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February 2015

Start Your Engines!

NASCAR Daytona 2004  

And they're off! NASCAR's 2015 season has roared into gear with the Hall of Fame induction of Wendell Scott Sr., the first African American to win a race in the top-level circuit, a new STEM education website, and Joey Logano's February 22 triumph at the Daytona 500.Your pit crew need not be stock-car racers to enjoy this month's activity. No skid marks, please!
Activity: How the Rubber Meets the Road



Teams of students in grades 3 to 12 learn about the engineering design process by creating and testing a model tire tread that will be safe and reliable in heavy rain.  


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Hovercraft Racers (Grades 7-9)   

Balloon-Powered Car  (Grades 4-8)

Rubber Band Racers (Grades K-12)  


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


Feature: Help on Four Wheels



Teacher Brian Copes and award winning BUV team

Brian Copes (left in photo) began modeling his rural Alabama high school classroom after the Discovery Channel's popular Monster Garage. His inspired students designed a tool to fight poverty in developing countries: simple, inexpensive utility vehicles that can be shipped in pieces and easily assembled. 


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The Next Generation of Urban Cars

Cars that Drive Themselves

Go! Transportation for Kids

Replacing Internal Combustion Engines



Spotlight: National Engineers Week

Nominate a great middle or high school STEM teacher for a $2,000 award, introduce a girl to engineering, or coach a Future City team. E-Week offers plenty of events and hands-on activities to raise awareness of how engineers make a world of difference.      


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Volunteer to Pilot NGSS Test -- The AAAS seeks science teachers to field test multiple-choice items for an assessment on energy for students in grades 4-12. Learn more. 

Google Science Fair. -- Students 13 to 18 can win $50,000 in scholarships, trips to the Galapagos, and more in this global contest. Projects due May 19. Learn more.

DiscoverE Educator Awards. -- Apply for or nominate a great middle or high school STEM teacher for a $2,000 award. Deadline March 16. Learn more.

Acceleration Nation. -- Designed with Scholastic, NASCAR's new STEM education site has games and activities to teach the aerodynamics of speed. Learn more.

Young Minds Design Contest. -- Middle and high school students create a product to solve a problem or improve a process. Enter by May 31. Learn more.

Next Gen STEM. -- TeachEngineering offers a free, searchable library of 1,352 activities aligned with Common Core math and Next Generation science standards. Learn more.

Internet of Things
. -- Young women 13 to 18 design ways to improve the world by harnessing the power of connected technologies. Round 1: March 2015. 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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