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February 2012

Sons and Daughters of Invention 

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From potato chips to blood banks to America's first traffic signal, inventions by African Americans stand as important milestones of our nation's progress. The spirit of innovation lives on among members of Purdue University's National Society of Black Engineers chapter, shown here perfecting their entry in a Rube Goldberg competition. This month's activity, which honors pacemaker inventor Otis Boykin, will set your aspiring bioengineers' and physicians' hearts soaring. Happy Valentine's Day!   


Activity: No Valve in Vain


heart Student teams in grades 6 -8 learn about engineering design and how a one-way valve operates by creating a heart valve from plastic tubing and other materials.  


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Build a Prosthetic Limb (Grades 4-8)

Build a Model Lung (Grades 6-8)

Robot Hand, Please Tie My Shoe (Grades 1-12)  

The Beat Goes On (Grades 3 - 5) 


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


Feature: Flying Solo


irving In 2007, Barrington Irving became the first African American to fly solo around the world -- and also, at 23, reportedly the youngest. The former aerospace engineering student plans to take to the skies again aboard a "flying classroom" to teach kids STEM.


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African-American Innovators   

Meet Ursula Burns, From Poverty to CEO   

Garrett Morgan, Traffic Signal Inventor    


Spotlight: National Engineers Week

engineers week This year's theme -- Celebrate Awesome -- salutes the amazing things engineers, engineering students, and technicians do everyday to make the world a better place. You can celebrate by participating in a local event, do a hands-on activity with your students, or introduce a girl to engineering Feb. 21.


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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   



Nominate a Great STEM Teacher. -- Submit candidates for the 2013 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching by April 1. Learn more.


The Science of Innovation. -- A new NBCLearn - National Science Foundation video series highlights how scientists and engineers turn ideas into inventions like 3-D printers. Learn more


NASA Essay Contest -- Feb. 28 is the deadline for students in grades 5 to 12 to explain why the next big mission should go to either Saturn's moon - or to Jupiter's. 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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