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
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.
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
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
The 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.
|Coming in June: K-12 Teachers' Workshop |
Saturday, 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.
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.
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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