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The Great Pacific Garbage Patch
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch (GPGP) is an interesting and somewhat publicized environmental problem. A swirling soup of trash up to 10 meters deep and just below the surface of the waters is composed mainly of non-degradable plastics. These plastic materials trap aquatic life and poison them either by physical blockage or as carriers of toxic pollutants. The problem relates to materials science and the advent of plastics in modern life, a case of technology having unintended consequences. Stu
Author(s): University of Houston,

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Light Scavengers
In this activity, students examine various materials and investigate how they interact with light. Students use five new vocabulary words (translucent, transparent, opaque, reflection and refraction) to describe how light interacts with the objects.
Author(s): Integrated Teaching and Learning Program,

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Engineer a Sneaker
The goal is for students to understand the basics of engineering that go into the design of a sneaker. The bottom or sole of a sneaker provides support, cushioning, and traction. In addition the sole is flexible and can have some fashion based functions such as cool colors and added height. The sneaker is a well-engineered product, utilizing a variety of materials to create a highly functional, useful shoe. This unit focuses on having the students select specific design requirements, such as goo
Author(s): Making the Connection ,

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Energy Intelligence Agency
An active way for students to find a few critical facts about how we use energy and how much energy we use. Each student has a “clue”, some of which are pertinent energy facts and others are silly statements that are clearly not related. The students ask each other for clues and mingle until they have collected all the facts they need. This provides a more interactive way to communicate energy statistics without a lecture and introduction with board work. The goal is to introduce students to
Author(s): Office of Educational Partnerships,

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Energy Forms, States and Conversions
The students participate in many demonstrations during the first day of this lesson to learn basic concepts related to the forms and states of energy. This knowledge is then applied the second day as they assess various everyday objects to determine what forms of energy are transformed to accomplish the object’s intended task. The students use block diagrams to illustrate the form and state of energy flowing into and out of the process.
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Security System Design
Students apply everything they have learned about light properties and laser technologies to designing, constructing and presenting laser-based security systems that protect the school’s mummified troll. In the associated activity, students “test their mettle” by constructing their security system using a PVC pipe frame, lasers and mirrors. In the lesson, students “go public” by creating informational presentations that explain their systems, and serve as embedded assessment, testing e
Author(s): VU Bioengineering RET Program, School of Engineeri

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Induced EMF in a coil of wire
Students use a simple set up consisting of a coil of wire and a magnet to visualize induced EMF. First, students move a coil of wire near a magnet and observe the voltage that results. They then experiment with moving the wire, magnet, and a second, current carrying coil. Students connect the coil to a circuit and the current from the induced EMF charges a conductor.
Author(s): VU Bioengineering RET Program, School of Engineeri

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Changing Fields
This lesson begins with an activity in which students induce EMF in a coil of wire using magnetic fields. Then, demonstrations on Eddy currents show how a magnetic field can slow magnets just as Eddy currents are used to slow large trains. There is then a demonstration in which a loop “jumps” because of a changing magnetic field. Finally, formal lecture reviews the cross product with respect to magnetic force and introduces magnetic flux, Faraday’s law of Induction, Lenz’s Law, Eddy curr
Author(s): VU Bioengineering RET Program, School of Engineeri

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Light It Up
Through an introduction to the design of lighting systems and the electromagnetic spectrum, students learn about the concept of daylighting as well as two types of light bulbs (lamps) often used in energy-efficient lighting design. Students learn how the application of something as simple, and free, as natural light can help them improve the future of generations to come.
Author(s): Integrated Teaching and Learning Program,

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Making a Liquid Xylophone
Students design musical instruments inspired by what they learn in an experiment with beakers of different liquids. In the “research and investigate” stage of design, they experiment to determine the general relationship between pitch (frequency) and liquid density. They use their results to draw designs for instruments that can create sound at several different pitches.
Author(s): Electrical and Computer Engineering Department,

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Soil Investigations
Students learn the basics about soil, including its formation, characteristics and importance. They are also introduced to soil profiles and how engineers conduct site investigations to learn about soil quality for development, contamination transport, and assessing the general environmental health of an area.
Author(s): Integrated Teaching and Learning Program,

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Faulty Movement
In this activity, students are introduced to faults. They will learn about different kinds of faults and understand their relationship to earthquakes. The students will build cardboard models of the three different types of faults as they learn about how earthquakes are formed.
Author(s): Integrated Teaching and Learning Program,

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Let’s Move It!
Students explore methods employing simple machines likely used in ancient pyramid building, as well as common modern-day material transportation. They learn about the wheel and axle as a means to transport materials from rock quarry to construction site. They also learn about different types and uses of a lever for purposes of transport. In an open-ended design activity, students choose from everyday materials to engineer a small-scale cart and lever system to convey pyramid-building materials.
Author(s): Integrated Teaching and Learning Program,

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Boxed In and Wrapped Up
Students find the volume and surface area of a rectangular box (e.g., a cereal box), and then figure out how to convert that box into a new, cubical box having the same volume as the original. As they construct the new, cube-shaped box from the original box material, students discover that the cubical box has less surface area than the original, and thus, a cube is a more efficient way to package things. Students then consider why consumer goods generally aren’t packaged in cube-shaped boxes,
Author(s): Engineering K-Ph.D. Program,

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Master's student CuiCui Chen examines the future role of biofuels
Researchers from the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change describe their research and why it is important
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Master's student Paul Kishimoto makes complex climate and economic models user-friendly
Researchers from the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change describe their research and why it is important
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Part 3, "Behave!" Censoring Game Sex
Part 3,""Behave!" Censoring Game Sex" Depictions of sex have a long history of being controversial in any medium, and here we are going to take a look at, discuss, and even****play** some examples from the history of video games. How has this evolving medium depicted the sex act, both visually and interactively, and how has this been shaped by the rise of game rating systems, both in the U.S. and in other parts of the world? Why do some people find these games even more objectionable th
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EVER '11: Pneu Scooter and RazEr rEVolution
Pneu Scooter and RazEr rEVolution cruising outside of the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco for the EVER '11 Conference and Exhibition on Ecological Vehicles and Renewable Energies. These are electric kick scooters with custom-built rear wheel hub motors.

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