April 2017 
As the Earth Glows
NASA image of US lights
Light pollution may not top most lists of environmental woes. But it affects 80 percent of the world's population - including almost every American, as this NASA image reveals. Artificially bright nights can disrupt sleep, health, and ecosystems. Your green engineers will shine doing this month's activity marking International Dark Sky Week April 22-28. See who flips the switch!
measuring light at Ft. Meade Earth Day 2016 event

Middle school students build light meters and investigate the nature, sources, and levels of light in their classroom, They learn about the adverse effects of artificial light on humans, animals, and plants as well as the engineering concepts of sensors and lux units. They also learn how to better use light and save energy, and about technologies designed by engineers to reduce light pollution. 


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starry night Yellowstone National Park

Is light pollution affecting the environment? The world's first academic center dedicated to studying the quality of night skies hopes to find out. Learn about the dark-sky movement and get resources for "seizing the night" - including for International Dark Sky Week April 22 - 28.


What better way to celebrate Earth Day and learn about climate than by virtually "adopting" one of 64,000 individual pieces of the planet as seen from space by one NASA's 18 Earth science instruments?.

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asee 2016 k12 workshop
Whether you teach preschool or high school, Columbus, Ohio, is the place to be on June 24 for a full day of top-flight professional development at the American Society for Engineering Education's annual PreK-12 Workshop.


Announcements

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

Engineering Design PD. -- ASEE and the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation are hosting a day-long workshop at George Washington University  June 3. Learn more. 

STEM Teacher Retreat in Aggieland, -- Join Texas A&M and ASEE for an immersive five-day workshop built around flying machines. Register by May 31. Learn more.  

ASEE's Inclusive Engineering Contest. -- Share how you engage diverse students for a chance to win $1,000 to attend ASEE's annual conference. Submit by May 1. Learn more.
 
STEM Voice. -- Students in grades 5 to 12 can win up to $700 in this video contest managed by the Coalition of State Bioscience Institutes. Enter by May 22Learn more.

  
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