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January 2012

Energy from Motion        


With the new year, we're switching to a monthly schedule and including in each newsletter a variety of lessons for different age groups.  

Did you resolve to get fit in 2012? Join the crowd! Better yet, have your aspiring electrical engineers step up their game and design fun ways for kids to exercise. They'll be dancing with the stars, and burning 250 calories an hour!


Lesson: Dance Pad Mania 


In this lesson, pairs of students in grades 4 to 7 will learn about the engineering design process and electrical circuits by building a dance pad that sounds a buzzer or flashes a light when stepped on.


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Reverse Engineer a Camera (Grades 6-12)


Grades K-5  |  Grades 6-8  |  Grades 9-12


Feature: Tile Turns Steps to Power 


pavegenAnyone who's worked up a sweat running for the bus knows movement takes energy. Now, a young inventor in England has created a tile from recycled materials that captures the ambient kinetic energy of footsteps--or dance steps--and uses it to generate electricity. His invention is getting its first big workout at a new shopping mall near London, a few paces away from the Olympic stadium.





Spotlight: STEM Videos from MIT

blossoms video The Blended Learning Open Source Science or Math Studies (BLOSSOMS) initiative, a new project from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, creates videos with a STEM focus for use in high school classrooms. The program features a library with around 50 math and science lessons, available free for download or as streaming video, and also by request as DVDs and videotapes.


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Coming in June: K-12 Teachers' Workshop  

workshopSaturday, 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! See last year's program and highlights.




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National Youth Science Camp -- Three free weeks in West Virginia for two graduating high school seniors selected from each state. Students can check the website for contacts for each state. Learn more.   


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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About the eGFI Teachers' Newsletter


Delivered each month 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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