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 Celebrating stem

From How? to Wow!

How to get kids excited about STEM? Make it fun and give it a high profile. That's what's happening this October on Washington D.C.'s National Mall, at the USA Science & Engineering Festival. Join this celebration of all that's new in tech and science - or start planning your own fair, competition, or expo. Get students in the mood for a hands-on challenge by having them tackle that classic puzzle, the Rubik's Cube.

Who can resist fiddling with the Rubik's Cube? In this lesson, as students in grades 9-12 learn to solve the cube, mixing up and then re-aligning each of its sides, they gain concepts of solid geometry and practice skills of sequencing, memorization, and problem solving.

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Kicking off with a songfest and building up to a huge expo with 1,500 exhibits and activities on the National Mall, the two-week series of events at the USA Science and Engineering Festival is an Oktoberfest of the mind.

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New data from the ACT college entrance exam reveal that it may be quite a challenge to meet the goal to prepare all U.S. high school students for college or careers. Only 24 percent of this year's senior class scored high enough on the ACT in math, English, reading, and science to ensure they could handle those subjects as university freshmen.

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Attention, teachers: We've just launched a new Facebook page called Teach K-12 Engineering with eGFI! On it you'll find more lesson plans, class activities, feature stories, and K-12 education news. Check it out and tell us what you think!

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