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October 18, 2011 

Nuclear-Powered Learning     

nuclear engineering

Since its post-war debut, atomic energy has been an attractive power source for our crowded planet. While never "too cheap to meter," some 20 percent of America's electricity now comes from nuclear plants that emit no greenhouse gases. Nuclear engineers design propulsion systems for subs and ships as well as civilian and research plants. This week's lesson will fuel your atom smashers' interest. No meltdowns here!


For Navy-related student research opportunities, check out the Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program (SEAP) and the Naval Research Enterprise Intern Program (NREIP).


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Lesson: Atomic Candy 


m&msIn this activity developed by the Science House at North Carolina State University, students in grades 5 - 11 will use M&Ms to learn about radioactivity, the rate at which an isotope decays, and the concept of half-life. They will count and record the number of decayed "atoms" and graph the results.


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Feature: Nuclear Energizes Teachers  


texas a&m workshop Despite the anxiety triggered by last spring's nuclear disaster in Japan, nuclear power is still a key part of this country's energy mix. Industry and universities are enlisting help from teachers in preparing the next generation of nuclear engineers and technicians.





K-12 News: School Curbs Potty Breaks

restroom sign Truancy and absences can erode student learning. But bathroom breaks? Borrowing a page from that saucy staple of high school musical comedy, "Urinetown," Evergreen Park High School in Illinois has instituted a new policy limiting students to three bathroom passes per semester in an effort to curb excessive trips that take away from valuable class time.   


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Special: ASEE Partners with NSTA

marshmallow challengeThe American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) has put together a public/private partnership to develop ways of engaging elementary, middle, and high school students in engineering. Participants will learn about innovative, hands-on, project-based engineering at three events during National Science Teachers Association regional conferences.


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egfi 5th edition What do the blockbuster "Avatar," high-performance sports gear, Angry Birds phone app, and pollution-eating bacteria have in common?  


They are among a host of cool innovations developed by engineers and featured in the new fifth edition of the American Society for Engineering Education's Engineering, Go For It magazine.  


The kid-friendly magazine is part of ASEE's campaign to inspire more K-12 students, particularly young women and underrepresented minorities, to pursue engineering majors and careers.


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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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