A Tool to Get Kids Thinking about Engineering

engineering-cool-550Engineering may sound pretty boring to your typical tween or teen. Do you ever talk to your students about STEM careers in engineering? We really can’t expect them to appreciate all the creative possibilities without some “awareness raising.”

Last spring at my MiddleWeb blog, I posted an article with the title “Could Engineering Be the Coolest Job Ever?” In it, I shared some language we might use to interest students in researching the many exciting job prospects in STEM-related fields. I hope you’ll check it out. At the end of the article, you’ll find a link to download the content and adapt it for your own classroom.

Need something quick? Here’s another resource I’ve put together – the Engineering Interest Check-up. You could use it with my MiddleWeb post or as a stand-alone. It’s a 3-minute, one page student awareness survey. Click on the image below to download it as an editable Word document.

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Just click!

Anne Jolly

Anne Jolly began her career as a lab scientist, caught the science teaching bug, and was recognized as an Alabama Teacher of the Year during her years as a middle grades science teacher. From 2007-2014 Anne was part of an NSF-funded team that developed middle grades STEM curriculum modules and teacher PD materials for the Mobile Area Education Foundation's Engaging Youth through Engineering (EYE) initiative. Anne has also teamed with science and math teachers to help them develop and implement their own STEM curriculum. Her book STEM By Design: Strategies & Activities for Grades 4-8 was published by Routledge/MiddleWeb in July 2016.

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