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August 2012

Not a Drop             


From parched fields to buckling pavement, drought has hammered the nation. It also poses new challenges for the agricultural, civil, environmental, hydro, and other engineers who design and build America's infrastructure. Bioengineered crops or smarter irrigation systems can't make it rain. But they may divert disaster if July's record heat becomes our "new normal." This month's activity will make a splash with your hydrologists. Waste not, want not.  


Lesson: Eyewitness to Evaporation


dust bowl In this week-long activity, student teams in grades 5 - 7 study the effects of evaporation by observing and measuring the ongoing evaporation of water in pans. They then assess what factors may affect evaporation, including the addition of soil and plants to the water.  


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Build a Solar Still (Grades 3-8)

Way to Flow (Grades 6-12)


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


Feature: Turning Air into Water


air to water In a world increasingly affected by climate change, unexpected droughts are a harsh reality for many farmers whose livelihoods depend on regular rainfall. That's why Edward Linacre, an industrial design graduate student from Swinburne University of Technology in Australia, decided to invent a device that can literally harvest water from thin air.


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A Human-Powered Drill for Clean Water

The Future of (Urban) Farming


Spotlight: Project CANDLE

project candleProject CANDLE is a partnership to Create an Alliance to Nurture Design in Lighting Education. It is a collaboration between Penn State University, the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) Education Trust, and lighting industry partners. Activities include travel awards that expose students to career opportunities in lighting; the mentorship of a future lighting educator through the IALD Future Lighting Educator Fellowship; an annual Lighting Industry Advisory Group (LIAG) Roundtable; and outreach to high school students.


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NASA webinars. -- This Thursday, Aug 16, NASA is hosting two webinars for educators--on living and working in space, and flying to Mars. Applications for an online master's-level course in climate research close Aug. 20. Learn more.


Maker Camp-- Thirty days, 30 awesome projects, six field trips. Welcome to Make magazine's free DIY camp for teens on Google+. Attend for a day or longer, through Aug. 24. Learn more.


We've Been Busy! -- This newsletter won the 2012 APEX Award for Excellence in the E-mail Newsletters category. And the fifth edition of eGFI magazine won three awards this year: The Association of Educational Publishers Award for Whole Publication Design; the Communicator Silver Award of Distinction for a Special Edition Magazine; and the APEX Grand Award for One-of-a-Kind Publications, Nonprofit. See what all the fuss is about. 


egfi 5th editionWhat 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. The award-winning new edition caught the eye of Wired magazine blogger GeekDad.


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