Teaching Engineering (Principles, Biomedical and Electrical) Made Easy 2

TEME22ndThe engineering activity book, Teaching Engineering Made Easy 2: Another Friendly Introduction to Engineering Activities for Middle School Teachers is being released in a 2nd edition! Updated and improved, it features activities for Engineering Principles, Biomedical, and Electrical Engineering. Each type of engineering also includes content on engineering careers so that you can inspire students to do their best by showing them what they can do with an engineering education (these pages are also reproducible as student handouts).

Filled with innovative tools, dynamic activities and practical lesson plans, Teaching Engineering Made Easy 2 continues where Volume One left off, with all new activities that will supercharge the teaching of engineering principles, biomedical and electrical engineering. By using this teaching guide, students can see that engineering is not something to be afraid of but a realistic way to solve the problems of everyday life.

This easy and exciting time and work saving book was developed to help middle and high school teachers with no engineering background teach engineering. It gives classroom teachers an easy and dynamic way to meet curriculum standards and competencies. You’ll find the lessons and activities to actively engage students in learning about engineering and our technological world by applying creativity and innovation as they complete the projects. The activities do not require a formal science lab and can be done with materials that are inexpensive and easy to find.

Each lesson includes background information, Standards Alignment, a list of materials needed to complete the activity, an easy-to-follow procedure for presenting the lesson, teacher notes, reproducible student sheets, and safety notes. Activities range from 20 minute problem solving exercises to several class period design or “challenge” activities.

Because I want you to be successful inspiring students, I have three special offers:

  1. Every educator that orders this new edition before the publication date (April 6), will also receive three PowerPoint presentations that you can use in class to explain about engineering careers, biomedical, and electrical/electronic engineering careers. They are colorful, engaging, and designed to save you time.
  2. Everyone that orders will receive a 20% off coupon towards any of our C’s Blast Packs or Blast Off Laboratories. C’s Blast Packs are the quick and easy way to get started teaching engineering. They help you bring the activities in both volumes of “Teaching Engineering Made Easy” into the late elementary, middle school and early high school classroom without the hassle of rounding up materials.
  3. And lastly, by ordering this book before the publication date of April 6, you’ll automatically receive $5 off.

So order this updated and improved second edition today! You’ll receive three PowerPoint presentations (for General Engineering, Biomedical and Electrical/Electronic Engineering Careers), a 20% off coupon for a C’s Blast Pack or Laboratory and you’ll get the book while it’s on sale. You really can’t lose!

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Thanks for what you are doing to get students interested in engineering!

Parent/Daughter Day

Last week, I read the following:

ASQ Survey Finds U.S. Teens Afraid of Careers that Demand Risk-Taking
A survey conducted by ASQ has found that many U.S. teens fear careers that demand risk-taking.  While 95 percent of teens agree that risk-taking is required for innovation in STEM careers, 46 percent say they are afraid to fail or uncomfortable taking risks to solve problems.  The survey, which was fielded in January in advance of EWeek, reveals that students’ pressure to succeed may be driven by parents, of whom 81 percent say they are uncomfortable if their child does not perform well in sports, extracurricular activities or social situations. Of those parents, 73 percent say they feel uncomfortable when their child gets bad grades.”

Dad's can come too!

Dad’s can come too!

Several years ago, I began facilitating a workshop called The Mother/Daughter TEA (Technology Engineering Aptitude). The workshop is the best I’ve ever seen at getting middle school girls interested in engineering. The girls work on projects with their Mom or a parent figure and realize they can successfully complete engineering design projects. Not only can they complete the projects, but they also find that they are creative, innovative and smart. It works because they are taking risks in a safe environment (I always stress that there are no wrong answers). Mom, Dad or the mentor that attends also gain a greater understanding of engineering careers, their daughter’s capabilities and how she may fit into the STEM pipeline – all while having fun at the same time.

We can’t change how the majority of students view risk-taking but we can set up environments that promote problem-solving in fun and engaging ways that minimize their fear and may eventually enable them to overcome it.

50 Reasons

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50 Reasons to Become an Engineer Poster

There are many reasons to become an engineer and just as many reasons to teach engineering. An engineering education teaches you how to think.  You’ll learn problem-solving and analytical thinking skills that can help in everything you do. This education prepares you to not only become an engineer but also for continuing your education in many other fields that benefit from the analytical and systems thinking skills gained in school.

AAUW’s just-released, new study, Graduating to a Pay Gap shows that only 39% of women who graduate as engineers enter the engineering workforce–compared with 57% of male engineering grads. The skills attained in this education are useful in many occupations. In addition, the confidence gained from graduating with an engineering degree can help you become whatever you want to be.

Engineers Week Inspiration

Every year in February is Engineers Week. It’s the one time in the year that we officially get to celebrate engineering on a large scale and build momentum for all the engineering events throughout the Spring. What did you do? Did you hold a special event? Invite an engineer to visit your classroom? Did you take part in a competition?

My last two weeks were jam-packed with events. I started in Utah at Weber State University with a Parent/Daughter Day. We had 40 teams of parents and daughters that completed engineering projects together and learned about engineering careers at the same time. As always in Utah, these girls were fired up and created outstanding prosthetic hands, coin flippers and light-up yo-yos (my new favorite project).

NASA-langleyAfter two days back at home, I left again for Virginia to speak at a school counselor event at NASA Langley. I facilitated four round table discussions to get these counselors up to speed about all that you can do with an engineering degree. I gave them charts, quick references, resource lists and a book to make sure they have the tools to advise students about engineering.

From there I attended the Virginia Children’s Engineering Conference and gave the keynote to almost 500 teachers that are actively engaged in teaching engineering in elementary school.  There were workshops galore and these teachers had the opportunity to spend two days fully immersed in everything engineering. In my humble opinion, a conference like this should be held in every state.

My hat is off to everyone that is working to hold events and inspire the greatness that exists within every student.