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8JAN
 

Engineers Week February 16-22

Activities for DiscoverE

Engineers Week, now known as DiscoverE, may be the first time a learner tries a hands-on engineering activity or starts thinking about an engineering career. Howtosmile.org has nearly 900 activities that can introduce learners to engineering specialties including aerospace, chemical, computer, electrical, environmental, nanotechnology and nuclear engineering.

6JAN
 

You Go Girl Engineer

Activities from PBS SciGirls

From updated science and technology content for Girl Scouts' badges, to a growing calendar of engineering-themed events for girls, future women engineers are getting the message "You go girl!" With 37 activities from the PBS SciGirls TV show, girls can take on engineering challenges like designing a piece of high-tech LED fashion, building a mechanical arm, testing a model solar house, and much more at Howtosmile.org.

2JAN
 

Nature's Balancing Act

Turning Science into Art

Turning nature’s balancing act into art is one of the most popular Awesome Activities from Howtosmile.org on the pinboard-style website Pinterest. In the Food Chains and Webs activity, learners create a hanging mobile of animal images to explore how predator/prey relationships keep ecosystems in balance.

28DEC
 

Zip a Zipper

Rube Goldberg machine contests

Zipping a zipper is simple, right? Not if you're zipping as part of a Rube Goldberg Machine Contest. In 2014, teams of students nationwide and internationally will compete to engineer the most complicated, ingenious machine they can to zip a simple zipper. That's the prizewinning goal for contestants in the Rube Goldberg Machine Contests for high school and college and the International Online Rube Goldberg Machine contest for ages 11-14.

7DEC
 

Young Dinos/Young Diggers

Finding dinosaur fossils

On a high school summer field trip, 17-year-old Kevin Terris made the kind of discovery professional paleontologists dream about. In Utah's Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Terris noticed a piece of bone sticking out of a boulder. The bone was part of a set of dinosaur toes, in what proved to be the most complete skeleton ever found of a baby tube-crested Parasaurolophus.

5DEC
 

STEM Takes Flight

National Soaring Museum

Things are looking up for STEM educator Kaye Norton, literally. As the National Soaring Museum’s Education Services Coordinator, Norton wants her students looking up at the sky to understand what they're learning about the science of motorless flight.

15SEP
 

Spooky STEM for Halloween

Glowing hands, fake blood, "bleeding" paper

Planning a haunted house or spooky lab for your school, your neighborhood, or even your library? Stir some STEM into your special effects! Halloween-friendly activities at Howtosmile.org can increase the "ghoul factor" to engage learners in exploring mixtures, the immune system, light and vision, acids and bases, energy and more. (Many activities include step-by-step instructional videos.)

31JUL
 

Chasing Ice for Earth Science Week

glacier STEM

National Geographic photographer James Balog has spent years documenting the melting of Earth's glaciers. His stunning film Chasing Ice uses time-lapse cameras to "compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate." Chasing Ice will be on video and in education versions this fall. For Earth Science Week October 13-19, connect the film to climate change activities at Howtosmile.org.

18JUL
 

Avast me hearties—it's Pirate Science!

Pirates + STEM

Aaaaaaaarrrrrrre you running a pirate themed camp or event this summer? Or planning ahead for Talk Like a Pirate Day, September 19? Well shiver me timbers—it's time for pirate science! 

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