Next time you're shopping, stop and consider how far foods must travel to get to your cart--and the packages that protect products from damage or germs. Early humans had to eat where they found food. Today, thanks to packaging engineering, even imported cookies don't crumble. This month's delicious activity will turn your designers into happy campers. Get packing!
March is Women's History Month. Here are some inspiring female engineering trailblazers and milestones to celebrate.
|Lesson: Snack Attack
In this activity, teams of middle school students explore the engineering design process and materials used to package food by designing and testing a package for a snack.
Packaged for the Classroom (Grades 6-8)
Package the Pringle (Grades 6-9)
The Total Package (Grades 6 -12)
Grades K-5 | Grades 6-8 | Grades 9-12
Feature: Food Safety Engineering
E. coli and other food-borne illnesses kill thousands annually. Now, researchers in the emerging field of food-safety engineering are trying to protect what we eat, from farm to table. "Smart" packages that can detect pathogens, not just keep food fresh, is just one of the innovations food-safety engineers hope to develop.
Related Feature: Color Me Spoiled
|Spotlight: Potato Chip Challenge
The Potato Chip Challenge from Wondergy is a nationwide K-12 engineering challenge that has students designing a package to protect a potato chip being sent through the mail. In order to win, the crunchy snack food must arrive at its destination intact and undamaged.
Correction: Last month, we ran a Spotlight on the
James Dyson Foundation's Engineering Box materials. The description did not specify that the materials are only available to classrooms in the Chicago area. Sorry for the inconvenience! --eGFI Team
|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. Pre-Registration opens March 15 and closes May 25. Count on a full, fun and motivating day! See last year's program and highlights.
March Madness -- There's more to basketball than the annual NCAA competition, such as lessons on the physics of swoosh and an engineer who's got game. Learn more.
Vernal Equinox -- Celebrate winter's end with a lesson on measuring the Earth's circumference. 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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