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TryEngineering has partnered with Laser Classroom to bring you an exciting new lesson on optical engineering. The goal of this lesson is to provide students with an open-ended opportunity to explore and work with the materials, make and share observations, and build a foundational understanding of the relationship between gelatin shapes and light. Open-ended exploration encourages creativity and problem solving useful to meet the final challenge of designing a lens system to improve vision.

Check out the lesson here: http://tryengineering.org/lesson-plans/an-eye-optics

August 18, 2017 | Inspirations

On Tuesday, August 15th, kids in twenty different countries broke the record by joining in the Moonhack event. Moonhack is an Australian record setting hackathon that wants to get kids interested in coding. Kids had one day to write code for something in one of Moonhack’s coding platforms. The only rule was that their animations, games, or websites feature a moon somewhere in their design. Kids also had the option to complete a Moonhack project using one of three programs: Scratch Jr, Scratch, or Python. This year, kids doubled the Moonhack record from 2016, bringing it from 10,207 to 28,575 participants. 

August 9, 2017 | Articles

The Girl Scouts of America just released 23 new badges for STEM education and the outdoors. The new badges include fields like engineering, computer science, and robotics. In the process of earning these badges, girl scouts and brownies will learn scientific concepts like meteorology and how to navigate in the wilderness. The Girl Scouts of America are hoping to get young girls interested in STEM education at a young age so that they are prepared for today’s scientific and technical workforce.

August 9, 2017 | Games

Code Combat is a platform for students to learn coding while playing a real game. Play the game here


August 9, 2017 | Games

Play Disaster Detector and learn how to defend your cities from natural disasters like earthquakes, volcanoes, tornadoes, and hurricanes! Play the game here!

Google Street View has launched into space to give people a look at the inside of the International Space Station. The ISS is a large spacecraft that orbits the earth where astronauts from around the world live and conduct scientific research. Google Street View’s new location allows the everyday individual to explore the spacecraft and learn more about its functions and features. Start exploring here.

August 2, 2017 | Student Opportunities

The total solar eclipse is set to take place on August 21 this summer, stretching across the United States from Oregon to South Carolina. Download the free Globe Observer app and help NASA collect scientific data during the eclipse as part of the citizen science program. During an eclipse, animals, plants, and environmental conditions are affected, with changes in temperature and clouds. Following the instructions on the app, NASA wants your help in measuring the air temperature in your area so that they can use this data to learn more about the environmental effects of a total solar eclipse. See this video by the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center for more information:

August 2, 2017 | Student Resources

Astronomers always have an eye to the sky. Watch this explanatory video produced by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory to learn more about the technology used to track asteroids as they near earth.


Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute created a new interactive tool to help beginner robotics students and experts make their own custom robots. With a drag and drop interface, the tool provides roboticists with a physical simulation environment where they can test out their robots before constructing them. There is also an auto-complete feature which assembles the components based on the decided arrangements. The tool was developed by Ruta Desai, a robotics Ph.D. student, along with Assistant Professor Stelian Coros, and master’s student Ye Yuan. The team presented their project report at the 2017 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation in Singapore. Check out the video by the Carnegie Mellon Robotics Institute to see how it works. 


Future City is a project-based learning program for middle school students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades. They will work as a team to research, design, and build their imagined cities of the future. Student teams need to complete five parts– design a SimCity, research and write a description of the city, build a model, develop a project plan, and present their city to the judges. Most teams work together to create their city idea and then divide up the work depending on a teammate’s interests and skills. The winning team from each Regional Finals will win a free trip to compete in the national competition in Washington, D.C. National winners can win a cash donation to their school’s STEM program and a trip to Space Camp. Registrationfor the 2017-2018 competition closes October 31, 2017. So share this link with your teacher and ask them to register online as your team leader today!


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