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February 2012

Engineers of 2020         

elementary STEM 

What's not to love about engineering? Kids like these fourth graders enjoy diving into design projects that can help humanity and have no right or wrong answers. The messier the better! Engineering also can help build core science, math, and literacy skills--which explains why schools and districts are partnering with universities to develop engineering curricula. Let your  budding civil engineers follow their hearts on Valentine's Day while using their heads. Hard hats optional. Mops a must.



Lesson: Tippy Tap Hand Washer 


hand washer diagram In this service-learning activity, teams of students in grades 10-12 learn the principles of fluid dynamics as well as how engineers help improve life by designing a prototype water-piping system to refill a homemade Tippy Tap hand-washing station like those used in the developing world.


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Dirty Water Project (Grades 3-5)



Solving Real Challenges with Engineering (Grades 5 -9)


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


Feature: A Deeper Partnership  

elementary students  

Forget science fairs and drop-bys. University engineering faculty now actively prepare K-12 teachers to deliver the 'E' in STEM through outreach programs that have evolved into professional-development partnerships with entire schools and districts.





Spotlight: Classroom Materials from Dyson

dysonThe James Dyson Foundation offers several educational resources online and through loans to teachers. Among them, the Engineering Box, designed to teach reverse engineering, can be borrowed for four weeks at a time for free.  


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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.    


Engineers Week 2012 -- Feb. 19-25 -- features great STEM events in this year's theme: the world's projected population of 7 billion. 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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