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November 2012

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Traveling this Thanksgiving? Join the crowd! Some 35 percent of all Americans plan to hit the road or fly this holiday - and engineering will help ease their way. Whether whisking through toll booths with an E-ZPass or retrieving suitcases from a souped-up baggage claim, travellers can thank engineers for making their journey swifter and safer. Your pilgrims will dig into this month's design challenge. Convey away!   


Activity: Conveyor Engineering


sushi In this activity, teams of students in grades 3 to 12 explore how engineers work to solve such societal problems as moving goods, materials, and people by designing a conveyor system out of everyday materials that can transport pieces of candy 4 feet, including a 90-degree turn.


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Better Traffic Flow (Grades 9-12)

Hovercraft Racers (Grades 7-9)

Construct a Road Sign Support (Grades 6-12)


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


Feature: Futuristic Fliers


futuristic fliers The future of air travel looks very bright - and comfortable - to Airbus. Designed for the 49th biennial Paris Air Show, the concept cabin of 2050 features a transparent roof that gives passengers a panoramic view of the skies. Much of it may be 3-D printed. 


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Garrett Morgan: Traffic Signal Inventor

Student Invents Cyclists' Safety Device 


Spotlight: Get Your Game On 

get your game onDo your students enjoy gaming? Harness their interest - and boost their STEM learning - with the Got Game design contest sponsored by STEMFuse, a STEM education site with courses created by teachers, for teachers. This twice-a-year competition is open to middle and high school students, competing in two divisions.


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STEM Teachers: Join Us in Atlanta 

artificial habitatMark your 2013 calendars for Saturday, June 22, when ASEE's 10th Annual K-12 Workshop kicks off at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia. K-12 teachers, administrators and engineering educators from across the nation will find engaging hands-on lessons and interactive activities to share with students, takeaway materials for the classroom, and networking opportunities. Certificates of completion at the end may entitle teachers to CPE credits. For details, contact Libby Martin at   


2013 Call for Proposals


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 - Phoenix

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


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Native America History Month. -- Native American engineers and scientists have made notable contributions to education, exploration, and research. In recognition of American Indian Heritage Month, ASEE honors these home-grown high achievers. Learn more.


EngineerGirl! Essay Contest. -- Engineering in modern medicine is the topic of this National Academies and National Academy of Engineering competition for students 8 -18. Learn more. 


Curious George, Engineer. -- Let the world's most beloved monkey help your youngsters explore engineering and science with this new family STEM activity booklet. Learn more.


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If I Were an EngineerIt's never too early to learn about engineering. Along with our 5th Edition magazine and classroom cards, Engineering, Go For It offers an engaging children's book in its collection of learning materials.


"If I Were an Engineer," from the American Society for Engineering Education, is a fun, 40-page rhyming book that introduces engineering to kids 5 to 8 years old. It includes a parent page that explains the various engineering disciplines.  


Price: $7.95


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About the eGFI Teachers' Newsletter


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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