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April 2012

Handle with Care           


The environment was barely a blip on the national political agenda in 1970, when 20 million Americans turned out for the first Earth Day. On April 22, a billion people are expected to mark the anniversary by reusing water bottles and other "acts of green." Engineers are at the forefront, designing renewable energy systems--and even reinventing the toilet. This month's challenge will teach your environmental engineers to balance nature and human needs. Watch your waste!


You can find more Earth Day resources here. April also marks the 2nd annual USA Science and Engineering Festival.  


Lesson: Working Together to Live Together 


communityIn this lesson, students in grades 8 to 10 experience civil and environmental engineering by planning a housing development while also protecting the native species that live there. They conduct research, draw plans, make brochures, and give presentations, with each four-member team having a project manager, civil engineer, environmental engineer, and graphic designer.


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Pollution in Our Watershed (Grades 2-8)



Harmless Holder (Grades 4-7)

Design a Green Rooftop Garden (Grades 6 -9)



Earth Day 2011 Lessons & Projects


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


Feature: Survival of the Cleverest 


Mamu Sharma Browsing in an antique store on vacation two years ago, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University senior Manu Sharma chanced upon a display of spiraling front-porch adornments known as wind twisters. Inspired, he thought: Why not make a wind turbine shaped like this?


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Toilet Challenge      

Pioneer of Green Learning       




Spotlight: USA Science & Engineering Festival

USA Science & Engineering Festival logo America's stars of science and engineering will descend on Washington, D.C., April 28 -29 for the USA Science & Engineering Festival. Billed as the country's largest celebration of science, this year's fair features more than 3,000 hands-on activities, a book fair, and celebrities like Bill Nye, PBS's "science guy." Cities around the country are hosting affiliate festivals and events.  


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Coming in June: K-12 Teachers' Workshop  

workshopSat., 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. Early registration is now open until June 1. Count on a full, fun and motivating day!


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Green Building Video Tour -- Channel One, an online news source for teens, explores the California Academy of Sciences museum and its signature planted roof. Learn more.


National Environmental Education Week (April 16-21) -- The environment as an inspiration for 21st century STEM learning is this year's theme for webinars and other resources.  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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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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