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March 2016

March of Time

Stonehenge at equinox
Humans have marked the vernal equinox - when equal hours of daylight and darkness signal winter's end - since ancient times. The Sphinx, Stonehenge, and Mayan pyramids all align with its sunrise. Today's rites of spring run from a "festival of colors" in India to NCAA basketball's March Madness. Your engineers will step back in time with this month's activity. See who can beat the clock - or buzzer!
Activity: Build a Sundial

Students in grades 6 to 8 investigate the accuracy of sundials and the discrepancy that lies between "real time" and "clock time" by tracking the position of the sun as they make a shadow plot, a horizontal sundial, and a diptych sundial

Just a Minute! (Grades 1-8)
Make an Alarm (Grades 3-5)
Mayan Calendars (Grades 6-12)

Lillian Gilbreth
She pioneered the field of time-motion studies and was the first woman elected to the National Academy of Engineering. Yet industrial engineer Lillian Moller Gilbreth remains best known as the domestic engineer in the beloved children's classic written by two of her 12 children: Cheaper By The Dozen.
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Spotlight: New STEM Education Publication

Urban Advantage Denver science museumConnected Science Learning, a free online journal for STEM educators, seeks to bridge the gap between informal and traditional education settings by highlighting effective programs that enhance STEM learning. The inaugural issue, released March 15, includes articles on a museum partnership with Denver schools (photo) and Omaha's "Zoo Academy." 

CTE Makeover Challenge. -- High schools can win up to $20,000 to create maker spaces in this U.S. Department of Education initiative. Submit designs by April 1. Learn more.

Healthy Lunchtime Challenge. -- Dine at the White House? That's the top prize for kids who create the winning recipe in this annual contest. Submit by April 4. Learn more.

Vote for your top Nano Superhero! -- Three students in this National Science Foundation contest will win cash awards and a DC trip. Judging runs April 7-15Learn more. 

Space Food Contest. -- Star Trek and NASA ask students to "boldly go" into creating 3-D models of a food-related item for future astronauts. Designs due May 1Learn more.

Mega Engineering Video Contest. --  Big projects like sustainable cities are the focus of this year's Engineering 4 U contest. Submit by May 31. 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.

Intel Science Talent Search 2016 winnersWho says homework has to be boring? Not the 40 high school finalists in the Intel Science Talent Search, the nation's most prestigious science competition. 

Now in its 75th year, the 2016 talent search witnessed a historic first: The majority of finalists and winners were young women!

Whether you're seeking fun, immediately useful ways to enrich your STEM classes or an opportunity to network with peers from across the country, the American Society for Engineering Education's annual K-12 Engineering 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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