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December 2015

Season's Greetings 

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Neither rain, nor snow, nor winter's gloom can stay old-fashioned holiday mail from its appointed destinations. Even in the Internet era, greeting cards remain a robust industry: Americans buy 6.5 billion annually, with Christmas cards accounting for a quarter of that total. Your designers will exercise their artistic as well as engineering skills in this month's activity. Full STEAM ahead!
Activity: Greeting Card Assembly Line

In this collaborative math and art lesson, students in grades 4 to 12 explore central ideas in industrial engineering - including productivity, efficiency, and quality - by designing their own assembly line and working together to mass produce greeting cards.

Hack a Greeting Card (Grades 3-6)  
STEAM: Build a Pop-Up Card or Book (Grades 3-8)
Paper Structures (Grades 1 --8)
Conveyor Engineering (Grades 3-12)  

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Spotlight: Grant to Teach Every Kid to Code

Computer programming is such an essential language that an Atlanta-based tech company chief  believes every elementary student should get a head start on learning it. And he's launching a nationwide grant contest that would send a master coding instructor to train K-8 teachers in a high-poverty school district for up to a year. 

eCybermission 2016. -- Students in grades 6 to 9 can play real super-spy detectives in this Internet-based STEM fair. Entries are due February 29, 2016. Learn more.

Imagine Tomorrow! -- High school teams can win $100,000 by solving a clean energy problem in Washington State University's contest. Register by April 1. Learn more.

EngineerGirl! Video & Essay Contest. -- Responsible Engineering is the theme for this year's contest for boys and girls in grades 3-12. Enter by Feb. 1. Learn more.

Free Online Safety Curriculum. -- DangerBots is among the fun, interactive learning modules aimed at increasing K-6 students' awareness of cybersecurity. Learn more.

Youth Environmental Council. -- EarthEcho Int'l invites environmental leaders ages 15-22 to apply for its inaugural Youth Leadership Council. Apply by Dec. 31. Learn more.

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

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