100,000 Book Give Away!

ITAEIY4_300x450It’s my dream to see my first book, Is There an Engineer Inside You?: A Comprehensive Guide to Career Decisions in Engineering in the hands of every student that could benefit so I’ve decided that over the next 5 years, I’m going to give away 100,000 or more copies of the Fourth Edition to all students that want to study engineering or engineering technology! This will include both printed and downloadable copies.

I’ve poured my heart and soul into writing this book. It’s my best selling publication. And yes, I want to give it away. What could be better than knowing it is helping so many students make an informed decision?

Do you want to be a part of this? I need sponsors to help me with the production costs and events that are willing to allow me to give each student a book at their national competition.

The advantages for sponsoring include ad space, free books and a custom downloadable copy for your website visitors.

The books will be given away books at competitions such as the USA Science and Engineering Festival, FIRST Robotics, Mathcounts, Future City, BEST Robotics, Bridge Building Competition, Design Squad, Solar Car Challenge, ToyChallenge, Seaperch and/or any other national competition that throws its name into my hat if I can find a way to pay for it.

I’m already 1/4 of the way there in making this happen for the 2013-2014 school year. Please help me reach my goal of giving away 100,000 books! If you are reading this blog, I know you care about engineering education. Reach out to those that you know will help! We can do amazing things by working together.

I can’t think of anything more worthy than celebrating each student’s desire to enroll in engineering or engineering technology school.

More information on being a sponsor or if you are a competition that would like to give away books to our future engineers.

Engineering Stories Guest Blog by Ken Hardman

What do engineers do? How do they think? What do they create?

Engineering Stories are free Realistic Fiction, short story dramatizations allowing the reader, through narration, description, dialogue, and thought to experience the challenges and satisfaction of being an engineer, inventor, or scientist. The stories are very plausible, being a composition of author experience and the experiences of his peers. Herein, the reader is able to listen into the mind of an engineer, see how they think, observe how they might behave, understand what makes them tick. The objective is to encourage students to consider careers in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM), show what it may be like, dispel a myth or two, and encourage creativity, problem solving, and the confidence to make the world a better place.

In Engineering Stories you can virtually job shadow engineers and see what it is really like to work with engineers solving real problems and creating real products. The Engineering Stories book is available in paperback and Kindle at Amazon.com. Follow the Engineering Stories blog to learn of new stories and for promotional free downloads.

Engineering Stories blog

Engineering Stories book

Professional Development Workshop

teme2ndThere is still time to book your Professional Development workshop for this Summer!

Workshop: Teaching Engineering Made Easy (Beginning and Advanced Workshops Available)
Audience: Teachers, after school programs, informal education programs
Time required: 1 day – 6 hours of hands-on time
Where: Your location – we come to you!

This fast-paced jammed-packed workshop is perfect for in service and/or professional development training. Learn how to bring engineering into the classroom and keep students engaged by providing activities that are content rich and fun too! Based on activities in Teaching Engineering Made Easy, this workshop is sure to get participants energized and excited about getting back to the classroom.

What teachers learned about engineering that they didn’t know before the workshop

  • All of it!  Basically how to incorporate it into my classroom
  • All the different types of engineers and what they specifically do.
  • All the facets of engineering that I hadn’t thought about before.
  • All varieties of engineers – what to do/specialize in
  • Delivery – How to Make Engineering exciting to students.
  • Different activities to incorporate in my classroom.
  • Different fields of engineering
  • Engineering is everywhere – engineers are behind innovations and ordinary every day stuff.
  • Engineering job specifics
  • How many different kinds of engineers there were
  • Everything you see was ‘engineered’!
  • How simple it would be to use engineering activities with my students.
  • I can easily teach this! I loved the silent brainstorming too!
  • I have a better understanding of “How” to do a better job
  • It doesn’t have to be expensive to do these activities.
  • It doesn’t take a lot of money for some activities that can be created and expanded on.
  • Learned a lot of info about the different types of engineering.
  • Lots – kinds of engineers, value of perseverance, cooperation, communication (which is much overlooked, silent brainstorming was a great idea!)
  • More about specific types of engineering
  • Silent Brainstorming – which encourages collaboration. It was a nice reinforcement of the power of positive reinforcement & encouragement that the ‘teacher’ gave us ‘students’.
  • That as the teacher I DO NOT have to have all the answers. It’s OK for the kids to fix their own mistakes.
  • That you could make/build “things” with little resources.
  • The fields of engineering are so diverse.  I had no idea that there were so many different types of engineers.

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Engineering Degrees Awarded to Women

According to the ASEE Connections Newsletter, “18.4 percent of engineering bachelor’s degrees were awarded to women in 2010-11. That’s a slight increase from 18.1 in 2010. The percentage of engineering master’s degrees awarded to women remained the same as 2010 (22.6 percent) and decreased slightly for doctoral (21.8 percent). ”

Bachelor’s Degrees By Gender, 2011


Because so many of us are investing in programs that promote engineering to middle school girls, I’m very interested to see if the numbers rise in a few years when those middle schoolers go to college.