As parents, encouraging your children to consider a career in engineering starts early. Students who enjoy learning about math and science, who are capable problem solvers and who love a challenge, can be excellent candidates for the vast field of engineering.
Not only is engineering a challenging and constantly growing profession, but engineers are highly sought after in the workplace and well-rewarded for their efforts.
Area schools, organizations and corporations are continually providing activities, events, and information about the varying fields of engineering. connect2engineering is here to serve as a resource to help inspire your students in their academic pursuits and outside interests. We want you to be informed of these opportunities for you and your students as they begin to narrow down their career and life interests.
NASA ANNOUNCES INSPIRE PROGRAM: U.S. high school students are invited to participate in NASA's Interdisciplinary National Science Program Incorporating Research Experience, or INSPIRE, through an online learning community. INSPIRE is designed to encourage students in ninth through 12th grades to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). FIND OUT MORE: http://ne.outofschoolstem.org/news.php?extend.27
- Engineering scholarship options for college
- All Engineering Schools.com (Guide to Engineering Education and Careers)
- College Board - College Search
- Creighton University (Energy Technology)
- Iowa State University (College of Engineering)
- Kansas State University (College of Engineering)
- University of Nebraska-Lincoln (College of Engineering and The Durham School)
ENGINEERING ACTIVITIES FOR STUDENTS
The internet has numerous resources for parents to encourage their students to get actively involved in learning more about engineering. Experiments and hands-on activities allow your children to learn about some of the ways engineers impact their lives, solve problems, and think creatively. Below are just a few of the many sites available to have some engineering fun!
- National Girls Collaborative Project for STEM
- ZOOMsci (PBS kids)
- Discover Engineering
- Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Education: A Teacher Resource Guide for Design and Technology in Grades K-5
CAREERS IN ENGINEERING
According to WiseGeek, "Engineering is an incredibly broad field which involves the harnessing of mathematical and scientific concepts to create practical and useful things, ranging from automobiles to wind turbines. This field is huge, encompassing people in a wide range of industries, and some people call it “the invisible science,” because engineers are often unsung and unheralded, despite the fact that the work they do is very important."
WANTED: Engineer Volunteers
We're seeking engineers to inspire K-12 students to consider a career in engineering. Volunteers can connect with students and teachers in a variety of ways.
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connect2engineering is compiling area activities and events that help students, teachers and parents learn more about the exciting field of engineering. Check back often for new additions to the listing.