Professional Development Opportunity

I’m about to make the most amazing offer that I’ve ever made.

It’s free and there are no strings attached.

You even get to take home an Engineering PowerPack and classroom materials kits such as the Prosthetic Hand and Protect Your Noggin. Almost $600 worth of materials totally free. Are you in?

There are only 10 instructor slots available. First come, first serve.

Program Name: GLEE (Girls Love Exploring Engineering) Summer Camp and Simultaneous Professional Development

How it works:  On Monday, you will learn several activities while the girls do ice breakers, watch videos and interact with other facilitators, a college engineering student and several high school students.  From Tuesday-Friday, armed with the activities you learned and constructed on Monday, you team facilitate the activities with the girls. During the week, when the girls have a field trip, watch videos, or listen to panel discussions (basically every spare minute), you go back into training. When the girls go home, we will refine the activities and discuss integration into your classroom or situation.

Historically, by the last day of the camp, 95% of the girls said they wanted to be engineers! You will go back to your classroom with increased confidence and bundles of materials to implement more engineering education into your instruction.

Audience: Late Elementary, Middle and Early High School Teachers, 5 days- 7 hours each day.

Location: Memorial High School, Tulsa, OK

Register Here

Engineering and STEM Resources

On our website, in addition to Kits, Blast Packs, Books, DVDs, Rubber Stamps, Pins, Presentations and Labs are resources for students, parents, teachers, schools, and mentors. With summer on the horizon, now is a great time to explore engineering career paths and supporting opportunities.

Summer Camp Directory – If you have a camp you want to add to the list, simply send us a listing, formatted similar to the others, and we will post it. There is no cost for camps or families.

Competitions – K-12 engineering, robotics and technology competitions.

Engineering Scholarships – This page will always be under construction as new scholarships become available and current scholarship are awarded. Bookmark this page so you can come back often and check for recently available opportunities! If you know of any available scholarships not listed on this page email us and we will list it here.

Women in Engineering Programs – Directory of colleges with Women in Engineering program offices.

Directory of Engineering Programs – There are many factors to consider when choosing a college program. One of the most important is whether or not that program is accredited. Accreditation assures that a program has met certain quality standards. To employers, graduate schools, and licensure and certification boards, graduation from an accredited program signifies adequate preparation for entry into the profession. In fact, many of these groups require graduation from an accredited program as a minimum qualification.

Directory of Engineering Technology Programs – Directory of colleges that offer associate and bachelor degrees in engineering technology.

Engineering Society Directory – Find support, scholarships and guidance for your degree choice.

Other Links and Resources to All Things Engineering – Everything else!

Summer Camp Success!

Robotics Activity

A few weeks ago, I ran a summer camp in Tulsa that simultaneously trained 10 teachers on engineering design while also serving as a summer camp for 34 middle school girls.

How it worked: On Monday, teachers learned several activities while the girls did ice breakers, watched videos and were entertained by other facilitators and several engineering students from the local colleges and high school (PLTW and robotics students). On Tuesday – Friday, the teachers, armed with the activities they learned and constructed on Monday, team facilitated the activities with the girls. When the girls had a field trip to local industry, watched videos, or listened to panel discussions (basically every spare moment), the teachers went back into training. When the girls went home, we refined our activities and hashed out what worked and what didn’t. It was an amazing week lead by amazing people! By the last day, 95% of the girls said they wanted to be an engineer and the teachers went back to class with increased confidence and bundles of materials to implement more engineering education into their instruction.

Inspirational message: Never underestimate the power of a full engaged and committed team of people. They can and will do amazing work!

Tulsa Summer Camp for Girls

Two weeks from today, I’ll have the opportunity to present a simultaneous teacher and high school girl summer camp that I have designed. Working with Lane Matheson at the Tulsa Engineering Academy at Memorial High School, we collaborated on designing a one-week camp that will train teachers on delivering specific activities (alternative energy, electronic clothing, furniture design, prosthetics, etc.) and then lead sections of the summer camp. For example, on Monday the teachers will learn to create a prosthetic hand. On Tuesday, they will teach the girls to create their own prosthetic hand. By using what they have learned in an informal education environment, we hope the teachers will retain, embrace and take back to their classrooms, more of what they have learned and experienced.

The response from the girls has been encouraging and exciting. We have 28 signed up so far and are looking forward to a great week!

The Best 10 Things Parents Can Do to Promote Engineering

  1. Keep the Faith – Your child can do it! – Remember that math and science grades are not always good indicators of success in engineering school. My son claims that math is his favorite subject. However, he only has a C in the class because he forgets to turn in his homework. Grades in his case are a poor indicator of his ability and potential.
  2. Don’t pass on bad math attitudes – Engineering is not all math. It’s just one of the tools in the engineer’s box. Show your child that math and science are fun by making real world connections. My daughter became very skilled at math because when we went shopping for clothes and the sale price was 20 percent off, she knew she wouldn’t get that beautiful jacket unless she could tell me the correct price.
  3. Help your child explore careers – I talked to an engineer who told me he loved to fish as a kid. Every chance he got he was out fishing. Wouldn’t it be great if your child found the perfect job within his or her favorite hobby? The guy in the fishing story is now the head fishing reel engineer for Pure Fishing, Inc. There are countless stories about engineers finding their dream jobs through their hobbies.
  4. Enroll your son or daughter in an engineering camp this summer – Camps are a great way to expose your son or daughter to engineering. See a listing of summer camps here.
  5. Promote after-school activities – After-school programs in robotics or math are available at many locations. The best place to search for a quality after-school program is your child’s school. To find more programs you can also explore this list of engineering related competitions.
  6. Provide subtle communication – If your kids are typical teenagers, sometimes it’s very hard to talk to them about career opportunities. If I ask my children to look at a book or catalog, they find a million reasons to ignore my request. A successful strategy in my house is to very quietly leave college catalogs or career books lying around the house. Make sure they are visible but not too obvious. After a few days or weeks, you may notice that the book or catalog has been moved.
  7. Supply direct communication – Many students form their attitudes about careers as a result of their interactions with family members. This can be used to your advantage by inviting to dinner any engineers or people in the field of technology. Encouraging that person to talk about his of her career – how he or she got into it and why it’s satisfying. This can be a natural springboard for your child’s questions and exploration.
  8. Take educational vacations – When you travel around the country or even in your local area, there are many sights that will help your family learn about engineering. Places such as Hoover Dam, the National Inventors Hall of Fame, Thomas Edison’s Birthplace, Museums of Ceramics or Aeronautics, roller coasters, etc. can all be educational and fun too. For sights in your area or to help you plan a road-trip, visit www.discovere.org/our-activities.
  9. Visit the websites of engineering colleges – Sit down with your child and check out the websites for your local colleges of engineering. Find out what is going on in your local area and look for ways to be involved. Make notes of what each school offers and especially about what seems exciting to your child. Make sure they know how to look for important information such as scholarships and entrance requirements. You can never do this too soon.
  10. Find a mentor – Mentoring is successful because it’s a one-on-one learning experience that can be so much more than a technical learning experience. Mentors can help students learn approaches into competitive industries, help them network, introduce them to key players, teach them how to listen, and help them evaluate solutions to problems. Mentoring is a part of being successful in any industry but especially for careers that are competitive. MentorNet is good place to begin searching for a mentor if you don’t know anyone locally.