3-12, Science, Videos

Engineering Myths

This video from Mimi-Isabella Nwosu (@EngineerMimi_), an Assistant Materials Engineer in UK, is a fun way to dispel many of the myths that surround pursuing careers in engineering. For example, “Engineers are boring white guys,” seems to be a common misperception – and Nwosu is anything but boring, white, or a guy. Another one? “You… Continue reading Engineering Myths

Depth and Complexity, Education, K-12, Science, Videos

National Engineers Week

February 18-24th is National Engineers Week here in the States.  Since my 2nd graders have been studying bridges, we did an activity from the Building Big website, which is still one of my favorite resources when we talk basics about man-made structures.  Yesterday’s activity was one I had never tried with a class before, the… Continue reading National Engineers Week

6-12, Creative Thinking, Math, Problem Solving, Science

The Art of Engineering

There aren’t any fancy graphics on this video, but I love the message that Katie Correll gives in this short presentation.  I keep trying to convince my students that engineering is so much more than math and science, that’s it’s not just about following formulas and rules but about learning how to use them to… Continue reading The Art of Engineering

3-6, Education, Games

Gifts for the Gifted 2017 – RollerCoaster Challenge

A few years ago, I thought I would help out the parents of my gifted and talented students by writing about some games, toys, or books that I thought might make good purchases during the holiday season.  I called the series of posts, “Gifts for the Gifted,” and I have continued to do it annually on every… Continue reading Gifts for the Gifted 2017 – RollerCoaster Challenge

Books, Careers, Critical Thinking, Education, K-5, Parenting, Science

Ada Twist, Scientist

Andrea Beaty and David Roberts have outdone themselves with their latest book, Ada Twist, Scientist.  Beaty (author) and Roberts (illustrator) made their mark in children’s literature with their two previous books, Iggy Peck, Architect, and Rosie Revere, Engineer. Demonstrating the sometimes exasperating, but always creative, personalities of inquisitive and innovative children, these books have become favorites… Continue reading Ada Twist, Scientist

Careers, Computer Science, Education, K-12, Math, Science, Teaching Tools, Websites

National Engineers Week

What does it say about my priorities that I started handing out Valentine’s Day resources in January, but I wait until National Engineers Week is practically over before I even mention it? Not good. Anyway, for those of you who didn’t know, National Engineers Week is February 22nd-February 28th.  If you don’t live in the… Continue reading National Engineers Week