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Dr. Catherine Mohr: Disruptive Inventor & Surgical Roboticist - IEEE Technical Community Spotlight Dr. Catherine Mohr did not plan to become an engineer, nor did she anticipate matriculating in medical school. Now an asset to both fields, Mohr, Director of Medical Research at Intuitive Surgical, evaluates new technologies for incorporation into the next generation, translating complicated medical terms for use in application by engineers, and putting engineering concepts into context so that they can be better understood by practicing surgeons. “I joke that I am trilingual!” Perhaps few people are better positioned to do so. While working on a friend’s solar car racing team, Mohr experienced her moment of truth: “I discovered how much I loved tinkering, making things, learning how to build something. Mohr realized how much she had loved the operating room in the past, when she had been given several opportunities to observe some surgical device cases. And medical technology continues to evolve, with Mohr positioned on the forefront, admittedly opportunistic. Resource Links:

Edheads Lesson Plans - National Wildlife Federation The lesson plans presented here are a sampling from NWF's collection of over 1,000 lesson plans designed to introduce students to life science, ecology, wildlife biology, scientific identification and observation. All lesson plans are aligned to the National Science Education Standards. Check back regularly! We will be continually adding to our online library of resources for educators, beginning with the addition of lesson plans from our NatureScope series. Habitat Lessons designed to introduce students to concepts of ecology, habitat care and species identification: Energy Conservation Lessons designed to engage student in learning good conservation techniques and practices to use at home and at school: Energy Conservation: Did I Remember To… (grades 4-6) Ecosystems Lessons that explore ecosystems within the United States: ArcticWatersheds Wildlife Lessons that introduce students to wildlife and wildlife behavior:

DESIGN SQUAD NATION . Home Come play again later! Come play again tomorrow! Lesson: No Valve in Vain Posted on February 8th, 2013 by Mary Lord Lesson from TeachEngineering.org. Contributed by the Techtronics Program, Pratt School of Engineering, Duke University. Note: This activity, part of a teachengineering curricular unit on Engineering and the Human Body that includes a lesson on the heart, could be enhanced with two preliminary heart-valve activities – Engineering the Heart and Saving a Life: Valve replacement Grade level: 6 – 8Time: 90 minutes Summary In this activity, teams of middle school “biomedical engineers” will learn about the engineering design process and how a one-way valve works by creating heart valves from tape, plastic tubing and a variety of other materials. Learning Objectives After doing this activity, students should be able to: Standards International Technology and Engineering Educators Association E. National Science Education Standards Form and function are complementary aspects of objects, organisms, and systems in the natural and designed world. Materials Procedure

The future of jobs: The onrushing wave IN 1930, when the world was “suffering…from a bad attack of economic pessimism”, John Maynard Keynes wrote a broadly optimistic essay, “Economic Possibilities for our Grandchildren”. It imagined a middle way between revolution and stagnation that would leave the said grandchildren a great deal richer than their grandparents. But the path was not without dangers. One of the worries Keynes admitted was a “new disease”: “technological unemployment…due to our discovery of means of economising the use of labour outrunning the pace at which we can find new uses for labour.” His readers might not have heard of the problem, he suggested—but they were certain to hear a lot more about it in the years to come. For the most part, they did not. For much of the 20th century, those arguing that technology brought ever more jobs and prosperity looked to have the better of the debate. When the sleeper wakes Be that as it may, drudgery may soon enough give way to frank unemployment. The lathe of heaven

Straw Bridges - Activity - www.teachengineering.org Summary Working as engineering teams, students design and create model beam bridges using plastic drinking straws and tape as their construction materials. Their goal is to build the strongest bridge with a truss pattern of their own design, while meeting the design criteria and constraints. They experiment with different geometric shapes and determine how shapes affect the strength of materials. Let the competition begin! Engineering Connection Beam bridges are the most common type of bridge designed by engineers and relatively easy to imagine and build. Educational Standards Each TeachEngineering lesson or activity is correlated to one or more K-12 science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) educational standards. All 100,000+ K-12 STEM standards covered in TeachEngineering are collected, maintained and packaged by the Achievement Standard Network (ASN), a project of JES & Co. Next Generation Science Standards: Science American Association for the Advancement of Science: Science

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