November 2016 
Land of Plenty
From cranberry sauce to pumpkin pie, most traditional  fare includes a hefty helping of agricultural engineering. Farmers are using sensors and smartphones to coax more crops from precisely watered micro-plots, while genetic engineers have developed pest-resistant grains.Your budding green team will dig into this month's hands-on activity. See who harvests the most learning!

In this three-part activity, students in grades 5 to 7 act as agricultural engineers, learning about and testing the effectiveness of a sustainable pest-control technique that uses organic waste and sunlight rather than toxic compounds to reduce weeds.

RELATED LESSONS
   
A Tasty Experiment  (Grades 3-7)
Eyewitness to Evaporation (Grades 5-7)
Package Those Foods (Grades 6-8)  
Snack Attack  (Grades 6-8)  
Digest This!  (Grades 6-8)
Way to Flow - Irrigation (Grades 6-12) 
 
 

Iowa State agricultural engineer Amy Kaleita

From the air or highway, America's fruited plains present a uniform vista of vast abundance. Not to Amy Kaleita. The Iowa State agricultural and biosystems engineer sees a "somewhat chaotic" array of micro-plots, each ripe with opportunities for smart technology to enhance both sustainability and food production using "precision conservation."


Design roller coasters? How about audio systems for rock bands?  STEM Jobs,a free quarterly magazine, helps middle and high school students explore such engineering career options through fun features and a "STEM Type" quiz. 

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math workshop

Despite years of White House science fairs and a national emphasis on STEM education, American fourth and eighth graders still trail their global peers in math and science, a major international exam reveals.

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Announcements

Computer Science Education Week. Join millions worldwide from December 5 to 11 in celebrating computational thinking with an Hour of Code or other activity. Learn more.

Vernier Engineering Contest. STEM teachers can win up to $5,500 in cash, tech, and funds to attend the ASEE or NSTA annual conference. Apply by Feb, 15Learn more.

EngineerGirl! Video & Essay Contest.
Responsible Engineering is the theme for this year's contest for boys and girls in grades 3-12. Enter by Feb. 1Learn more.

eCybermission 2017. In this Internet-based science fair, students in grades 6 to 9 can play real super-spy detectives. Entries are due February 22Learn more.

MIT THINK Scholars. High school students receive seed funding, trip to MIT, and mentoring to turn project ideas into finished products. Deadline January 1. Learn more.

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