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December 2012

Cold Zone Engineering                


Brrr. As winter approaches, it's easy to forget that parts of the planet rarely rise above the freezing mark. These icy outposts often hold vast deposits of oil, gas, and minerals. They also present challenges for cold-region engineers, such as the effect of low temperatures on construction materials or how to keep pipelines flowing. Your designers will warm up to cryogenics with this month's activity. See if any need mittens!   
Activity: Keep-a-Cube


ice box Refrigeration is considered one of engineering's greatest 20th-century achievements. In this activity, student teams in grades K - 6 explore the design process by engineering a way to keep an ice cube from melting for 30 minutes.


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Design a Winter Rooftop (Grades K-5)

Grow a Crystal Snowflake (Grades 5-8)

Winter Insulation (Grades 3-8)


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


Feature: Extreme Ice 


glacierBreathtakingly vast, Greenland's ancient ice sheet is as fragile as it is formidable. Huge chunks splinter from its glaciers with a thunderous roar, and this summer NASA scientists were surprised to see the sheet's entire 660,235 square-mile surface briefly turn slushy. Sculpted by wind and meltwater, Earth's shrinking glaciers also are works of art to scientists that document their decline.  


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Engineering the Winter Olympics

Sustainable Slopes   

The Cryosphere: All About Snow & Ice 


Spotlight: Innovative App Challenge 2013 

smart phonesThere's a smartphone app for just about everything these days. What's left to invent? Plenty. And U.S. middle and high school students could win $10,000 for their school by dreaming up the most compelling concept in the Verizon Innovative App Challenge. Submission deadline: Jan. 18.


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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  


K-12 teachers are also encouraged to submit proposals for this workshop.    


2013 Call for Proposals 




Summer STEM Opportunities for Teachers. -- Siemens is sponsoring an all-expenses-paid STEM professional development institute for middle and high school teachers and two research fellowships. Learn more.


Women in STEM Online Radio Series. -- Inspire your students with profiles of historic female mathematicians, working scientists, and women engineers with disabilities. 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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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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