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August 2015

Taming the Troll Road 

Norway's Trollstigen (Troll Footpath) winds down a hair-raising 9% gradient with 11 hairpin turns between Valldal and Åndalsnes. Legend has it that trolls wander the road at night, turning into towering rocks in the sunlight. Engineers the world over have to consider not just the terrain, but also local traditions when designing bridges and byways. Case in point: This Icelandic town recently re-homed a boulder -- home to elves, in folklore -- before construction began. Your civil engineers will conquer new territory with this month's activity. Happy trails!
Activity: Carving Out the Landscape



Elementary school students build a mountain or cliff from cardboard, then figure out the best way to conquer the terrain by building a road. Covering city planning, geography, geology, and civil engineering, this hands-on activity will help students appreciate the work that went into the roads, bridges, and tunnels they see every day.  


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Build a Highway Sign (Grades 6-12)  

How the Rubber Meets the Road (Grades 3-8)   

Selling and Buying a Green Car (Grades 9-12)  

Hovercraft Racers (Grades 7-9)  



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


Feature: Smart Road for Driven Students 
This ordinary-looking stretch of road is anything but. Nestled in the mountains of southwest Virginia, the 2.2 mile blacktop contains three bridges, an intersection - and a brain!
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Spotlight: LinkEngineering

As a teacher, you're supposed to have all the answers--but you know that sometimes, you just don't. What if you always had an engineering expert to provide inspiration and advice?

The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) recently announced the launch of LinkEngineering, a new website that connects preK-12 teachers with engineering experts, fellow educators, lesson plans, tips, and tools.

White House Science Fair 2015 Science competitions can pave the path toward STEM degrees and careers. But low-income students often face barriers to participation.The nonprofit Society for Science & the Public, which runs the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, is launching a pilot program to recruit and pay teachers and counselors to coach students through the process.  

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Upcoming PreK-K Engineering Workshop. -- Engineering is Elementary (EiE) is designing a course that will introduce engineering to very young students. Learn more.

Google Classroom API Goes Public. --
Google Classroom rolled out a more powerful sharing tool on August 5. Learn more.

Amy Poehler Creates Science Web Series. -- Watch "Experimenting with Megan Amram," a new comedic STEM web series for teenagers. Learn more.

NewSchools Venture Fund. -- Program seeks ideas for improving K-12 STEM learning. Applicants could win grants up to $150,000. Apply by Sept. 4.  Learn more. 

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