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November 2014

Incredible Voyage       

Philae lander descending toward comet  

"Touchdown! My new address: 67P!" In a triumphant tweet, the European Space Agency's Philae probe (photo) confirmed its historic landing on a comet after a10-year, 4-billion-mile journey. The lander bounced into a shaded gully but managed to collect samples and relay data before losing power. Your aerospace engineers will have a blast with this month's activity. Happy landings!
Activity: On Target!


Lesson Supplies  

In this fun PBS Design Squad activity, student teams in grades 4 to 8 follow the engineering design process to create a device that can deposit a "spacecraft" precisely on a designated spot.


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Asteroid Impact (Grades 6-8)   

Catapult Marshmallow Launch  (Grades 4-8) 

Straw Rocket Aeronautics (Grades K-12)  

Space Telescope Debate (Grades 6-8)  

Balloon Aeronautics (Grades 4-8) 


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


Feature: NASA's Space Ace



Aprille Ericsson

Had the WNBA existed during her childhood, Aprille Joy Ericsson jokes that  she might have gravitated to pro basketball as a profession. Instead, the Brooklyn, N.Y., native became NASA's first African American Ph.D. rocket scientist.  


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Space-Junk Cleaner

Enter the Dragon

Unlimited Space

NASA's Mohawk Guy

Space-Age Gardening   


Spotlight: Computer Science Education Week

Celebrate from December 8 to 14, 2014, with classroom activities designed to inspire the next generation of inventors and programmers. Want to get more girls interested? kicks off the week with a tutorial featuring sisters from the Disney hit Frozen.   


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CISCO's Internet of Things Challenge. Young women 13 to 18 design ways to make the world better by harnessing the power of connected technologies. Learn more.

SMART Competition.
-- High school students apply their knowledge of science, math, and physics to design an intelligent building, in this case, a school's gym. Learn more.

TEAMS Competition.
-- Students address real-world energy challenges in the 2015 Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics and Science. Register today. Learn more.

Code Studio. -- To encourage more schools to teach computer science, has created a set of free tools, lessons, curriculum, and teachers' dashboard. 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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