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August 30, 2011 

Put the 'E' in your STEM Classes 

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Engineers are creative problem solvers who make our world a better place. Clean drinking water, smartphone apps, even sunscreen are evidence of engineering's power to improve lives. America needs more engineers to secure its future, and eGFI is here to help teachers ignite students' interest. Whether new to our site or a frequent visitor, you'll find plenty in this week's eGFI resource guide to help your students explore engineering this school year.

Lesson: Hands-on Hits of 2011


activities You don't have to be an engineer to introduce engineering concepts into your classroom. The eGFI site includes scores of inexpensive hands-on lessons - searchable by grade level or subject - that cover the various engineering disciplines. To kick off the school year and acquaint you with eGFI, we've assembled a dozen of 2011's most popular lessons and activities guaranteed to engage your students. Have fun! 


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Feature: A Teacher's Top eGFI Tips


Stephanie Greer Want to incorporate engineering into your STEM curriculum but don't know where to start? Stephanie Greer, a technology integration specialist in an inner-city Philadelphia school serving 1st - 12th graders, faced that exact challenge last year. She shares her top tips for making the most of eGFI, which she calls her "go-to site" for inspired engineering lessons, activities, and more! 


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K-12 News:  A Push to Train STEM Teachers    

student Attention, STEM majors. The nation needs more middle and high school science teachers -- and there are several new initiatives to encourage you to sign up for training. Indiana's Valparaiso University, for instance, just received a $500,000 federal grant to train science undergraduates as educators. The program will include paid summer internships and student-teaching stints.


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


buy one get one2 We're running a special back-to-school offer on eGFI magazines during the month of August! For every magazine you purchase, you get one free. So, if you buy two magazines, you get two free. If you buy 200, you get 200 free.

Here's how: When you make a magazine purchase in our online store, the form asks how you heard of us. Simple type "Back-to-School" in the "Other" box. We'll know to double your magazine purchase at no extra cost to you--even for shipping.


This offer is only valid with purchases of magazines (fourth edition) and doesn't include our classroom kits and introductory classroom kits. The offer ends August 31.


Learn more about our exciting new fifth edition of eGFI coming out this fall!


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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