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August 2, 2011 

Batter Up! 

Adam Jones with a Broken Bat

Forget peanuts and Cracker Jacks. It's science that makes the old ball game swing. How do batters knock 'em out of the park? That big stick is a simple lever. Sizzling pitch? The transfer of momentum from body to ball during windup involves a biomechanical principle called sequential summation of movement. This week' s design activity will rally your boys and girls of summer. Any slump will be going, going, gone!


See teacher takeaways from the 2011 ASEE Workshop on K-12 Engineering Education.

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Lesson: Pop Fly 


baseball lessonIn this lesson, students in grades 3-12 will explore the engineering design process by building a device that can launch a ping-pong ball high enough for them to catch it. Students will understand how levers convert a small motion into a large motion, and how engineers consider resource constraints and the laws of physics when developing and improving their designs.


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Feature: Smart Shirts Protect Pitchers' Arms


baseball shirt When pitchers begin throwing inconsistently due to fatigue or poor technique, they are susceptible to injuries that can ruin their careers. Three engineering students at Northeastern University in Boston created a "data-logging compression shirt" that can track pitching mechanics during a game in real time. Sensors on the forearm, biceps, and back can immediately alert coaches in the dugout to risk of injury. The MLB has expressed interest. 


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K-12 News:  New STEM Standards Elevate 'E'   


illustration Engineering rarely rates more than a passing nod in most K-12 science programs. A new report from the National Research Council could change that. It's sweeping recommendations for "next generation" science standards put engineering on a par with physics and other disciplines as key to meeting society's urgent problems and helping citizens make informed daily decisions. 


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To follow the Elementary and Secondary Education Act's overhaul, visit  ESEA Watch.


design squad Join PBS's Design Squad Nation and ASEE's Engineering Go For It for a free webinar entitled "Inspiring the Next Generation of Engineers," on August 25 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. EDT. Learn about free hands-on activities, videos, and other online resources that will help enliven your classes and spark a love of engineering in kids ages nine and up.  


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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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