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April 2016

Moving Mountains

trash heap
Waste not, want not, or so the saying goes. But in our disposable society, the average American generates 4.4 pounds of trash per day - about 1.6 pounds more than in 1960. The good news? A third of that annual 254 million tons of junk now gets recycled. Your environmental engineers will put garbage to good use in this month's activity marking Earth Day. See who makes a splash! 
Activity: Trash Sliders

trash sliders at 2015 ASEE K12 Workshop
Middle school students express their creativity while learning the fundamentals of engineering design, sustainability, and the basic physics of forces and motion by working in teams to build a vehicle out of recycled trash that is capable of transporting liquid over rough terrain with as little spillage as possible.

Note: Activity can be scaled for high school or upper elementary students.

The Energy of Decay (Grades K-5)
Trash Talkin'  (Grades 3-5)
What a Dump! (Grades 5-8)
Life After Trash (Grades 6-8)

Manhattan_s Union Market composts food waste
The world wastes 1.4 billion tons of food annually. Engineers, industrial designers, and even restaurants like Manhattan's Urban Market are shrinking the global garbage heap with innovations ranging from "smart" food packaging to urban composting. 
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Spotlight: Integrated STEM Videos 

Engineering is Elementary Video Snippet What does it mean for fourth graders to plan and carry out investigations? How can you help students develop engineering habits of mind? Engineering is Elementary's new "video snippets" lets teachers see what integrated STEM and Next Generation Science Standards look like in real classrooms.

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.

Whether you're seeking fun, hands-on activities for your STEM students or opportunities 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: Half-day Sunday session on Making! 

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