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22JAN
 

Spread Your Wings

free wingspan banner

How do you connect learners of all ages with birds that they only see high up in trees, or flying far overhead? One way is letting learners measure their own armspread against a migratory bird's wingspan. To do this, you can download a free pattern for a 14-foot wide wingspan banner, created by Georgia's Department of Natural Resources. 

8JAN
 

FREE New Human Body App

Discover how the body really works

What keeps the blood in your body moving in one direction? How do your lungs pull air in and push air out? Why does your nose make sticky snot while your intestines make smelly gas? Discover how your body really works with the new, free DIY Human Body app. The app uses everyday items to let you explore your body's complex machinery in 13 fun, hands-on STEM activities.

4JAN
 

Engineering Everywhere

Celebrate Engineering Week

No day goes by without engineering touching our lives. How does engineering help when we play sports or music, ride in an elevator, check the weather forecast, drive over a bridge, vote in an election, and go through a typical day? Find out with engineering activities from Howtosmile.org during Engineers Week, February 22-28. 

31DEC
 

Ocean Cleanup 2015

Investigate plastic ocean pollution for Earth Day 45

If you do one thing for the environment in 2015, it could be to help clean up and prevent plastic trash from polluting our oceans. More than 5 trillion pieces of plastic may be floating—and sinking deeper—in the world's oceans, according to scientists. This marine debris includes toys, toothbrushes, bottles, plastic bags, fishing nets and other items that break down into smaller pieces and are carried around the globe by ocean currents and waves.

30DEC
 

Working in Space

3-D printing, heating and cooling

The advent of 3-D printing is transforming how astronauts work in space. Recently, astronauts on the International Space Station created a tool known as a ratchet wrench, by printing it on the space station's own 3-D printer. A design file sent electronically from NASA on Earth to the ISS instructed the printer to create the wrench from 104 successive layers of plastic. 

30DEC
 

Earth Day Time Capsule

Capture Earth Day 45

Time capsules can cover a calendar year like 2014, or capture a special day like Earth Day. In 2015, Earth Day 45 will take place on Wednesday, April 22. From now until then, you can collect items to create an Earth Day time capsule, with the Howtosmile.org activity Create Your Own Time Capsule. Gather items like photos of endangered species—will they still be endangered when you open your time capsule?

20DEC
 

Howtosmile.org app for the Holidays

SMILE app and holiday math activities

This holiday season, you can take Howtosmile.org with you wherever you are—on a trip to see family and friends, at winter break camp, on the museum or science center floor, even on "stay-cation." The Howtosmile.org mobile app gives you immediate access to Howtosmile.org activities any time or anywhere.

Want to try some SMILE math fun with a holiday flair?

14DEC
 

Light Year

2015 International Year of Light

Turn on your cell phone and the screen lights up for you to see. Flip a switch and a room turns from dark to bright. Decorate your home with winter holiday candles and lights, or watch fireworks light up the sky on July 4th...Light and light-based technologies affect every day and nearly every part of our lives. Often we take light for granted, but in 2015 the world will be paying a lot more attention during the International Year of Light and Light-Based Technologies. 

8DEC
 

Engineering Video Contest

NAE challenge

How can engineering meet the future’s toughest challenges? Create a 1-2 minute video to answer this question, and enter  the Engineering For You 2 Video Contest. Grand prize for the most inspiring video is $25,000. Entry deadline is March 2, 2015.

5DEC
 

Sports and Engineering Essay Contest

How do engineers change how we play sports?

What's your favorite sport? Tennis? Running? Ice hockey? Whatever it is, engineering probably has a lot to do with playing, scoring or training for that sport. Whether it's tennis nanotech, high-speed cameras for photo-finish races, or the best-flex hockey stick materials, show what you know about the sports/engineering connection by entering the 2015 EngineerGirl Essay Contest.

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