February 2017 
Home-grown STEM
red birdhouse
Think you need an advanced degree to advance knowledge in STEM? Try convincing the masses whose backyard bird counts, weather reports, and other observations contribute to discoveries in fields from astronomy to zoology... Even snowflakes! Your "citizen engineers" will redefine community service doing this month's activity to mark Engineers Week. Watch them soar!
Chena River salmon citizen science

Middle school students learn that people like themselves can make meaningful contributions to science by reviewing examples of online citizen-science projects, then forming "engineering teams" to brainstorm ideas to benefit their community and design conceptual interactive websites that could organize and support the projects. 


RELATED LESSONS
   
Join a Citizen STEM Project! (Grades PreK-12)
Map the Green Space (grades 5-9)
STEM Takes Wing! (Great Backyard Bird Count, All Ages. Feb. 17-20, 2017)  

William Bentley snowflake image

No two snowflakes are alike, right? We know this thanks to a Jericho, Vermont, farm boy and citizen engineer named Wilson A. Bentley, who adapted a microscope to a camera and spent 40 years capturing thousands of unique images that now reside in the Smithsonian.

Dream Big film poster
Introduce a girl to engineering. Live stream the Future City finals from Washington, D.C. Take your class to DREAM BIG, the inspiring new IMAX movie about engineering. How will you celebrate National Engineers Week this Feb. 19 to 25?   

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Announcements

Summer Learning for STEM Teachers. --   eGFI's list of university research experiences, workshops, and other opportunities. Application deadlines vary. Learn more.
 
National Youth Science Camp. -- Graduating HS seniors are selected to attend this prestigious WV summer program, travel and fees incl. Apply by March 1. Learn more. 

NIST Summer Teachers Institute. -- The National Institute of Standards and Technology's program for middle school educators includes stipends. Apply by March 3. Learn more.
 
ASEE PreK-12 Workshop: Call for Proposals. -- Have a great lesson or strategy for integrating engineering in your classes? Share them with teachers this June! Learn more.

Great Backyard Bird Count 2017. -- Grab your binoculars and help scientists understand and protect our feathered friends. Feb. 17 to 20. Learn more.
 
Save the Date: June 24. Join teachers and guidance counselors in Columbus, Ohio, this summer for ASEE's annual PreK-12 Engineering Workshop. Learn more. 
  
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