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June 2014

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Brazuca soccer ball    

From the new Brazuca 6-panel soccer ball (above) to state-of-the-art stadiums and goal-line camera technology, engineering is playing a big role in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The kickoff even featured a Duke University prototype robotic body suit that moves according to brain signals. This month's activity will score with your fans of "the beautiful game." Watch them go for the goooall!     

Activity: Robot Soccer Challenge



Teams of students in grades 4 - 8 learn how to program LEGO® MINDSTORMS® NXT intelligent bricks so that one can remotely control the other, gaining skills and an appreciation for wireless communications as they play "robot soccer."     


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Bounce! (Grades 9-11) 

Report Writing: Athletes and Gravity  (Grades 5-7)  



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


Feature: Energy-Storing Soccer Ball     



Doing homework at night can be problem if your village lacks electricity. Enter the sOccket, an energy-storing soccer ball designed by four Harvard undergraduates for their engineering class project. Inspired by disco floors that harvest dancers' energy,  the sOccket can power an LED light for 3 hours after just 15 minutes of play. 


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New! NASA Explores the Brazuca Ball's Aerodynamics 

Goal Oriented

Bend It Like Jabulani     

Artificial Cloud to Cover 2022 Qatar World Cup Stadium  




Spotlight: Engineering Map of America

New Bridge, Portland, ME What do the Trans-Alaska pipeline, drawbridges, and Amelia Earhart have in common? They're all featured on an interactive map of America's engineering feats and education milestones developed by PBS's American Experience with the American Society for Engineering Education and other partner organizations. The mobile app is perfect for class field work or family road trips. 



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Teachers' Top Apps. -- Confused by the thousands of education apps out there? A Connecticut high school librarian has crowd-sourced the best. Learn more.

Maker Camp. Kids 13 and up can take virtual field trips, create stomp rockets, and do other activities from July 7 to August 15 in the Google+ online maker space. 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.    



The January 2014 eGFI Teachers' newsletter, "Olympic Engineering," took top honors in the annual APEX competition, receiving one of just 100 Grand Awards for publication excellence.


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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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