Motivate, Inspire and Educate!

Celeste Baine is the winner of the Norm Augustine Award for being one of those rare individuals that can show the wonder and excitement of engineering. She is one of the top speakers on engineering education and motivating students. Celeste can make your event an enormous success! She is a high-energy, high content, how-to speaker.

Awards and Accolades

Celeste Baine is the author of over twenty books on engineering education and careers; the producer of three engineering career related DVDs; and a regular keynote presenter and workshop facilitator on engineering education and careers.

Sample Presentations and Workshops for Educators

Teaching Engineering Made Easy Workshop
Audience: Elementary, Middle and High School Teachers, 1 day- 6 hours

This is a fast-paced jammed-packed one-day workshop perfect for in service and/or professional development training. Teachers learn how to bring engineering into the classroom and keep students engaged by providing hands-on activities that are content rich and fun too! Based on activities in Teaching Engineering Made Easy, the activities will cover all of STEM.  Teachers can either use engineering as a way to enhance their teaching of science or they can teach “engineering” as the application of math, science, and technology.


  1. Celeste Baine, a biomedical engineer, Director of the Engineering Education Service Center, and the award-winning author of over twenty books on engineering careers and education.
  2. Cathi Cox-Boniol, educator and co-author of Teaching Engineering Made Easy, is currently the ACHIEVE Coordinator for Lincoln Parish Schools and the Director for New Tech @ Ruston, a 21st Century teaching and learning program. 

Motivating Students to Pursue Engineering
Audience: Teachers, Counselors & Mentors, 50 minutes

This presentation is designed for guidance counselors and mentors to cut through the stereotypes of engineering and reach those kids that don't know how engineers are involved in the design of their favorite things. Portrays engineering as something that is everywhere instead of just a lab or office.

Creative Outreach for Engineers
Teacher, Mentors, Outreach Programs, 50 minutes

Presentation helps engineers develop creative outreach initiatives to reach more girls and underrepresented minorities. Shows the creative power of engineering by developing intriguing and exciting examples of engineering in action. Draws from the ordinary to portray engineering as an extraordinary and achievable career option.

Grow Your Own Engineer
Audience: Parents, 50 minutes

This presentation is for parents that want to figure out how to encourage their children to be engineers. Provides a 10-step program to help ensure that your child is successful.

Presentations for Students (All Presentations Can be Customized for Your Audience)

Engineers Can Do Anything!
Audience: Students, 50 minutes (Most Popular!)

This is a fast paced and fun overview of engineers that are living their dreams. From music (iPod engineers) to sports equipment designers (bike, ski, snowboard, bowling and baseball bat engineers) to roller coaster and food engineers, this talk is in-depth about the real people that are engineers and how they combined their hobby with engineering to get a dream job. The talk stresses how engineers are much more than just a brain or someone that is good in math. The talk shows how communication, teamwork, creativity and innovation shape the world we live in. This talk is motivational for students that are on the fence or get bored easily. It shows non-traditional opportunities that most students don’t know about.

Reasons to Study Engineering Technology
Audience: Students, 50 minutes

This talk is in-depth about the field of engineering technology and it’s impact on society. Show how an engineering technology degree can be a ticket to live anywhere and take your marketable skill with you. This talk is motivational for students that are on the fence or get bored easily. Shows non-traditional opportunities that most students don’t know about. (similar to Engineers Can Do Anything)

Engineering Makes the World Go Around
Audience: Students, 50 minutes (Very Popular!)

Gives a broad view of the industry and shows many examples of industries and careers for engineers. Similar to the book “Is There an Engineer Inside You?” with tips on preparing for engineering school, how to find out if it’s the right choice, and how to choose a school. It’s very solid and more traditional in its approach.

Math is Just One Tool in the Box
Audience: Students, 50 minutes

Designed for students that don't want to major in engineering because of a math horror story. Covers math phobia and how to rise above it. Shows students that the best engineers are some of the most creative people in the world.

Girls Rule!
Audience: Girls, 50 minutes (Very Popular!)

Girls Rule! is designed to motivate and inspire girls to become engineers. Show famous women engineers and gives girls ideas about where they might fit into the world of engineering. Shows how the field is changing and how women & minorities are getting ahead.

Mother/Daughter TEA (Technology Engineering Aptitude) Workshop

The Mother/Daughter Technology Engineering Aptitude (TEA) is a one day event that provides middle school girls with a tremendous opportunity to complete hands-on activities and interact with an engineering professional to learn about valuable, high-wage opportunities in the engineering industry. The Mother/ Daughter TEA event was founded to encourage young women to take an interest in pursuing a career in the engineering industry.

The idea for organizing a mother/daughter engineering workshop came from the belief that a supportive environment at home that encourages engineering and technological careers offers young girls an extraordinary opportunity to develop non-traditional interests and aspirations. Mothers were involved to expose them to the kinds of engineering careers that are available and to influence them to encourage their daughters to learn more about engineering.

The engineering industry is facing a severe shortage of skilled young talent. In an attempt to fill open positions and careers, the Mother Daughter TEA event exposes girls to the engineering industry and the skills involved. Local students from the nearby and surrounding communities are invited to participate in this one day event.

The Day's Structure
After an introductory orientation, mothers and daughters are grouped into teams with other girls to apply the skills, tools and imagination required to become a successful engineer. Participants discover the many dimensions of engineering that are available and its vast career opportunities. The Mother/Daughter TEA event successfully engages young women and presents options for transitioning into challenging classes and life-changing pursuits.

During the first half of the event students are presented with fun information and hands-on activities familiarizing them with team building and engineering concepts. Midway through the event, lunch is served. During the second half of the event, more hands-on activities and group projects are introduced. At the end of the event, participants are given promotional take-aways and prizes. An event evaluation can be filled out at the end (or during lunch) by participants.

The coordination of a session leader and volunteers in order to provide fun and interesting activities for a large (typically about 60- 80 persons, including parents/guardians) amount of participants can be overwhelming. For a first-time event, you may want to begin planning several months in advance.

Workshop Goals:

Hold a Mother Daughter Workshop at Your Location.
Bring the Mother/Daughter Workshop, facilitated by Celeste Baine, to your location. Celeste Baine is a biomedical engineer, the author of over 20 books on engineering education and careers, and the director of the Engineering Education Service Center based in Eugene, Oregon. She was acknowledged for her outstanding accomplishments in motivating and inspiring students to pursue careers in engineering. Winner of the Norm Augustine Award, Ms. Baine is credited for being an outstanding contributor to the nationwide efforts to increase engineering student enrollment.

The day includes:

  1. All materials needed to engage no more than 40 mother/daughter teams in hands-on engineering activities for the entire workshop. These activities parallel real-world engineering tasks and problem-solving opportunities. Activities are customizable but usually include solving problems, building tabletop hovercrafts, designing towers or helmts and placing a band-aid on a Whale.
  2. A take-home engineering project for each girl.
  3. A copy of Ideas in Action: A Girl's Guide to Careers in Engineering for each girl.
  4. Teaching Engineering Made Easy Resource Kit for each teacher (up to four). By using this powerful teaching kit, teachers will have an instant library of curriculum, career resources, classroom strategies, and inspiring information at their fingertips. This kit also gives classroom teachers an easy and dynamic way to meet curriculum standards and competencies. The lessons and activities will actively engage students in learning about engineering and our technological world by applying creativity and innovation as they complete the projects. Coupled with professional development, many teachers will enjoy teaching engineering because it combines math and science lessons, team building and creativity with a practical twist. Students learn to work together, increase their communication skills and enhance their presentation abilities.

Package Cost:

West of the Mississippi River: $3795 + $90 shipping + travel expenses.
East of the Mississippi River: $4195 + $90 shipping + travel expenses.


"Celeste's ability to engage the audience and put them at ease to ask questions was excellent!” "
-Leann Yoder, Executive Director
Junior Engineering Technical Society

"Thank you for your excellent presentation on 'Engineering Makes the World Go Around'. You received excellent ratings from the students and parents on their evaluations."
-Sue Scheff, Director
Women in Engineering Program
University of Kentucky

"[Celeste] held the attention of all ages, including teachers and staff, with her wit and her knowledge of the field of engineering and it's relationship to our everyday world."
-Carole Merwin, Student Services Coordinator
Mt. Pleasant Area Technical Center

[Celeste] was a big hit with the middle school students and I had one parent tell me she influenced his daughter enough to start taking classes on our campus during her senior year!"
-Vi Stoltz, Engineers Week Coordinator
South Dakota School of Mines & Technology

"We truly thank Celeste Baine for her motivating speech to the members of our Girls Educated and Motivated for Success (GEMS) club at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey. She shared invaluable information on engineering careers and we look forward to an increase in our female engineering population as a result of Celeste's positive outlook."
-Dr. Constella Zimmerman
United States Department of Defense

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