Reminder: Olympic & Paralympic Engineering, Robotic Free-Shot Phenom & More

Introduce engineering with sports, student app challenges & more!
August – Olympic Engineering – 2021
Dazzling drone display during Olympic Opening Ceremony | Tokyo Olympics | NBC Sports
From a dazzling drone display (above) to discus-fetching cleanup robots and ultra-vivid 5G video enhancements, engineering triumphed at the Tokyo Olympics. So did the engineer-athletes who vied for medals. The 2020 Summer Games, delayed for a year and devoid of fans due to the COVID-19 pandemic, featured skateboarding and other new sports. Your designers will know no bounds doing this month’s activities. Watch them go for the gold!
ACTIVITY: An Olympic Intro to Engineering
BONUS: Explore the science and engineering of the Olympics and Paralympics – including the athletes who compete in them – with Changing the Games, NBC Learn’s latest series of nine videos featuring beach volleyball and other sports from the Tokyo Games.

The NBC Learn playlist includes:

Students in grades 3 to 5 learn about basic principles of engineering through a series of 12 hands-on activities and lessons related to the Olympics and sports, including designing venues and protective gear.

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Olympics Matching Game (Grades K-2)
Pedal Power (grades 3-8)
Design a Sneaker (Grades 5-7)
Can Do Canoe (Grades 3-12)
Tennis, Anyone? (Grades 3-12)
Design a Robotic Basketball Player (5-12)
Measuring Velocity (Grades 6-12)

FEATURE: Humanoid Hoopster Is Olympics Big Shot
A homegrown humanoid hoopster was the riveting rookie at the Tokyo Olympics. Built by Toyota engineers for fun, CUE5 stole the show by nailing free shots and three pointers during half-time at the opening USA-France basketball game.

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Engineering Students Go For Olympic Gold
Tokyo Olympic Medals Made from e-Waste
Powerhouse on Wheels: Paralympic Athlete and Engineering Researcher Rory Cooper
South Korea Wins Gold…in Robotics (2018 Winter Games)
Smart Broom Sweeps Curling (2018 Winter Games)
RESEARCH to PRACTICE: Engaging STEM Students through Sports
Don’t wait for the next Olympics – whether the 2020 Summer Paralympics that start later this month or the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing – to engage your STEM students through sports.

Beyond instilling fundamental principles such as forces and motion, sports-focused engineering design challenges can improve teamwork and other crucial professional skills, according to the Institute of Competition Sciences.

These eGFI Teachers activities and other resources will help you up your game, no matter what season!

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DIVERSIONS: Engineering Icons

Planning a road trip this summer? Whether you’re heading to a beach, national park, or grandma’s house, there are plenty of engineering landmarks to admire along the way — including the interstate highway system along which most travelers must pass. Check out eGFI’s list of engineering destinations worth braking for!

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Student Contests & Summer STEM Programs
Congressional App Challenge 2021

U.S. middle and high school students in congressional districts nationwide gain hands-on practice with coding and computer science by designing apps. Apps due Nov. 1, 2021.

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Paid Summer Science & Engineering Apprenticeships for H.S. Students

U.S. high school students 16 years old and up have an opportunity to work on a real research project with scientists and engineers over the summer at one of several Naval Research Labs around the country, receiving a stipend of $3,500 to $4,000. Applications are due Nov. 1, 2021.

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International Space Apps Challenge

Billed as the largest annual hackathon in the world, NASA’s 10th annual International Space Apps Challenge invites students, educators, scientists, technicians, artists, and other interested parties to develop apps using open-source data. Nine other space agencies, including in Japan, Bahrain, and Europe, are participating. This year’s challenge will be held virtually on October 2-3, 2021.

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Microsoft Imagine Cup

Registration is now open for this global technology competition in which students aged 16 and older vie to create an innovative software solution that involves at least one Microsoft Azure component.

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Educator Resources, Grants & Opportunities
TeachEngineering Online Professional Development for P-12 Teachers

LAST CALL: Learn skills to integrate engineering and design in your PreK-12 STEM classes with digital. ASEE-endorsed professional development workshops from TeachEngineering, the University of Colorado Boulder’s digital library of teacher-tested, research-based engineering curricula.
Final two-day workshop covers engineering prototyping and pedagogy skills and tools August 11-12.

Sign up and learn more HERE.