Engineering plays a prominent role in our lives, whether or not we realize it. Every day, someone creates something we never heard of before: a synthetic ice skating rink… a new form of cardboard that weighs less than a feather… a faster, lighter drone. So it’s no wonder we had a tough time deciding on articles about new engineering feats! Until it dawned on us that the engineers themselves, not their advances, are what really capture our interest.
Why Teach Engineering to Children?
What are the benefits of teaching engineering to younger children? This article from the Museum of Science is a must-read.
Two Inspiring Teen Engineers
Few things inspire students more than seeing their peers succeed. The eGFI blog (from the American Society for Engineering Education) is full of stories of young people and their inventions. For instance, check out this pair of high school seniors. They created a new way to get ketchup out of the bottle! Click here for their story.
An Inspiring Middle School Science Teacher
Julie Wilson teaches 7th and 8th grade science. Her curriculum focuses on physical sciences, but she weaves creative problem solving and engineering challenges into her classes. Her goal is to inspire her students to continue on to study engineering or to at least be aware of the subject and its importance. Read about her here.
An Interview with a Hydrodynamic Engineer
Jonathan Colby is a wonderful role model for future engineering students. In this article, he describes his job—turning river water into clean, renewable power. In the process he offers good advice to middle school students.
A Day in the Life of an Architectural Engineer
We think you’ll enjoy this excellent interview with Lauren Boyle, an architectural engineer. She explains the difference between architects and architectural engineers this way: “An architect creates a building design, and an architectural engineer makes it work.”