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November 29, 2011 

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clean water       

Got clean water? More than 1 billion people don't. Billions more lack adequate sanitation. Thanks to engineers, Americans can slake their thirst with an easy twist of the tap. Now, U.S. engineering students are improving water systems and life in developing nations as Engineers Without Borders. Your service learners will soak up this week's lesson. No sipping, please!   


Lesson: The Dirty Water Project


Civil, chemical, and environmental engineers work together to develop new or improve existing water treatment systems. In this activity, teams of students in grades 3-5 investigate different methods for removing pollutants from water, then design and build their own water filters from plastic bottles.


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Feature: Low Cost, High Impact   


In many poor, rural areas of the world, scourges like malaria, HIV/AIDS, and malnutrition are endemic. Blood tests for anemia are a quick way to diagnose them, but it can take days to get results back from hospitals many miles away. Last year, a multidisciplinary team of Rice University undergraduates devised a clever solution: It's a centrifuge fashioned from a common salad spinner.  





K-12 News: Building Blocks, Back to Basics

building blocksTalk about old school. Building blocks, those indestructible wooden mainstays of elementary classrooms since the 1900s, are finding new favor as a way to boost student learning, particularly in math and science. In New York City, parents are creating castles and toppling towers at oversubscribed building-block workshops. Some charter schools advertise block corners along with chess programs and science labs.   


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




Did you know that next week (Dec. 4-10) is Computer Science Education Week


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


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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