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Febuary 2016

The Power to Inspire 

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African Americans represent just a sliver of the STEM workforce, but their innovations have had an outsize impact on society. Inventions range from the first traffic signal to energy-saving motion sensors, microphones, and the top-selling Super Soaker. Your engineers will have a blast applying math and physics in this fun activity marking Black History Month. Ready, aim, learn!
Activity: A Shot Under Pressure

water luge
Teams of high school students use their understanding of projectile physics and fluid dynamics to calculate the water pressure in squirt guns by measuring the range of the water jets. They create graphs to analyze how the predicted pressure relates to the number of times they pump the water gun before shooting.

Companion Activity: Fun With Bernoulli (Grades 5-7)
Build a Toy Workshop (Grades 3-5)
Better Traffic Flow (Grades 9-12)  

Lonnie Johnson Super Soaker inventor
Mechanical engineer Lonnie G. Johnson spent more than a decade in high-level posts within the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the U.S. Air Force, and NASA. But what sent his high-flying career into orbit was the invention of one of the world's most popular toys. 
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Spotlight: National Engineers Week Begins!

Engineers Week 2016 Introduce a girl to engineering or find an engaging hands-on activity to do with your class. The 65th annual Engineers Week, which takes place Feb. 21 to 27, has plenty of fun local events designed to raise awareness of what engineers do to make the world a healthier, safer place. 

National Summer Teacher Institute. -- The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office offers travel stipends for its July training session at Michigan State. Apply by March 15Learn more.

STEM Equity Grants. -- FIRST® has partnered with Apple and Microsoft to award communities up to $50,000 to boost access to robotics. Apply by March 11. Learn more. 

National Youth Science Camp. -- Graduating high school seniors now have until March 2 to apply for this prestigious summer science program in West Virginia. 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.

Super Small Science. -- Explore anti-corrosion coatings and other nanotechnology in this free video series from the National Science Foundation and NBC Learn. Learn more.

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

Mark your calendars! Whether you're seeking fun, immediately useful ways to enrich your STEAM classes or an opportunity to network with peers from across the country, the American Society for Engineering Education's annual K-12 Workshop is the place to be!

When: Saturday, June 25
Where: New Orleans Convention Center 

New for 2016: K-12 Curriculum Exchange and half-day Sunday session on Making! 

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