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Two 50-minute periods.
Engineering is an often overlooked and misunderstood profession. The United States needs to attract more students into engineering programs in order to help sharpen its competitive edge in the global marketplace. To accomplish this, an introduction to the nature and excitement of the profession early in children's schooling career is necessary. The purpose is to arouse interest in the subject and encourage children to complete the pre-college courses in math and science necessary for college-level engineering education.
CONCEPTS, UNDERSTANDINGS, SKILLS
Classroom set of copies of the two student readings and two worksheets
Students will be able to give a general definition and description of the engineering profession
Break up the class into teams of three to five students. Their assignment is to go to the library and use its resources to compile a list of as many different engineering specialties as they can find and to write a brief statement or paragraph explaining the nature of each. In class, have teams report on their lists and share their definitions. Select an engineering specialty. Have an engineer in that specialty speak to the students about it.
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