May 2018 
Gear Up for Engineering  
bicyclist silhouette at sunset USAF

They've set speed records and clocked in at $500,000 for tricked-out bikes ridden by Tour de France champions. But even high-performance racers must contend with the laws of physics - so a knowledge of friction, forces, and gears comes in handy. Your mechanical engineers will get pumped doing this activity marking National Bike Month. Watch their wheels turn!
kid in pink jacket riding bike

Students in grades 3 to 8 learn about forces, energy, and efficiency by measuring a bicycle's gear ratios, calculating tire revolutions, and then testing their knowledge by seeing who can ride a course the swiftest. 

Great activity for girls


RELATED LESSONS
 
Give Me a Brake! (Grades 3-6)
What Are Gears? (Grades 4-8) 
New!  Build a Bike Helmet (Grades 9-10)

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GRADES K-5   |   GRADES 6-8   |   GRADES 9-12
 
aerovelo eta racing
 
From dockless bike sharing and airless tires to Eta, the world's fastest human-powered vehicle (photo), bicycle technology has come a long way since the 1858 debut of the Boneshaker velocipede. And engineering students and researchers have powered many of the innovations.

The Secret Code Menace cover
eGFI's fourth-grade reviewer gave this preteen adventure story by electrical and computer engineering professor Pamela Cosman 4.99 out of 5 stars. The Secret Code Menace will inspire your STEM students, too! Bonus: The author's instructional guide helps teachers incorporate real problems into reading, math, and tech classes. 
 

STEM 4 All 2018 video Zoombinis

Each year, the National Science Foundation hosts an online showcase featuring 100 to 200 short video presentations from federally funded projects focused on improving STEM and computer science education. Educators and the public can post comments and vote for their favorite videos. 

Graduate from high school with two years of college credit - including in calculus and physics? A Raleigh, N.C., public school focused on engineering's Grand Challenges shows how innovative university partnerships can prepare traditionally underserved students to succeed in STEM.
ASEE Engineering Day at NSTA 2017 regional conference in Baltimore

Elementary STEM and an ASEE panel on recruiting and retaining minorities and women in engineering are among the hot topics for this year's National Science Teachers Association's STEM Forum & Expo
Philadelphia
July 11-13

Visit our table for a free eGFI magazine. And check out ASEE's hands-on engineering activities from the 2017 STEM Forum and regional conferences.

Announcements

World Oceans Day. -- Clean a beach, create art, or help monitor marine debris. Check out these lesson plans and other resources for celebrating on  June 8. Learn more.

Knowles Teaching Academies. --  Learn how to engage your science and math students in engineering design in top-tier summer workshops with yearlong coaching. Learn more.

EngineerGirl Ambassadors. -- The National Academy of Engineering's high-school leadership program offers up to $250 for projects. Apply by May 31. Learn more.

Summer Research for STEM Teachers. -- The National Science Foundation sponsors paid summer programs at university labs nationwide. Learn more.

Summer STEM Programs for Students. -- The Army Educational Outreach Program offers research apprenticeships, camps, and other summer opportunities. Learn more.
  
The Accelerator. -- ASEE's blog and free monthly e-newsletter for engineering and engineering education students has scholarships, teaching tips, and news. Learn more. 

engineering trailblazers



Filled with engaging features, gorgeous graphics, and useful information about engineering colleges and careers, the latest edition of ASEE's award-winning Engineering, Go For It is sure to get students excited about learning - and doing - engineering! 

Perfect for K-12 outreach events and college fairs!
   
 
 
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