Engineers are problem solvers. They use the principles of science and mathematics to solve practical problems. They work in many fields, including design and development, testing, production, and maintenance. Engineering technicians assist and support professional engineers. The Federal Government classifies 17 different engineering specialties, including:
The following websites provide an excellent introduction to the world of engineering.
Created by the National Society of Professional Engineers, this site introduces fascinating technologies at work in a kind of state-by-state online field trip.
Bring math, science and technology to life with fun games and activities for young children.
NASA’s education website providing mathematics, engineering, and scientific projects for students and resources for teachers based on the NASA space program.
A building professional's guide to more than 90 environmentally appropriate technologies and practices
Explore large structures and what it takes to build them
Explore a vast collection of engineering games, links, and activities.
Take interactive tours of extreme—and extremely fascinating—engineering projects.
JETS The Junior Engineering Technical Society is a national nonprofit educational organization that promotes engineering and technology careers to young people. Features engineering education programs.
Presented by the American Association for Artificial Intelligence, this site is designed for students, teachers, journalists, and anyone who wants to explore the world of artificial intelligence (AI) and the AI scientist.
A collection of learning activities from The Tech Museum of Innovation
ActionBioscience.org a non-commercial, educational website promoting bioscience literacy and education. Features articles by scientists, educators, and students. Includes original bioscience lessons and resources.
Games and activities from the PBS kids show ZOOM
Learning activities based on the science, technology, and discoveries of the Hubble Telescope
Animated illustrations that explain the inner workings of a variety of steam, Stirling, and internal combustion engines.
LEGO Mindstorms the official home to the Mindstorms product line of Lego sets combining programmable bricks with electric motors, sensors, Lego bricks, and Lego Technic pieces such as gears, axles, and beams.
Fun games like “tic tac tech” and brain teasers that explore and reveal the technology of everyday life
Major achievements with timelines and details
Information on technology inventions, innovations, and discoveries for kids
Explores the structure of cells, how to carve with light, how soil keeps the world in balance, and much more
A wealth of information about wind energy, solar energy, alternative fuels, and much more
This site from the Energy Information Administration invites kids to join Energy Ant in discovering different types of energy.
Produced by the National Weather Service, this site offers a comprehensive introduction to weather and weather safety and includes numerous lesson plans suitable for high school use.
Developed by the Federal Highway Administration of the United States Department of Transportation, this site explores the technology of intelligent transportation systems and provides information on careers and career opportunities in the field.
Produced by NASA for use in high schools and flight technology programs, Virtual Skies explores the worlds of aviation technology, air traffic management, and current research. http://virtualskies.arc.nasa.gov/vsmenu/vsmenu.html
Based on Nobel Prize-winning achievements, these games and simulations are educational, inspiring, and a whole lot of fun.
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