June 2017 
Hit the Beach!
Castles in the sand? With 39 percent of Americans living along increasingly vulnerable coastlines, that could describe many homes. Hurricanes and erosion have devastated communities from New Jersey to California, prompting engineers to design ways to buffer beaches and boost "resilience." Your problem solvers will plunge into policy with this month's activity. See who makes a splash!
unutual beach breakwater

Students in grades 3 to 8 study beach erosion and then apply the engineering design process to devise ways to protect coastlines that take public concerns into account.

Sand and Water (Grades 3-8)
Tsunami Survival (Grades 3-8)
Prevent Shore Erosion (Grades 6-12)
Who Moved the Beach? (Grades 9-12)

student making oyster bags to protect Gandys Bay

Like many New Jersey shore communities, Gandy's Beach was devastated by Hurricane Sandy in 2012. The solution? Engage schools in a real-world restoration project: building a living breakwater from bags of old shells to protect both oyster beds and shorelines from future storm damage.

sea turtle NOAA Planet Arcade

Cloud classification, coastal environments, and sea turtles and their quest to nest are among the interactive online games highlighting environmental science and stewardship on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Planet Arcade portal.

Extra Credit;  inquiry-based science lessons from the University of Hawai'i, Manoa.
asee 2016 k12 workshop

Wind turbines, artistic play-dough circuits, and a curriculum showcase are among the hands-on sessions at ASEE's annual PreK-12 Workshop. Join us JUNE 24  in Columbus, Ohio , for a full day of engaging professional learning... for as little as $35! 

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blackboard with chalk thought bubble

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!

Learn More

K-12 Engineering Education Certificate. -- Tufts University's online graduate program is designed to help busy STEM teachers integrate hands-on problem solving. 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.

STEM Teacher Retreat in Aggieland, -- Join Texas A&M and ASEE June 19-23 for an immersive workshop built around flying machines. Learn more. 

Lever Engineering. -- Knowles Science Teaching Foundation hosts two ASEE-endorsed courses on integrating design challenges in STEM, Register by June 15. Learn more.
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