Deborah Lee Rose's blog

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. 

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.

10NOV
 

Interstellar STEM

films can inspire space STEM exploration

Blockbuster sci-fi movies like Interstellar and Gravity and bestselling novels like The Martian raise many questions about space travel and human survival on other worlds. What happens to time during long space voyages? How will astronauts handle emergencies with limited supplies and equipment? Where might humans find another Earthlike planet to colonize? How would they survive there? At Howtosmile.org, learners think like scientists and engineers to explore such challenges through both hands-on and online activities.

5NOV
 

SMILE turns 4!

Nearly 4,000 activities in 28 languages

Howtosmile.org celebrates its 4th anniversary this month! Launched in 2010 at the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) annual conference in Honolulu, Hawaii, SMILE has grown to nearly 4,000 STEM activities from more than 150 source institutions, in 28 languages. The free Howtosmile.org iPhone app gives users immediate access to SMILE activities any time, anywhere.  

26OCT
 

Disease Detectives

Understanding epidemics

Despite major news coverage of ebola, many student learners and adults may still know very little about disease transmission and epidemics. Howtsmile.org activities that model how infectious diseases spread, how medical detectives investigate them, and how disease transmission can be blocked increase understanding of health risks to both individuals and large populations.

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