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October 2012

Spooky Science               

pumpkin wrinkles  

What do Jack-O-Lanterns have to do with engineering? Plenty, if you're among the scores who participate in the pumpkin drops and chuckin' contests that many engineering schools host this time of year. Engineers also work on more efficient ways to extract pumpkin seeds and stave off decay. Your goblins will get a treat out of tricking gravity in this month's activity. Happy Halloween!  


Lesson: Target Practice - Pumpkin Launcher


pumkin launcher In this activity, students in grades 1 to 6 follow the engineering design process to build and test a catapult that launches marshmallow "pumpkins." They then make changes to improve their launcher's aim and get it to hurl the projectile further.


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Build a Simple Catapult (Grades 4-8)

Egg Drop (Grades 5-12)

Pop Fly! (Grades 3-12)


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


Feature: When Engineers Do Halloween


pirate What happens when you cross an engineer with Halloween? Incredibly awesome things, like designing a costume using two iPads to create the illusion of a gaping hole in one's torso.


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Monster Mash Pumpkin Smash

Minute Physics 



Spotlight: Material Marvels Videos 

Ainissa RamirezAinissa Ramirez, associate professor of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science at Yale, explains the wonders of her ever-expanding field in a series of YouTube videos. In the latest, she describes how a layer of carbon that is one atom thick, called graphene, will revolutionize our lives.


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Check out "Miracle Material" in Prism Magazine  



Special: Engineering Days at NSTA 

ASEE logo ASEE has put together a public/private partnership to develop ways of engaging students and teachers in engineering. Participants will learn about innovative, hands-on, project-based engineering activities, courses, curriculum options, events, outreach programs, professional development, and competitions.


Engineering Day at NSTA - Atlanta

Friday, Nov. 2, 2012 - 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Engineering Day at NSTA - Phoenix

Friday, Dec. 7, 2012 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


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National LGBT History Month. -- Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans have made notable contributions to engineering, science, education, and innovation. In honor of National LGBT History Month, ASEE presents a diverse group of outstanding achievers.  Learn more.


Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program-- The Office of Naval Research offers paid summer apprenticeships in its labs for high school students. Apppy now. Learn more. 


3-D Printing Challenge-- This design contest offers middle, high school, and college students a chance to win a Stratasys 3D Printer. Learn more.


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cover 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.


Price: $6.95  


And check out If I Were an Engineer, a fun book for kids ages 5 to 8 ($7.95).


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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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