Math, Physics, and Engineering Applets
“These are some educational java applets I wrote to help visualize various concepts in math, physics, and engineering. You should be able to view them with any Java-capable browser. “
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Appropedia is for collaborative solutions in sustainability, appropriate technology and poverty reduction. “
Apollo 13 – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
“En route to the Moon, approximately 200,000 miles (320,000 km) from Earth, Mission Control asked Swigert to turn on the hydrogen and oxygen tank stirring fans, which were designed to destratify the cryogenic contents and increase the accuracy of their quantity readings. Approximately 93 seconds later, just under 56 hours since launch, the astronauts heard a “loud bang”, accompanied by fluctuations in electrical power and firing of the attitude control thrusters. The crew initially thought that a meteoroid might have struck the Lunar Module (LM).”
Play Games – TryEngineering
“Sometimes the best way to understand what engineers do is to try your hand at it! The following are links to several engineering games on the internet to give you a first hand try at the problem solving skills engineers employ every day!”
Lesson Plans – TryEngineering
“TryEngineering offers a variety of lesson plans that align with education standards to allow teachers and students to apply engineering principles in the classroom. “
“Nine Themes of Digital Citizenship
Digital citizenship can be defined as the norms of appropriate, responsible behavior with regard to technology use. “
GLOBE at Night – Home page
GLOBE at Night is a worldwide, hands-on science and education program for primary and secondary schools. The GLOBE at Night project encourages citizen-scientists worldwide to record the brightness of the night sky. During four select sets of dates, children and adults match the appearance of a constellation (Orion or Leo in the northern hemisphere, and Orion and Crux in the southern hemisphere) with seven star charts of progressively fainter stars. The map is located at http://www.globeatnight.org. Participants then submit their choice of star chart online with their date, time and location to help create a light-pollution map worldwide.
Cargo Bridge – ENGINEERING.com | Games & Puzzles
“Build a bridge and test your construction skills. Help your workers collect items located on the other side of the valley.
Build a bridge using the components and the budget available. Once it is done, click “Test your bridge” to see if it will sustain the weight of the workers and the cargo. Your workers will use it to get items located at the other side of valley, and bring them back to the shop. Your goal is to collect all items in level.”
Teacher Resources – The Works
“Elementary Engineering Curricula & Resources”
Engineering is Elementary® | Educator Resources – Login
“Content Connections Multimedia Resources Supporting Documents Student Assessments”
John F. Kennedy Space Center – Apollo 13
“Saturday, April 11, 1970 at 13:13 CST. At five and a half minutes after liftoff, Swigert, Haise, and Lovell felt a little vibration. Then the center engine of the S-II stage shut down two minutes early. This caused the remaining four engines to burn 34 seconds longer than planned, and the S-IVB third stage had to burn nine seconds longer to put Apollo 13 in orbit. “
I2Mag – Internet & Design Inspiration Magazine
Original Research Studies: Generation STEM
“The study finds that girls are interested in STEM and aspire to STEM careers, but need further exposure and education about what STEM careers can offer, and how STEM can help girls make a difference in the world.”
Careers in Aerospace Welcome
“Aerospace is one of the most diverse industries when it comes to career opportunities. Whatever your talents, aerospace could be for you: whether you are into design, knowing how things work and finding ways to improve them; if you are practically minded and hands-on; whether you have a passion for business or policy-making; we believe that in aerospace, there really is something for everyone!”
Engineering is Elementary | Engineering Adventures: Units
“All of our units guide kids to use the Engineering Design Process to help them engineer solutions to problems.”
“All of the simulations below were made using GeoGebra. Geogebra is free mathematics software for teaching and learning. It is an amazing program that is not hard to learn how to use. Simulations created with GeoGebra can be saved as html and run through any web browser with Java. “
How would humans respond to first contact from an alien world?
“According to Star Trek lore, it is only 51 years until humans encounter their first contact with an alien species. In the movie “Star Trek: First Contact,” on April 5, 2063, Vulcans pay a visit to an Earth recovering from a war-torn period. But will such a planet-wide, history-changing event ever really take place?”
Thomas Edison’s Greatest Invention: Innovation Itself?
“But Edison’s greatest legacy may be as a founder of modern innovation, the process of turning an invention idea into a fully realized and patented commercial product. His early knack for entrepreneurial success gave him the wealth and investor backing to transform small inventor’s workshops into the huge research-and-development laboratories of today. He even helped found U.S. military labs such as the Naval Research Laboratory.”
Mobile Lorm Glove Helps Deaf-Blind People Text Message
“So far the products produced using remote-touch technology, such as hug shirts and kiss phones, may seem creepy, but here’s one that sounds helpful instead. The Mobile Lorm Glove, a prototype created by a lab in the University of Arts Berlin, transmits the touch alphabet used by some people who are both deaf and blind, called Lorm. “
Flight – ENGINEERING.com | Games & Puzzles
“Throw a paper plane as far as you can. Collect points and upgrade your plane so you can throw it even further.
Use the mouse to pick up and throw the plane.”
“Please let me remind all of you–this material is copyrighted. Though partially funded by NASA, it is still a private site. Therefore, before using our materials in any form, electronic or otherwise, you need to ask permission.”
Kathryn’s Report: Salvation of a Spitfire: For 40 years it lay decaying but thanks to one man’s passion (and £3m) it’s soaring again
“The Mk1 Supermarine Spitfire — one of just three in existence which are still airworthy — has been completely rebuilt using original Spitfire parts salvaged from aircraft which flew in the Battle of Britain.
Its reconstruction was made possible only after a team of some 30 dedicated restorers gathered the parts from more than 20 aircraft enthusiasts from all over the UK.”
Osprey — the ultimate fisher – YouTube
First sequence, he catches half a dozen fish in one strike.
Second sequence, he plunges talons into deep water right to the bottom to grab his prey.
Third sequence, he captures a big old fat fish that looks as if it weighs more than he does!
[Notice also how the fish is turned to offer minimum wind resistance]
Incredible photography (best viewed in full screen mode)!
The beauty of pollination – YouTube
“That is the most beautiful film I have ever seen. And to think…these are the Noble Creatures that Monsanto and other giant pesticide makers are destroying with neonicotinoid pesticides with the full approval of the Environmental Protection Agency. GMO crops sprayed with glyphosate and other deadly pesticides are killing these beautiful bees, bats, hummingbirds and so many other insects. Can’t we just figure out a Monsantocide and save these beauties?”
Apollo 13 oxygen tank explodes — History.com This Day in History — 4/13/1970
“On April 13, 1970, disaster strikes 200,000 miles from Earth when oxygen tank No. 2 blows up on Apollo 13, the third manned lunar landing mission. Astronauts James A. Lovell, John L. Swigert, and Fred W. Haise had left Earth two days before for the Fra Mauro highlands of the moon but were forced to turn their attention to simply making it home alive.
Mission commander Lovell reported to mission control on Earth: “Houston, we’ve had a problem here,” and it was discovered that the normal supply of oxygen, electricity, light, and water had been disrupted. “
Five Ways to Bring High-Tech Ideas into Low-Tech Classrooms | MindShift
“high-tech ideas can translate and be relevant in low-tech environments.”
GLOBE at Night – Observe Lat/Long
“In order to report your observation of the night sky, you will need to know the geographic coordinates for your location, your latitude and longitude (Lat/Long). There will be an interactive lat/long locator available when entering your observations online at the “Report” page of this site.”
Engineering Activities for the Elementary Classroom | eHow.com
“Understanding the engineering process means understanding the way things work and how technology helps advance society. Leading children through engineering discoveries is to lead children through natural curiosity and learning experiences. “