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Engineers Week 2014

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February 16-22, 2014 - Let's Make a Difference 

Looking for inspiration? Watch this amazing video about Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day! Girl Day is on Thursday, February 20, 2014.  Girl Day is a movement that shows girls how creative and collaborative engineering is and how engineers are changing our world. With hundreds of events happening each year, together we are driving the conversation about girls and engineering.  Host a Girl Day event and make a difference to the girls (and their moms) in your community.

As you develop your STEM-related classroom activities (and engineers are the E in STEM) make sure to check out the special engineering collection below, and show your students how fun engineering can really be!

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Special Collection: National Engineers Week

Science NetLinks National Engineers Week
Science NetLinks | Resource Collection | K-12
Lessons, tools, podcasts, and other resources from our science expert, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, created to introduce engineering concepts and careers to students of all ages.

Invention and Innovation Resources
Smithsonian's History Explorer | Lessons & Interactives | K-12
Share some of these resources on invention and innovation with your students.


Invention Playhouse
History Explorer | Interactive | K-12
Explore the playful side of invention and the inventive side of play in the Invention Playhouse, part of the Invention at Play online exhibition from the Lemelson Center at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. Through the use of four interactive games, students will learn how play—the ordinary and everyday "work of childhood"—connects to the creative impulse of both historic and contemporary inventors.


February 20 - Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day
Science NetLinks | Resource Collection | K-12
Encourage some of tomorrow's civil, environmental, and software engineers.


National Geographic Education Engineering Collection
NG Education | Resource Collection | K-12
This collection contains a selection of content from NG Education about engineering.


National Geographic Education Engineers Collection
NG Education | Resource Collection | K-12
This collection contains a selection of content from NG Education about engineers.


NG Live: The Tech Lab
NG Education | Video | K-12
National Geographic engineers invent new technology for exploration.


Gadgets and Gizmos: Inside the Nat Geo Tech Lab
NG Education | Video | K-12
Meet the Engineers who create technology for National Geographic Expeditions.


Creating New Tools for Exploration
NG Education | Video | K-12
National Geographic explorer, Corey Jaskolski, pushes the limits of digital imaging.


Failure: The Key to Success
NG Education | Article | K-12
James Cameron explains how difficulties are a part of science and exploration.


Real-World Geography: Corey Jaskolski
NG Education | Article/Profile | K-12
Meet Corey Jaskolski: engineer, inventor, and National Geographic Fellow.


Real-World Geography: Dr. Albert Yu-Min Lin
NG Education | Article/Profile | K-12
Meet Dr. Albert Yu-Min Lin: research scientist and engineer.


Paper Engineering: Fold, Pull, Pop, Turn
Smithsonian's History Explorer | Web Link & Exhibition | 5-12
More than 50 examples of action-packed constructions and inspired works of art spanning 500 years.

Mobilizing Minds: Teaching Science and Math in the Age of Sputnik
Smithsonian History Explorer | Reference Materials & Exhibition | 5-12
Learn how fear of Soviet domination galvanized reform in science and math education during the 1950's and 60's.


Deanne Bell believes engineering is for girls
History Explorer | Podcast | 5-12
Deanne Bell, engineer and co-host of PBS's "Design Squad," talks about inspiring inventive creativity in young people, especially girls. Listen to the podcast or read the transcript.


Break It Down
Science NetLinks | Interactive | 3-5
Use ramps, switches, and gears to move a marble toward the lever that ultimately raises the flagpole, and learn a lot about systems and systems design along the way.


I Hear the Locomotives: The Impact of the Transcontinental Railroad
EDSITEment | Lesson Plan | 3-5
Analyzing archival material such as photos, documents, and posters, students can truly appreciate the phenomenon of the Transcontinental Railroad. Help your class make connections between the arrival of the railroads and many of the changes occurring in the United States and its territories.


Thomas Edison’s Inventions in 1900s and Today: From "New" to You!
EDSITEment | Lesson Plan | 3-5
The purpose of this lesson is to familiarize students with life and technology around 1900 in order to better understand how Edison influenced both. Through comparing and contrasting life and technology in the early part of the twentieth century with technology found in their own homes and experiences, students will gain a greater understanding of how far the fields of industry and entertainment have progressed since Edison's day and of how Edison's work was the foundation for technology they enjoy today.


Competing Coasters
Illuminations | Activity | 3-5
In these activities, students look at attributes that vary from coaster to coaster, attributes that make each scream machine uniquely thrilling. Students use a Web site to view photos of roller coasters from around the country. Based on the pictures, students predict which coaster is faster, which is higher, which goes farther, and which takes longer. They look up data on another Web site to check their predictions. Finally, students evaluate their estimates of speed, height, etc., to see whether their estimation skills improve with experience.


Creating a Two-Dimensional Blueprint
Illuminations | Lesson | 3-5
Part of a Unit. In this lesson, students draw a two-dimensional blueprint of their clubhouse using graph paper. See Related Resources for the rest of the lesson plans.

Long Distance Airplanes
Illuminations | Activity | 3-5
Students make paper airplanes and explore attributes related to increasing flight distances. Each student collects data from three flights of the airplane and finds the median distance. Students then collect, organize, display, and interpret the median distances for the class in a stem-and-leaf plot.


Building A Box
Illuminations | Lesson | 3-8
This lesson uses a real-world situation to help develop students' spatial visualization skills and geometric understanding. Emma, a new employee at a box factory, is supposed to make cube‑shaped jewelry boxes. Students help Emma determine how many different nets are possible and then analyze the resulting cubes.

Bears in a Boat
Illuminations | Lesson | 3-8
Who can build the best boat? In this lesson, students are challenged to create aluminum foil boats that are then tested by filling them with plastic bears until they sink. The lesson serves as a fun, hands-on way to collect data. The data from two attempts is collected and used to make two class box-and-whisker plots with some surprising results.

Roller Coasting Through Function
Illuminations | Lesson | 6-8
Using tables and graphs to analyze the falls of different roller coasters, students determine the time it takes for a roller coaster to reach the bottom of its tallest drop. They conclude the study by creating their own roller coaster and analyzing its fall.


Building Height
Illuminations | Lesson and Activity | 6-8
Students use a clinometer and isosceles right triangles to measure the height of a building. The class will compare measurements, discuss the variations in their results, and select the best measure of central tendency to report the most accurate height.


Weighing Your Car
Illuminations | Lesson | 6-8
In this lesson, students learn how to measure the area of the tire footprint on a car and to find air pressure using a tire gauge. Students then find the weight of the car using their fraction multiplication skills.


Leonardo da Vinci: Creative Genius
EDSITEment | Lesson Plan | 6-8
Students will discover why Leonardo is considered the ultimate Renaissance man. They will learn about his famous notebooks, focusing upon his machines of motion, then zooming in on the flying machines. As a culminating activity, the students will describe how Leonardo epitomizes the Renaissance man by discussing this remarkable artist and inventor through the amazing variety of his creativity.


Area Contractor
Illuminations | Lesson | 6-8
Break out the tool belts and hard hats! In this lesson students explore the surface area in the same way a contractor might when providing an estimate to a potential customer. Once the customer accepts the estimate, a more detailed measurement is taken and a quote prepared.


It's a Crash Test, Dummy
Science NetLinks | Podcast | 6-8
Research air bags on the Internet and use that information to design and test a version of an air bag.


Engineering the Perfect Poem by Using the Vocabulary of STEM
ReadWriteThink | Lesson Plan | 7-10
Students research engineering careers and create poetry to understand the vocabulary of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.


Science NetLinks | Podcast | 6-12
Generally, the developed countries export new technology to poorer, developing ones. But when it comes to wheelchairs, it can work the other way around. This story looks at an organization that counts on some of the world's poorest countries to develop some of the most innovative new ideas.


Gecko Feet
Science NetLinks | Podcast | 6-12
Nature is a great engineer, in part because useful natural materials have millions of years to evolve and improve. Hear how engineers are trying to imitate the amazing properties of the gecko’s toes.


300 Spartans: The Bridge Over the Hellespont
EDSITEment | Interactive | 9-12
Xerxes's Phoenician and Egyptian engineers built two bridges across the Hellespont, the waterway between Asia Minor (modern Turkey) and Greece. This waterway also connects the Black Sea to the Aegean part of the Mediterranean Sea. With this interactive, build your own bridge to cross the Hellespont!


Oil Refining: A Closer Look
Science NetLinks | Lesson & Interactive | 9-13
Use this interactive in your classroom to visually display how petroleum is refined.




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