December 2017 
Play Days
toy bear on sled

Humans learn through play. But did your ever wonder who puts the action into superheros and sleds? Americans spend $20 million a year on toys, and companies need electrical, industrial, mechanical, and safety engineers to develop new products and improve old favorites. This month's activity will tap your toy designers' empathy. Bonus: Can they silence a jingle bell? Happy holidays!
sensory integration home-based intervention in Vietnam

Students in grades 6 to 9 learn about the human sensory system and then follow the engineering design process to create sensory-integration toys for youngsters with developmental disabilities.


RELATED LESSONS
   
Season's Greetings!  Jingle Bell Challenge (PreK-5)
Funny Putty (Grades 1 - 8)
Build A Toy Workshop (Grades 3-5)
Break It Down (Grades 5-8)
DIY Magnetic Silly Putty (Grades 1-12)

Holiday Extra Credit: Greeting Card Assembly Line
WowWee Fingerling monkeys

They grasp fingers, sleep in your palm, and break wind when their heads are squeezed. Meet Fingerlings, cute little robotic monkeys created in Canada that rocketed to the top of the toy charts this holiday season - thanks to engineers. 

Ohio State engineering students at Toy Adaptation Workshop ASEE Annual Conference June 2017

Like engineers in Santa's workshop, Ohio State University students and faculty are working with families in a unique Toy Adaptation Program to "hack" popular electronic toys so that children with special needs can enjoy them.


Photo from toy adaptation workshop at ASEE's 2017 annual conference
Extreme Event Game log

"It started out as a beautiful day, but in a disaster, anything can happen at any time..." So begins Extreme Event, a free, hour-long role-playing game from the National Academy of Sciences' Marian Koshland Science Museum designed to help students use science to address climate change, health, and other problems.

Announcements
 
NSF's Generation Nano.  --  Students in grades 6-12 vie to win scholarships by creating comics or short videos about their STEM superheroes. Submit by Jan. 8. Learn more.

GEM-ASEE Engineering Research Showcase.-- Doctoral students, postdocs, and new faculty are invited to present and connect with federal and academic employers Jan. 23-4. Learn more.

EngineerGirl! Essay Contest. --  Engineering for Your Community is the theme for this year's contest for boys and girls in grades 3-12. Entries due  Feb. 1.   Learn more.

Wearable Device Challenge. -- Fashion sense takes on a whole new meaning in NC State's contest for middle and high school students. Register by Feb. 15.  Learn more. 

Best STEM Books. -- From women computer pioneers to the Slinky, NSTA's inaugural list celebrates engineering design and persistence.  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. 



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