The Inspire Innovation workshop is for use with students in grades 8 through 12. Designed for one 45-minute class period, it is anchored by videos from current engineering students. Your students will meet six engineering undergrads and hear what they wish someone had told them about engineering. This engaging workshop provides an overview of the engineering profession, breakdowns stereotypes about engineering, and encourages students to consider pursuing an education and career in engineering.
Text of Inspiration Innovation: Exploring Engineering Careers
Inspire Innovation: Discover Engineering Careers A toolkit for
career counselors and their students.
About this Resource Most students dont know an engineer or even
what engineers do. This presentation, designed for one 45-minute
class period, will help you show students the exciting and
rewarding field of engineering.
About this Resource This presentation will show students:
Engineers have the technical expertise to make a difference in the
world. Engineering touches many of their areas of interest. The
work of engineers is more than the stereotypical picture most
About this Resource The Inspire Innovation toolkit was produced
through the collaborative efforts of: ASCE American Society of
Civil Engineers ASME American Society of Mechanical Engineers NSPE
National Society of Professional Engineers IEEE-USA Institute of
Electrical and Electronic Engineers DiscoverE A coalition of 100+
About this Resource Download and print out the following
student handouts: Exploring Engineering Careers: A Family Toolkit
Pathways to College: Preparing for College Pathways to College:
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What kind of impact do you want to have on the world?
Do you want to Help people stay healthy? Make it easier for
people to connect? Make sure people have enough to eat? Keep the
planet healthy? Help prepare for natural disasters? Keep people
Have you considered engineering?
Meet Ariel Ariel wants you to know that engineering offers
What is Engineering? Engineers are changing the world all of
the time. They dream up creative, practical solutions and work with
other smart, inspiring people to invent, design, and create things
Engineers create Satellites that detect drought Chemotherapy
that has fewer side effects Plant-based products like biodegradable
packaging Apps that help customers choose styles and then
recommends matching accessories, and where to buy them
Do you know... Engineers have both the passion and technical
expertise to make a difference in the world.
Do you know? The average engineers salary is $99,738. The
average engineering technicians salary is $48,815.
Would you be surprised to know Engineers make a difference in
the world. There are so many different kinds of engineering jobs.
Engineering is about teamwork. Engineering is about more than math
Meet Sandra She wants you to know that engineers make a
difference and work in groups.
Engineers Design Artificial lenses that restore sight to the
blind. Incubators that keep premature babies alive. PET scanners
and MRI machines that detect a patients illness.
Meet Khalid Khalid wishes more people knew that engineers work
Did you know Engineers have improved skiing and snowboarding by
developing more flexible materials.
Did you know Studying engineering can lead to a career in
medicine, law, finance and more.
Meet Mike Mike wishes more people knew you dont have to be
amazing in math to succeed in engineering.
Do you know . Engineers and technicians find jobs easily after
Did you know Engineers ensure safe drinking water by managing a
communitys water supply..
Did you know Teams of engineers design methods of keeping
harmful microorganisms out of our food supply.
Meet Mike Mike wishes more people knew that people with
learning differences can be engineers.
Did you know? There is no one type of person who becomes an
engineer or technician. Are you: Do you like: Creative Solving
problems Curious and persistent Improving a process Looking to make
a Working in teams difference
Is engineering right for you? Talk to your parents. Do you know
an engineer or technician? Talk to them about their job. Go to an
engineering event at a local university, museum, or local
Is engineering right for you? Watch Design Squad and see
engineering in action www.pbs.org/designsquad. Go to an engineering
themed summer program.
Is engineering right for you? Career-technical education
programs What programs does your school offer? Dual credit courses
Save time and money with classes that offer both high school and
college credit. Internships or Youth apprenticeships Juniors and
seniors try out a career through these opportunities.
Pathways to Engineering: Recommended High School Coursework 4
years of Math Science Language Arts Foreign Language
Pathways to Engineering: Community College Option 1 Earn a
two-year associates degree and start a great career as a technician
or technologist. Option 2 Earn a two-year associates degree and
then apply to a four year university with an engineering
Pathways to Engineering: 4-Year University or College Option 1
Apply to the school then seek admittance into the engineering
school. Option 2 Apply for admittance directly into the engineering
school. With either option look for schools with ABET
Pathways to Engineering: 4-Year University or College Option 3
Look for schools that offer a 32 program. Students first obtain a
BA in liberal arts in three years and then transfer into the
engineering college to earn their BS in engineering.
Pathways to Engineering: The Military Option 1 Apply to a
Service Academy. Option 2 Enlist in the military. When you leave
the service you can enroll in any of the previous options.
Pathways to Engineering: Researching Schools Make a list of
your interests: Do you want to play sports? Stay close to home?
What else is important to you?
Pathways to Engineering: Researching Schools When researching a
school, ask questions like: What is the first year of coursework
like? Are projects integrated into classes? Do students have a
chance to work in teams?
Pathways to Engineering: Researching Schools Here are some more
questions to ask: Are their internships and other opportunities to
get practical experience? Are there clubs or programs (ie.,
Engineers Without Borders) where you can explore your interest
Pathways to Engineering: Financial Aid U.S. Department of
Education www.studentaid.ed.gov www.collegecost.ed.gov Local
opportunities Explore your own backyard. Engineering societies Have
you heard of NSBE, SWE, ASME, ACSE, IEEE-USA, NSPE? They all offer
Meet Anne Anne wants you to know there are lot of people you
can count on for support.
Pathways to Engineering: Campus Life Once you get to school,
maximize your college experience by joining some of these groups:
Engineering societies ASME, ACSE, IEEE-USA, and more Diversity
associations NSBE, SHPE, SWE, and more Clubs & competitions
Engineers without Borders, Concrete Canoe, Solar Decathlon, and
Next Steps Visit www.DiscoverE.org/discoverengineering to learn
more about engineering careers. Talk to your parents. Look for
opportunities to continue to explore engineering.