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May 2014

Now Hear This!      


You don't have to be a classical music buff to appreciate high-fidelity sound. Acoustics engineers like Amar Bose, whose innovative speakers transformed living rooms into concert halls, enhance everyone's listening experience - recorded or live. This month's activity marking Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month will get your sound engineers' toes tapping. Rock on!     

Activity: Simple Musical Instruments



Pairs of students in grades 3 - 5 investigate sound frequencies and acoustic engineering by creating four different instruments - a shoebox guitar, water-glass xylophone, straw panpipe, and soda bottle organ.   


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Sound Wave Reflections (Grades 7-9) 

Energy Transfer in Musical Instruments (Grades 5-6)   

Engineered Music (Grades 3-12) 



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


Feature: Bioacoustics Save Marine Mammals    



The U.S. Navy has acknowledged that loud blasts of its sonar helped cause a mass stranding of whales in the Bahamas and along the North Carolina shore, Thus, the Office of Naval Research has awarded  grants to advance research on the effects of man-made noises on marine life.


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Acoustics - Infinite Improvisation

The Pied Piper of Mucus    

T-Pain and the Auto-Tune Story  




Spotlight: The Accelerator

BYU engineering students develop neonatal ventilator Engineering students do amazing things, such as developing an inexpensive neonatal ventilator for newborns in developing countries like these Brigham Young University engineering seniors did. Learn about their projects, find scholarships and internships, and connect with other engineering students in "The Accelerator," ASEE's free monthly e-newsletter and blog.    



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Engineering Icons. -- Planning a road trip this summer? Check out Hoover Dam, the Crayola crayon factory, or other engineering landmarks along the way. Learn more.

NASA Education. -- Play an interactive game, find teaching materials or scholarships, or vote for the most artistic image of the moon. NASA has lots of STEM learning ideas. Learn more.     


Summer STEM learning. -- From conferences to workshops to camps, there are many opportunities to explore engineering over the holidays. Check out eGFI's list! Learn more.    



It's not to late to register for ASEE's 11th Annual Engineering in K-12 Classrooms Workshop, which kicks off June 14 at the Indianapolis Convention Center in Indiana. STEM teachers, administrators, Race to the Top recipients, and engineering educators from across the nation will find dozens of 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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