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June 2013

Revolution in Engineering

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When engineer George Ferris unveiled plans for a giant steel wheel to showcase American innovation at the1893 Chicago World's Fair, critics called him crazy. But his 264-foot-tall creation, which debuted 120 years ago on June 21, proved a huge hit. It drew some 38,000 riders daily and inspired today's towering mega-wheels like the London Eye, above. This month's activity will set your designers' minds in motion. Happy birthday, Ferris wheel! 


Activity: Build a Big Wheel


Ferris wheel gondolas In this activity, teams of students in grades K-12 learn about the history and engineering behind big Ferris wheels by constructing a working model using pasta, glue, and teabags.


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Build a Roller Coaster (Grades 3-6)

Float a Hot Air Balloon (Grades 6-8)

Learn About Torque (Grades 6-8)  

Balloon-Powered Car  (Grades 4 - 8) 


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


Feature: Engineering Summer Fun


Intimidator 305 School's out and it's time to hit the amusement parks. Luckily, when it comes to dreaming up the wackiest, scariest rides and slides, engineers have got you covered. The Intimidator 305, the mega-coaster in the photo from King's Dominion in Doswell, Va., reaches speeds of 90 mph. Design tweaks fixed early G-force issues that had caused some riders to black out.  


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Roller Coaster Physics  

Build it Bigger: Rollercoaster [video]     

Bicycling in the Sky  

Ideas at Play     

Engineering is: Defying Gravity  


Spotlight: Teachers TryScience

teachers tryscience logo Teachers TryScience, a website hosted by the New York Hall of Science for K-12 STEM educators, has free, engaging lessons, teaching strategies, collaboration tools, and other resources designed to spark student interest in STEM. Accessible in English and Spanish. 


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STEM Teachers: Join Us in Atlanta June 22! 

ASEE K12 workshop 2012 Teaching literacy and math through design, 3-D visualizations, and a CSI workshop for teachers are among the engaging, hands-on engineering activities on the program when ASEE's 10th Annual K-12 Workshop kicks off Saturday, June 22 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. Join K-12 teachers, administrators, and engineering educators from across the nation for a full day of interactive projects 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   

girls doing engineering in class Rhode Island and Kentucky are the first to approve the Next Generation Science Standards. Both are among the 26 states that helped develop the new standards, which include engineering design and emphasize problem solving and cross-cutting concepts. Meanwhile, a new study examines how well states have aligned graduation requirements with Common Core state mathematics standards.


Announcements Summer Learning. Beat the summer slide with videos, games, and other U.S. government educational resources. Live @kidsgov Twitter chat June 20 at 1 pm. Learn more.


Women in Geoscience Scholarship. -- The AWG Minority Scholarship provides up to $6,000 for women interested in pursuing hydrology other geoscience field. Deadline June 30. Learn more


Free Intro to Engineering Workshop. -- Widener University hosts a free, interactive workshop for high school teachers, guidance counselors, and administrators July 30-Aug. 1. Learn more.


Coles Family Engineering Scholarship. -- Created to honor engineer Leroy  Anthony Coles III, the scholarship awards up to $2,500 to students pursuing engineering. 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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