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January 2012

Super Bowl Engineering 

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When Super Bowl LXVII kicks off February 3 in New Orleans, most fans will focus on the field. But cheers also are due the teams of engineers who designed the Superdome (photo above) and developed safer helmets to protect players from concussions. A few even played football! This month's activity should score a touchdown with your aspiring linebackers. The goal: Have fun!



Activity: Design a Super Dome


dome Student teams in grades 3 -12 learn about construction and engineering design by building a domed structure out of everyday materials, then testing to see if it is strong enough to support a weight.


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Punting and Projectile Motion (Grades 5-8)

Torque in Daily Life (Grades 5-8)

Safety Gear & Helmets (Grades 6-8)

Egg Drop (Grades 5-12) 


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


Feature: Meet Leland Melvin


melvin Many kids dream about flying into space one day, and countless others hope to be drafted onto a pro sports team. Astronaut Leland Melvin has accomplished both. Before earning a master's degree in materials science and engineering from the University of Virginia, he was chosen as an 11th round draft pick for the Detroit Lions.


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The Science of NFL Football  

Artificial Cloud to Hover over World Cup Stadium   

Engineers in the End Zone  

Engineers Help Detect Football Injuries 


Spotlight: Draft Science Standards Released 

pourThe second - and final - draft of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) was released January 8 for a three-week review period. Developed from the National Research Council's Framework for K-12 Science Education, these cross-disciplinary new standards integrate engineering and design into the traditional core science subjects. The aim: Have students learn STEM by doing it. 


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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 




National Youth Science Camp. -- Graduating high school seniors selected from each state have the opportunity to work on projects with professionals and enjoy outdoor adventures with peers in this prestigious West Virginia residential summer program, travel and fees paid. Learn more.


ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Math & Science Scholarships. -- April 2 is the deadline for African American and Hispanic urban high school seniors to apply for this $5,000 award. 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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