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Breaking New Ground

The U.S. park system just turned 100 and the celebration includes a stunning new addition to the National Mall. Built around a railway car and other huge artifacts, the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture advances engineering as well as America's heritage. The past will inspire your architectural engineers in this month's activity. See who builds a lasting legacy!                                                                         Photo credit: Alan Karchmer/NMAAHC
Students in grades 3 to 5 use engineering problem solving to create structures from paper, straws, tape, and paper clips that can support the weight of at least one textbook. For the second trial, they examine examples of successful buildings in history and try again. 

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                                                                                                       RELATED LESSONS   
Think Like a Bird! (Grades K-3)
Build a Paper Tower (Grades 1-8)
National Museum of African American History projection screen
Swampy soil wasn't the only challenge that architects and engineers designing the National Museum of African American History and Culture had to overcome to make this century-old dream a reality. 

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Spotlight: Every Kid in a Park

National Park Service New Melones Lake To engage the next century's environmentalists, the National Park Service is opening parks to 4th graders and their teachers. Every Kid in a Park includes trip planning tools and teacher activity guides. No time or funds for field trips? Take a virtual tour of the Grand Canyon or explore resources for teaching, from history to citizen science.

Spotlight: Paid Summer Research for Students

SEAP and ASEE logosApplications are now open for the Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program (SEAP), a paid summer research program for high school students administered by the American Society for Engineering Education. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors are selected to spend eight weeks working alongside professional engineers and research scientists on real projects at one of 27 Department of Navy labs around the country.  Apply by November 30, 2016


NASA's Think Outside the Box Contest -- Students design a 3-D printed object that assembles, telescopes,or grows that an astronaut can use in microgravity. Learn more.

Verizon App Challenge. No coding experience is required for students to develop apps and win up to $20,000 in prizes. Register teams by November 18. Lean more.

K-12 Engineering Education Podcast. Tech tools, curriculum reviews, and access to engineering are all fodder for this new podcast from Austin, Texas. Learn more.
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