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March 2013

Full Court Engineering 

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Beware the idylls of March Madness. The month comes in like a lion, then roars into spring along with millions of college hoops fans as the annual NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament tips off. Your aspiring biomechanical and sports engineers will have fun trying to sink free throws in this month's activity, which marks the Big Dance's 75th anniversary. Follow their bouncing balls! 


Activity: Robot Basketball


basketball robot Teams of students in grades 5 to 12 learn about accuracy and precision by designing and building a robotic basketball player that can nail three free-throw shots in a row.


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Build a Robot Arm (Grades 3-12)

Do-It-Yourself BristleBot (Grades 6-12)

Free Shot Physics (Grades 6-8)  

Tennis, Anyone?  (Grades 3 - 12) 


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


Feature: Engineer Hoopsters


basketball NASA astronaut shooting hoops STEM majors must spend long hours doing labs, but that doesn't mean they must abandon their hoop dreams. In fact, engineering students - including many on MIT's men's basketball team, the Engineers - have long distinguished themselves on the court. 


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The Secret to Swish    

Run Run Michael 

Olympic Engineering     


Spotlight: National Robotics Week

National Robotics Wekk 2013 From regional FIRST Robotics competitions to a day of special events at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., the country will mark National Robotics Week April 6 - 14 with a host of engaging, hands-on activities.


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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 Intel Science Talent Search finalists with President Obama Biofuels and computer algorithms that help robots avoid obstacles were among the research projects that netted 10 high school seniors top honors in the 2013 Intel Science Talent Search. Finalists were honored at a White House ceremony March 12.




Engineering contests. -- Updated monthly, a new site offers K-12 and college students a one-stop shop for upcoming engineering competitions and scholarships. Learn more.


Raytheon "Build It Better" Contest. -- Do you use something in school that doesn't work as well as it should? Improve on the design and win cash for your classroom. Learn more


New interactive exhibit. -- Corrosion damages pipes, bridges, skyscrapers, and hulls. Learn more about this "silent menace" at the Science Center in Orlando, Fla. 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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