July 2017 
Engineering Unlimited
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From Paralympic rugby wheelchairs to robotic limbs, assistive technology has come a long way since the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law on July 26, 1990. Today, engineers continue to advance accessibility, designing systems that help millions lead full lives every day. This month's activity will summon your students' ingenuity. Handle with care!
3d printed prosthetic hand

Middle school students learn about types of forces, the relationship between form and function, and the structure of the hand by working as biomedical engineers to design, build, and test their own hand "gripper" prototypes that can grasp and lift a 200 ml cup of sand.


RELATED LESSONS
   
A Different Lens (Grades 6-9)
Build a Robotic Arm (Grades 3-12)

Rory Cooper University of Pittsburgh engineering researcher _ Paralympic medalist

Paralympic champion and University of Pittsburgh assistive-technology pioneer Rory Cooper wants people with disabilities to see engineering as a great career. 

Tufts OKEE program

Tufts University's online graduate program is designed to help busy STEM teachers integrate hands-on problem solving into their classes.

NSTA STEM Forum 2017

Real-time arctic research and a new teacher-proven tool for embedding engineering into your courses are among the ASEE presentations at NSTA's annual STEM Forum & Expo in Orlando July 12 to 14. Visit us!
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Free resources and in-person professional learning topped the list of what educators consider important. Congrats to Pamela Smith, winner of the $250 gift-card drawing, and thanks to all who completed our first-ever subscribers' questionnaire!

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Announcements

Maker Camp. -- Sewn circuits and musical instruments made from fruit are among the projects in Make magazine's 2017 virtual camp. Get ideas for your class! Learn more. 

Lemelson-MIT JVInvenTeens. -- MIT's engineering school offers hands-on summer workshops and other resources to help teach kids to think like inventors. Learn more. 

Summer Learning. -- eGFI's list of university research experiences, workshops, and other opportunities for teachers. Application deadlines vary. Learn more.
  
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