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October 2013

Engineering Unbound


Roughly 15 percent of the world's population has a serious physical impairment. But adaptive technologies -- from artificial retinas to prosthetic limbs for athletes to cochlear implants that restore hearing -- let many people live independently and pursue their dreams. Your engineers will break new barriers in this activity to mark National Disability Employment Awareness Month. No limits! 

Activity: A Different Lens


dolls with disability In this activity, middle school students gain an understanding of physical limitations and the biomedical engineering design process by performing a variety of tasks without using their thumbs, eyes, or legs. Then they work in teams to create or improve an adaptive device.  


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Build a Prosthetic Device (Grades 4-8) 

Build a Robotic Arm (Grades 3-12)  

Design Inspired by Nature (Grades 3 - 6) 


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


Feature: Bionic Athlete Claire Lomas


Claire Lomas Attention Iron Man fans. Powered suits of armor like the one designed by fictional engineer Tony Stark may soon save or improve the lives of real people. English athlete Claire Lomas (photo) made medical history as the first paraplegic to use an exoskeleton to get around home and town.   


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Engineers Who Developed Cochlear Implant Win Prize  

Student Invents a Walking Chair       

Berkeley Engineers Help Student Walk



Spotlight: Assistive Design Contest


The AbilityOne Design Challenge is a competition for high school and college students to develop assistive technologies that help people with disabilities do their jobs more easily. Top designs can win up to $10,000 for schools and teams. Register before November 29. 



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Girls STEM Network.  --  A group of all-girls' schools have launched a social media network to connect students with alumnae who can serve as mentors and role models. Learn more.


2013 National Disability Employment Awareness Month. -- Celebrate the contributions of U.S. workers with disabilities by saluting these engineering educators and researchers. Learn more.  


2014 ExploraVision Contest. -- Sponsored by NSTA and Toshiba, this year's STEM contest for K-12 students is tied to the Next Generation Science Standards. Learn more.   


Top of the STEM World? --  A new international comparison finds that students in a majority of U.S. states have stronger-than-average science and math skills. 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.  


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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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