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August 16, 2011 

A Fix on Formulas

test tube and chemicals

Double, double, toil and trouble? Macbeth's witches can't compare with the wonders today's chemical engineers brew up. From penicillin to DNA sequencing to plastics, chemical engineering has created a host of vital products. Even Frank Capra, director of "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington," studied chemical engineering. Your aspiring wizards will cook up a storm in this week's activity. Potent potables, anyone?  


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

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Lesson: Chemical Wonders   


chemistry In this lesson, students in grades 3-5 are introduced to chemical engineering and learn about its many different applications. They are provided with a basic introduction to matter and its different properties and states. An associated hands-on activity gives students a chance to test their knowledge of the states of matter and how to make observations.


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Feature: Fuel from Algae     


algae farmerCynthia Warner used to be head of global refining for BP, which made her one of Big Oil's highest-ranking woman executives. Now, she is president of Sapphire Energy, an energy company that produces oil made from algae. Among the fastest-growing plants in the world, algae don't cut into the supply of food or require a lot of land. 


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K-12 News:  Tykes Reveal Math Talent   


going to school Prowess in math may be apparent in children as young as three, according to a new study by Johns Hopkins University researchers. Youngsters display a "number sense" even before learning to count. The findings may help point the way to boosting math ability.  


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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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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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