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Engineering Careers

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:

  • Aerospace
    Design, construct, and test aircrafts, missiles, and spacecrafts.
  • Agriculture
    Apply engineering technology and biolological science to agricultural problems concerning machinery, electrification, sturctures, soil, water conservation, and processing of products.
  • Biomedical
    Apply principles to the design, development, and the evaluation of biological and health systems and products such as artificial organs, medical information systems, and health management and care delivery systems.
  • Chemical
    Design chemical plant equipment and devise processes for manufacturing chemicals and products such as gasoline, synthetic rubber, plastics, cement, and paper.
  • Civil
    Plan, design, and oversee construction and maintenance of building structures and facilities such as roads, railroads, airports, bridges, dams, and pipelines.
  • Electrical
    Design, develop, test, and supervise the manufacturing and installation of electrical equipment for commercial, industrial, military, and scientific use.
  • Environmental
    Design, plan, and perform duties in the prevention, control, and remediation of environmental health hazards.
  • Mechanical
    Plan and design tools, engines, machines etc. and oversee installation, operation, maintenance and repair of equipment such as centralized heat, gas, and water systems.
  • Nuclear
    Conduct research and apply principles of nuclear science to problems concerning the release, control, and utilization of nuclear energy and waste.

The following websites provide an excellent introduction to the world of engineering. 

A Sightseer’s Guide to 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.
http://www.engineeringsights.org/

Cyberchase Online

Bring math, science and technology to life with fun games and activities for young children.
http://pbskids.org/cyberchase/

NASA’s Education Website

NASA’s education website  providing mathematics, engineering, and scientific projects for students and resources for teachers based on the NASA space program.
http://www.education.nasa.gov/home/index.html

Advanced Buildings

A building professional's guide to more than 90 environmentally appropriate technologies and practices
http://www.advancedbuildings.org/

BUILDING BIG™

Explore large structures and what it takes to build them
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/buildingbig/

Discover Engineering

Explore a vast collection of engineering games, links, and activities.
http://www.discoverengineering.org/default.asp

Extreme Engineering

Take interactive tours of extreme—and extremely fascinating—engineering projects.
http://dsc.discovery.com/convergence/engineering/engineering.html

Junior Engineering Technical Society (JETS)

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.
http://www.jets.org/index.cfm

American Association for Artificial Intelligence 

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.
http://www.aaai.org/AITopics/html/welcome.html

The Tech Museum of Innovation

A collection of learning activities from The Tech Museum of Innovation
http://www.thetech.org/education/programs/athome/

Action BioSciences

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.
http://www.actionbioscience.org/

PBSkids show ZOOM

Games and activities from the PBS kids show ZOOM
http://pbskids.org/zoom/games/index.html

Hubble Telescope

Learning activities based on the science, technology, and discoveries of the Hubble Telescope
http://hubblesite.org/

Animated Engines

Animated illustrations that explain the inner workings of a variety of steam, Stirling, and internal combustion engines.
http://www.keveney.com/Engines.html

Lego Mindstorm

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.
http://mindstorms.lego.com/?domainredir=www.legomindstorms.com

Get Tech

Fun games like “tic tac tech” and brain teasers that explore and reveal the technology of everyday life
http://www.gettech.org/

Engineering Achievements of the 20th Century

Major achievements with timelines and details
http://www.greatachievements.org/

BrainPop 

Information on technology inventions, innovations, and discoveries for kids
http://www.brainpop.com/technology/seeall/

Berkley Labs

Explores the structure of cells, how to carve with light, how soil keeps the world in balance, and much more
http://www.lbl.gov/wonder/

Kids Saving Energy

A wealth of information about wind energy, solar energy, alternative fuels, and much more
http://www1.eere.energy.gov/kids/

Energy Ant

This site from the Energy Information Administration invites kids to join Energy Ant in discovering different types of energy.
http://www.eia.doe.gov/kids/

Jetstream-Online School for Weather

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.
http://www.srh.noaa.gov/srh/jetstream/

Intelligent Transportation Systems

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.
http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/education/its/itshome.htm

Virtual Skies

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

Nobel Prize Winners

Based on Nobel Prize-winning achievements, these games and simulations are educational, inspiring, and a whole lot of fun.
http://nobelprize.org/educational_games/

Additional Information

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