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November 2013

Feast Your Eyes 


As Americans gather to celebrate Thanksgiving, few may appreciate the engineering that put turkey and all the trimmings on the table. Agricultural technology boosts harvests. Flash freezing, refrigerated trucks, and new processing methods ensure safety and freshness. Overindulge? As your pill-grims will discover in this month's activity, engineers even help develop remedies. Enjoy!  

Activity: Digest This!


pill Students in grades 6-8 reinforce their knowledge of the digestive system and explore the concepts of simulation and the engineering design process by developing a pill coating that can withstand the churning and acidic environment of the stomach. Teams test the coating's durability using a clear soda to simulate gastric acid.


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Keep A Cube (Grades K-6) 

Guilt Free Chocolate (Grades 10-12)

Ethanol Fermentation  (Grades 9-12)  

Package the Pringle (Grades K - 12) 


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


Feature: Food Safety Engineering


E. coli and other food-borne illnesses kill thousands annually and sicken more than 1 in 6 Americans each year. Now, researchers in the emerging field of food-safety engineering are trying to protect what we eat, from farm to table.

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Packaged for the Classroom   

3-D Chocolate Printer      

Color Me Spoiled    

Diner's Delight: Cooking Robot   

Flavor-Shifting Ice Cream          


Spotlight: Calling All Sci-Fi Fans


Are your middle or high school students fascinated by time travel, cyborgs, and other sci-fi staples? The Kavli Foundation offers a chance to create short videos explaining how current or developing technologies could turn science fiction concepts into reality. Entry period runs from Nov. 1, 2013 to March 21, 2014.  



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Science Essay Competition.  -- The prestigious Dupont contest awards more than $100,000 to students in grades 7 - 12 and their sponsoring teachers. Submit by Jan. 31, 2014. Learn more.


App Contest. -- Middle and high school student teams can win up to $15,000 in Verizon's Innovative App Challenge. Deadline for submissions is December 17, 2013. Learn more.  


Computer Science Education Week. -- Celebrate computing pioneer Adm. Grace Hopper's birthday Dec. 9 - 15 with an Hour of Code and other activities. 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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