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Girls Soar in Aerospace and Technology

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To some people, the phrase "helicopter parent" means a mother or father overprotecting their child. But to John Hall of the American Helicopter Museum and Education Center, the link between helicopters and families has a very different meaning. As a school psychologist who chairs the museum's education committee, Hall sees helicopters as a major tool in helping families encourage girls to pursue careers in technology.

Scientists Were Kids Too

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Scientists were kids once themselves—kids who wondered, kids who tinkered, kids who made mistakes. Connect Howtosmile.org activities with biographies of scientists and mathematicians for library summer reading programs like Fizz, Boom, READ! and Bedtime Summer of Numbers. 

Homeschool.com names Howtosmile.org a Top 100 Website

Homeschool.com has named Howtosmile.org one of the Top 100 Educational Websites for the second year in a row. Science educator Cassandra Byrd at San Francisco's Exploratorium agrees totally. She uses the Howtosmile.org collection, including several hundred activities from The Exploratorium, as a major STEM resource to develop workshops for homeschoolers.

Pizza Math and Science

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From trendy pizza trucks to gluten free crust, not to mention that alltime favorite—plain cheese—pizza is a must-have meal for millions. Turn any pizza party (real or pretend) into tasty math and science with activities from Howtosmile.org. In Pizza Party, practice simple fractions to make sure everyone gets an equal piece of the pie. 

Engineers Week February 16-22

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Engineers Week, now known as DiscoverE, may be the first time a learner tries a hands-on engineering activity or starts thinking about an engineering career. Howtosmile.org has nearly 900 activities that can introduce learners to engineering specialties including aerospace, chemical, computer, electrical, environmental, nanotechnology and nuclear engineering.

You Go Girl Engineer

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From updated science and technology content for Girl Scouts' badges, to a growing calendar of engineering-themed events for girls, future women engineers are getting the message "You go girl!" With 37 activities from the PBS SciGirls TV show, girls can take on engineering challenges like designing a piece of high-tech LED fashion, building a mechanical arm, testing a model solar house, and much more at Howtosmile.org.

Zip a Zipper

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Zipping a zipper is simple, right? Not if you're zipping as part of a Rube Goldberg Machine Contest. In 2014, teams of students nationwide and internationally will compete to engineer the most complicated, ingenious machine they can to zip a simple zipper. That's the prizewinning goal for contestants in the Rube Goldberg Machine Contests for high school and college and the International Online Rube Goldberg Machine contest for ages 11-14.