concrete, and learned how to leverage foundation resources. Those were just some of the useful sessions at ASEE's eighth annual Workshop on K-12 Engineering Education on June 25. Couldn't make it? Share some of the teachers' takeaways with downloads from presentations and our slideshow of the hands-on fun.


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K-12 News:  Girls Top Google Science Fair  


winners Teachers struggling to get girls jazzed about STEM take heart. Of some 10,000 students who competed in Google's inaugural global science fair, the three grand champions were American females. The trio won scholarships and internships - suggesting that such contests could help propel more young women into STEM majors and careers. 


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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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