I never participated in any engineering competition before college. Had I known of the vast opportunities available to explore engineering and science in competition, who knows how that experience could have enhanced my engineering mind.
I love being an engineer. I love to share my enthusiasm of my profession with everyone, especially children. I love to challenge kids to solve their problems, try to answer their own questions, and most importantly, encourage them to explore math and science in school.
Books and study are fun…(NOT!), but what truly sparks engineering innovation is practical application of physical, chemical and biological principles in the form of experimentation. I will do my best to supply you with a lens that provides challenges to children so that they can have fun while exploring the many possibilities that the engineering profession provides to all.
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Hands of Engineering
Engineering is not as complicated as you may think. The reason engineers and scientists are able to solve complicated problems is because we are NERDS! Well, yes, that too, but we also take the time to break the problem down into much simpler problems. Once we solve the individual components, the answer to the larger problem will often simply reveal itself.
We all have this ability! Moms figure out which solution removes stains from clothes. Dads take the broken bicycle and mend it back into operation without batting an eye. We are able to perform these tasks because through a lifetime of trial and error, we have solved simple problems in the past that allow us to solve the more complex problems today.
Hands on engineering is a way to get your childs hands dirty in experimentation and discovery. The links below are great sites that I have used with my children. Do not discount sites that you think are not age appropriate. I have presented many of the engineering problems to kids of many ages, and they enthusiastically attacked the problem. If I had told the middle schoolers that I was using PBS Kids as my resource, they would tune me out from the get go.
Live Engineering, Love Engineering
When you deviate from a cooking recipe, you are practicing the art of engineering. You are taking a proven methodology (the secret family recipe) and using your knowledge to hopefully improve Grandma’s Famous Oatmeal Cookies. Now that you have had an opportunity to try out and have some fun with engineering, you can try and take it to the next level. COMPETITION!!!
I am a mentor for a middle school engineering competition, and I love it. The children that I work with not only come up with innovative ideas, they also back up the ideas with practical methods and practices to achieve those innovations.
Engineering Toys for Kids
Toys for Budding Engineers that Inspire Children to Pursue their Passion Creating Things
Do you own a kid who wants to create machines to make things easier? Then this page will provide you with the very best and latest in Engineering Toys in various engineering fields and for different age levels. Simply find the section that interests your child the most and read through the various options or click through to every engineering toy that is available.
The future of our civilization is in the hands of those that can engineer solutions to our planets problems and the engineers of tomorrow are inspired today.
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