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March 2014

Pick Up the Pace    


Time is money, and companies spend lots of both to improve productivity. Industrial engineers are the go-to experts. They study how people and processes work, then develop ways to make jobs easier, safer, and more efficient. See if your aspiring IEs beat the clock in this Women's History Month activity, which honors time-motion pioneer Lillian Gilbreth. It's OK to eat the profits!  

Activity: Cookie Assembly Challenge



Students in grades 6 to 8 explore industrial engineering and assembly-line efficiency by seeing how many cookies they can decorate and package with other snacks in 2 minutes. They then adjust methods to improve the process.  


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The Total Package  (Grades 6-12) 

Just a Minute! (Grades 1-5)

Solving Real-World Challenges with Engineering  (Grades 6-12)  



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


Feature: A Woman Who Made Work Easier



Lillian Gilbreth She pioneered the field of time-motion studies and was the first woman elected to the National Academy of Engineering. Yet industrial engineer Lillian Moller Gilbreth remains best known as the domestic engineer who presided over her family in the beloved children's classic written by two of her 12 children: Cheaper By The Dozen.


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Women in Engineering Milestones

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How Crayons Are Made     

Meet Industrial Engineer Pamela McCauley Bush    




Spotlight: USA Science & Engineering Festival

USA science & engineering festival 2014 Celebrate STEM - from Xtreme sports engineering to space exploration - at the USA Science & Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C. The nation's largest STEM education expo starts April 26 and features two days of free, hands-on activities and lectures by such luminaries as Mike Rowe of TV's Dirty Jobs.  


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March Madness STEM activities.  -- Capture the excitement of the annual NCAA college hoops contest to reinforce physical science and math concepts. Learn more.


Camp SOAR. -- Texas A&M's campus hosts a five-day camp for rising high school juniors and seniors with an interest in aerospace engineering. Learn more.   


Put the 'E' in STEM. -- Learn how to incorporate engineering into classroom lessons and at home in ASEE's day-long workshop for educators and parents on April 26. Learn more.  


UNITE Summer Program. -- Ten colleges have teamed up with the Technology Students Association and U.S. Army to offer summer STEM programs for rising 10th graders. Learn more


Mark your 2014 calendars for Saturday, June 14, when ASEE's 11th Annual Engineering in K-12 Classrooms Workshop kicks off at the Indianapolis Convention Center in Indiana. Teachers, administrators, Race to the Top recipients, 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 Stephanie Harrington-Hurd at


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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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