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September 13, 2011 

To Infinity and Beyond   

space walk


The Space Shuttle flew its last mission. The Space Station will be retired within a decade. But engineers keep exploring the final frontier for black holes, cool stars, even water on Mars. From aerogels to satellites, the fruits of NASA's engineering ingenuity abound. This week's activity should fuel your rocket scientists' imagination. No need for space suits to blast off!

  • Miss our webinar with PBS's Design Squad Nation? Watch a replay and learn about the host of free STEM activities and other resources available online.
  • Download our Teacher Guide for more ideas! 
Lesson: Balloon Aeronautics


balloons In this lesson, teams of students in grades 4 - 8 learn about basic aerodynamics by constructing a rocket from a balloon propelled along a guide-string. They use this model to learn about Newton's three laws of motion, examining the effect of different forces on the motion of the rocket.


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Resource: Classroom on the Moon 


Feature: Fasten Your Seat Belts 


space tourism Want to indulge your inner Buzz Lightyear? You may soon have that chance. Space tourism, once an idea confined to science fiction, is fast becoming a reality. Teams of engineers at several companies are furiously developing spacecraft to send tourists on suborbital flights into space.


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Kids Tackle Unlimited Space  

Meet NASA's 'Giant in Science'    

K-12 News: Teachers Key in STEM Choice  

DNA What prompts today's undergraduates to pursue STEM majors rather than business, law, the arts, or other fields of study? Job prospects? Passion? How about you and what they learn in your classroom? According to a new study, college students decide to concentrate in science, technology, engineering, and math in high school or before; more than half cite "a teacher or class" as their top reason.


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Commerce Secretary, NAE Head Talk STEM    


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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