2011 Statistics

The numbers for last year’s enrollment are out. For all of us involved in outreach – it’s working! Enrollment is up! Give yourself a pat on the back – your blood, sweat and tears are making a difference.

According to the American Society for Engineering Education’s, “Engineering by the Numbers” by Brian Yoder, “Engineering bachelor’s degrees grew by 5.6 percent during 2011, reaching 83,001. Almost all fields grew in the number of graduates produced with the notable exceptions of engineering management, engineering science, and engineering physics, which each saw decreases of around 6 percent. Overall degree totals should increase further in the coming years, since enrollment continued its upward trend in the fall of 2011, posting a 4.8 percent yearly gain to 471,730.”

“Growth in bachelor enrollment was sustained in many fields, with increases of around 10 percent posted this year in biological and agricultural engineering, biomedical engineering, computer science (inside engineering), petroleum engineering, and, interestingly, engineering management. The only field to show a decrease in bachelor enrollment was architectural engineering, in which enrollment decreased 9 percent from last year.”

Yoder goes on to say, “The percentage of women receiving engineering degrees remained about the same as in the previous few years. Females accounted for 18.4 percent of bachelor’s degrees, up slightly from 18.1 percent in 2010.”

How do you reach out?

Celeste BaineI am completely committed to making a difference in the world. I think about it before I fall asleep and it gets me out of bed every morning. I’ve poured my heart and soul into writing 23 books, 7 booklets, and numerous internal teaching documents/training materials for schools and universities. I’ve acted in, directed and produced 3 DVDs and run an engineering careers poster contest each year. I’ve given keynotes and presentations at 54 colleges and conferences and lead 41 Mother Daughter TEA workshops. I train teachers how to teach engineering and have done this for my Mother Daughter TEA workshop, Teaching Engineering Made Easy, the Academy of Engineering LEGO Laboratory, SPIE’s (Society of Optical Engineers) Terrific Telescopes Workshop, and Oregon State University’s SMILE program.

I’m a publisher, manufacturer, CEO, CFO, COO, writer, janitor and chief dishwasher all at the same time. I’m doing this dream job because I still hope I can make a difference in the life or lives of students, parents and educators. I’ve been pounding this rock for 14 years and I’m happy to say that I learn new things every day. I have one employee and together, we make things happen. I couldn’t do what I do without her total commitment too.

Next month, the Engineering Education Service Center is celebrating its 10 year anniversary with special guests, the “like” button, conversations and cake. You’ll have the chance to share how you reach out to students and learn what others are doing too. Get ready and stay tuned, the best is yet to come!

Inquiry and Design – Two Peas in a Pod

Back in July, I wrote about using the Engineering Design Process as a tool to learn science. In the midst of writing the tutorials, reference and training materials for Oregon teachers to use the Engineering Design Process to be more effective and successful teaching science, I’ve made a few startling observations that I’d love to share with you.

Students Designing a Robotic Hand

Maybe you already know this but all science teachers teach scientific inquiry as part of their science curriculum. This is a national standard. You can teach science inquiry without ever referring to engineering design but you can’t teach engineering design without scientific inquiry. Engineering design supports inquiry and inquiry supports design. The two are peas in a pod.

In the book, “Teaching Engineering Made Easy: A Friendly Introduction to Engineering Activities for Middle School Teachers” you will notice in many challenge activities, students first use scientific inquiry to figure out what materials or combination of materials will make the best tower, cantilever, bridge, crane, hovercraft, roller coaster, rocket or whatever they are building. When they determine the proper building materials, they continue using other steps in the engineering design process to design the prefect entity, mechanism or creation to win the challenge. Without inquiry, the bridge would fail, the rocket wouldn’t leave the launch pad and the hovercraft wouldn’t hover.

Stay tuned, more startling observations are coming soon….

Customized books – An Amazing Outreach Vehicle

Are you looking for ways to inspire students to study engineering and make a lasting impression? Trying to find the perfect recruitment and outreach tool that will help them be successful and show your program’s strengths at the same time?

I may have the answer for you! My best-selling engineering career book, Is There an Engineer Inside You? A Comprehensive Guide to Career Decisions in Engineering, can now be customized with your logo and information. This is an amazing customized outreach resource that you won’t find anywhere else! As a recruitment tool, there are many options – You can distribute the books to students, fellow educators, guidance counselors, parents, or anyone else that wants to know or help students understand all that you can do with an engineering education. It is an invaluable reference for those students questioning the value of an engineering education and the choices available upon graduation.

Your options:

  • You can add your logo to the front cover and change the colors to match your organization – our graphics department will do it for you.
  • You can add your logo to the back cover or create an advertisement – Our graphics department will also do this for you.
  • You can add your logo and program information to the title page.
  • To reveal your program and strengths, you can change the preface to showcase your program, event, mission, vision or anything. This equates to about 2 pages of text in MS Word. And best of all, if you don’t want to write it, I’ll do it for you to match the flow and style of the book.

This is the fastest path to a finished book and pricing starts at only $6 per book so you can’t go wrong!

I believe that by working together we can do more and are so much stronger than when we work alone. Convincing students to consider an engineering education will be easier if we work as a team. We can attract a wider range of students, be part of a committed  team and see more students succeed.

Find out more….