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TryEngineering Today! is dedicated to providing the latest news and information for students, parents, teachers, and counselors interested in engineering, computing technology and related topics.

young girl coding on laptop
September 15, 2017 | Student Opportunities

Coding is the new team sport for future tech leaders and innovators. This year, teams will participate in three rounds of missions over a five-month period to become eligible for a Wonder Workshop sponsored Invitational Round in Spring 2018. Teams of kids, ages 6-8 and 9-12, will design solutions for real-world science and technology challenges by programming Dash & Dot. They will develop problem-solving and creativity skills while building meaningful relationships with their peers and having fun! Plus they will display their scientific thinking through authentic journaling. 

Grand Prize

• $5,000 STEM grant
• Each member of a winning team receives a Dash robot
• National recognition
• Official Invitational Round Winning Team Certificates

Top 5 Teams

• Each member of a winning team receives a Dash robot
• Official Invitational Round Winning Team Certificates


• Recognized Honorable Mentions
• Official Invitational Round Participation Certificates

Register today!

paper and light bulb
August 28, 2017 | Student Opportunities

Navigator paper is celebrating 25 years of innovation by launching an app idea competition which challenges brilliant minds to come up with the best ideas that can make the digital world and office paper work together. 

The best idea will be awarded $20,000 USD, the runner up $7,500 USD and the third place $2,500 USD.

Learn more at: https://navigator-app-challenge.com/ 

light blox and lens

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.



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