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April 2014

Breezing Up!      

Wind turbine    

The view from the National Wind Technology Center (photo, above) shows the breathtaking potential of generating power from thin air. It also reveals challenges, such as how to maintain turbines perched atop 200-foot towers. This month's activity will propel your aspiring mechanical, civil, and environmental engineers to design alternative energy systems. Happy Earth Day!     

Activity: Wind Power for Your Home


wind farm at sunset  

Students in grades 9 to 11 learn how engineers harness the wind's energy by following the engineering design process to create and test two prototype wind turbines. They also weigh the advantages and disadvantages of wind power compared with other energy sources.   


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Wind Power  (Grades 9-12) 

Design a Tornado-Proof Building (Grades 3-5)   

Harnessing Wind (Grades 3-5) 



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


Feature: Student Inventor Manu Sharma  



manu sharma and wind turbine Browsing in an antique store on vacation, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University senior Manu Sharma chanced upon a display of spiraling front-porch adornments known as wind twisters. Inspired, he thought: Why not make a wind turbine shaped like this?


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Novel Wind Turbines

Earth Day, Every Day   

Ultimate Green Building 




Spotlight: Green Cities

sustainable green globe Share a ride. Plant a tree. There are lots of ways to have a positive impact on the planet. This year's Earth Day theme is Green Cities. Since buildings are responsible for a third of the world's greenhouse gas emissions, reducing the carbon footprint of schools, homes, and offices can pay huge dividends.  



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USA Science & Engineering Festival. -- From extreme-sports engineering to space exploration, catch the excitement at the nation's largest STEM education expo April 26 -27. Learn more.


STEMtheGAP Teacher Challenge. -- Dow wants to close America's STEM achievement gap and will pay 100 K-12 teachers up to $1,000 for their best ideas. Learn more.     


Google Science Fair 2014. -- The grand prize in this online contest for students 13 to 18 includes a trip to the Galapagos and a $50,000 scholarship. Deadline is May 13. Learn more.    


Sustainability Education Resources. -- Make Earth Day part of your classroom activities and curriculum throughout the year with this eGFI compilation. 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.  


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