Intro to Engineering


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Intro to Engineering

  1. 1. What do they all have in common? Jimmy Carter 39th President Neil Armstrong Astronaut Alfred Hitchcock Film Director) Leonardo da Vinci Renaissance Master Steve Wozniak Apple Computer Co-founder Thomas Edison Inventor Judith Resnik Challenger astronaut Scott Adams "Dilbert" cartoonist
  2. 5. “ Engineering has been called the “invisible” or “stealth” profession.  Everything around you and that you use every day has been engineered in some way yet you may not see the engineers behind the scenes or know much about engineering.”
  3. 6. “ You have math and science classes and both are basic to engineering. But, engineers take math and science from paper and the lab to invent, design, and build things that matter.”
  4. 7. “ They are team players with independent minds who ask, How can we develop a better recycling system to protect the environment, design a school that can withstand an earthquake, or create cutting-edge special effects for the movies?”
  5. 8. “ By dreaming up creative and practical solutions, engineers are changing the world all the time.”
  6. 9. National Association of Colleges and Employers 59,167 56,587 Nuclear 72,763 62,798 54,128 Mechanical 77,364 64,759 55,067 Industrial/Manufacturing 75,982 66,309 55,292 Electrical/Electronics and Communications 92,500 60,000 56,201 Computer 62,275 48,280 48,509 Civil 73,667 68,561 59,361 Chemical 59,240 51,356 Bioengineering/Biomedical $73,814 $62,459 $53,408 Aerospace/Aeronautical/Astronautical Ph.D. Master's Bachelor's Curriculum Average starting salary by engineering specialty and degree , 2007
  7. 10. Projections Data for Engineering Jobs 11% Increase
  8. 11. You might be a future Engineer if ... … you go on the rides at Disney World and sit backwards in the chairs to see how they do the special effects. … you have used coat hangers and duct tape for something other than hanging coats and taping ducts. … you look forward to Christmas only to put together the toys. … you spend more time on your home computer than sleeping. … you blew up the school gym with your science fair project. … you know what http:// stands for.
  9. 12. High School Coursework
  10. 13. 4-year College Degree Required
  11. 14. “ Scientists discover the world that exists; engineers create the world that never was.” ~Theodore Von Karman, Aerospace Engineer
  12. 16. Reflections: In my higher level math classes, I always carved a few days out of the pacing guide to introduce my students to the career of engineering. I typically brought in a guest speaker and assigned a brief research project with a few days spent in the computer lab. I prepared this PowerPoint to serve as the “Engagement” phase of the lesson. I found it very freeing to choose a blank layout for my PowerPoint format. Although a bit challenging at first, I very quickly embraced the “no bullets” approach to building my presentation. The use of a literally blank slate allowed room for much more creativity in developing and sharing the desired message. As the topic of engineering was one that very few of my high school students really knew much about, I chose to provide an overview of the profession in a collage type format. My overall approach was to throw some facts, thoughts, and images out there to get them to begin to comprehend the broad scope of the discipline while providing them with some possible ways to connect their lives to the field. It was a welcome change to think and present in images and complete sentences versus in bullets. Thanks for the challenge!