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September 6, 2011 

Learning From Tragedy  

september eleventh tribute   

"Out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope." No Twin Towers soared over Manhattan when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. uttered those uplifting words. Yet his "Dream" speech seems apt for their scary demise--and the gems teachers chipped from that trauma. Engineering has improved buildings and security in the decade since 9/11. Your civil engineers will discover concrete's hidden strengths in this week's anniversary lesson. See what their beams can hold!

Lesson: Concrete For Kids


concrete In this lesson from Virginia Tech that was presented at ASEE's annual K-12 Workshop in June, students in grades K -12 will learn about engineering and concrete as an engineered material as well as the forces engineers must take into account when designing buildings.Teams will mix and pour concrete into molds to make beams, then test how much weight each can hold before breaking.


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Feature: Ground Zero Rises Again


ground zero construction Construction has begun on a new One World Trade Center. A memorial museum is planned. Ten years after America's deadliest terrorist attack, engineers are rebuilding Ground Zero with sturdy new skyscrapers and developing a host of security innovations. Learn how engineering is helping America recover and remember.


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K-12 News:  Few 9/11 Teachable Moments 

9/11 Drawing The impact on America is visible everywhere, from airport security to the war in Afghanistan. But 10 years after terrorists crashed planes into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the 9/11attacks have had little effect on U.S. schools or instruction. In fact, fewer than half the states explicitly identify the 9/11 attacks in their high school standards for social studies, according to a forthcoming study.


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


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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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