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November 15, 2011 

Tradition with Innovation   

reaching for the stars      

They mined precious metals, built cities, and used their knowledge of nature to navigate seas and grow crops that changed global diets. Were Native Americans, Hawaiians, and Alaskans the country's first engineers? Surfboards, potatoes, and igloos are just some of the fruits of tribal traditions. Your designers will delight in this week's activity celebrating Native American Heritage Month. It should float their boats! 


STEM Teachers: Learn more about the upcoming 2012 K-12 Workshop from ASEE. 


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


Download our Teachers' Guide for more ideas!


Lesson: Can-do Canoe


canoeIn this activity, teams of students in grades 3-12 explore the engineering design process by building model canoes from everyday materials and testing their design in a basin. The canoes must be able to float for three minutes and, for older students, support a load. Students then evaluate the effectiveness of their canoes and those of other teams, and present their findings to the class.


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Feature: Heritage and Hope  


tribal colleges No one could confuse Fort Berthold Community College with Cal Tech. Housed on the windswept Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation's territory in New Town, N.D., this isolated tribal school serves some of America's most disadvantaged students. Yet it is a hotbed - perhaps even a model - of innovation in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education.  





K-12 News: Early-College STEM Plan Begins 

paper plane Can project-based science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs lift student achievement and engagement? Massachusetts is betting on it. This fall, a suburban Boston district became the first of six school systems to launch an engineering-focused STEM early-college initiative.   


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Special: ASEE Partners with NSTA

marshmallow challenge winners The 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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