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December 13, 2011 

Animal Innovations    


What does engineering have to do with a giant river turtle? Plenty. Engineers are hard at work devising ways to protect wildlife and preserve natural habitats. Conservation engineers, for example, revitalize rivers, heal shorelines, and create sustainable recreation areas. As for house pets, check out these engineer-designed doghouses. This week's activity will unleash your animal lovers' ingenuity. Can the soda!


Lesson: Harmless Holder 


harmless holderIn this activity, teams of kids in grades 4-7 follow the engineering design process to invent a holder for six cans that's animal-safe, sturdy, convenient, and easy to carry. They learn why discarded plastic rings can be a problem for wildlife and brainstorm animal-friendly ways to package six cans. They then build, test, and redesign their system and discuss what happened.


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Feature: Bioaccoustics Save Marine Mammals 


whaleIt is theorized that the loud sounds of sonar can damage marine mammals' sensitive hearing system and cause them to surface too quickly or suffer a form of decompression sickness. However, this theory is often contested. Thus, the Office of Naval Research has awarded two three-year grants to advance research on the effects of man-made noises on marine life.





K-12 News: Teens Don't Know Engineering

teen in classroomWant to boost the nation's supply of engineers? A new survey of 1,000 U.S. teenagers conducted by the Intel Corporation found that two-thirds wouldn't consider a career in engineering but may point to a relatively simple solution: expose more middle and high school students to the profession.   


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Coming in June: K-12 Teachers' Workshop  

k12workshopSaturday, June 9, 2012 in San Antonio, Texas. This day-long program for teachers and engineering educators offers a fast-paced and exciting overview of engineering education resources for the classroom. You'll discover valuable best practices, new contacts for collaboration, and the latest take-away tools for effective teaching about engineering education. Count on a full, fun and motivating day!


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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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