nuSTEM Newsletter 4 (4/10 – 4/17) – Civil Engineering

Welcome to Week 4!
This week we will be doing a deeper dive into our first engineering disciple, which for this week is Civil Engineering!

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In this newsletter you will be introduced to a STEM topic and find a related-activity to work on during the week (please share your results with us!). In addition, we will introduce a Northeastern faculty member working on related research and post some interesting links to related content.

Resource Highlight

  • Future City Competition
    Future City Competition (successor to West Point Bridge Design competition) is a project-based learning program where students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades imagine, research, design, and build cities of the future. This is a competition; teams all over the world compete, including our local New England Region. You can participate in the activities without being on a team as well.
  • ASCE – Covid 19 Resources
    ASCE is the American Society of Civil Engineering, a professional society of civil engineers. There’s a variety of resources on their website, but they also have a dedicated COVID-19 page: “During these difficult times, ASCE is committed to supporting the entire civil engineering community. With that in mind, ASCE Collaborate resources will be available without a membership login.” These resources are great – and specifically tailored to civil engineering.

Web Resources for K-12 Students and Parents

In addition to the resource highlight above, which is tied directly to the Newsletter topic, we will also highlight two new web resources each week.

  1. Dyson’s Challenge Cards
    The James Dyson Foundation, Dyson (the appliance manufacturer)’s charitable/outreach arm has created 22 engineering and 22 science activities for children to try out while at home during the coronavirus pandemic: “Can you skewer a balloon without popping it? Coat a nail in copper? What happens when you plug a clock into a potato?”. Each card includes an introduction video and instructions.
  2. Generation Genius
    Generation Genius is a resource for online, standards-based, K-5 science lessons, videos, reading material, quiz games, etc. Some things are available for free, for access to everything there are yearly plans (with a pro-rated/short term subscription available until Aug 31).

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