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Frustrated by gridlock? Traffic engineers feel your pain. Using math, they devise ways to improve the flow of vehicles at busy intersections and on highways. Here is an example of the kind of problem they might try to solve. Designed for advanced high-school algebra students, it can be worked out most easily using Microsoft Excel.
K-12 engineering education has the potential to improve student learning and achievement in science and mathematics, increase awareness about what engineers do and of engineering as a potential career, and boost students’ technological literacy, according to a new report from the National Academy of Engineering and the National Research Council.
Craig Kohn has an outside-the-box approach to education. His students take on real-world agriscience challenges, like converting algae to biofuel. “If our students walk away memorizing facts but are unable to use them, we have failed,” he says.
Universities, companies, museums, government agencies and military services offer an array of engineering-related competitions and after-school and summer programs.
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Explore the new eGFI website with your students
Introduce your students to engineering with our new interactive cards. Each card illustrates a particular discipline and includes the following:
- Did you know? (a fun factoid)
- Make a difference (explains how this type of engineer makes a difference in the world)
- Where do they work? (Industries, companies, organizations, and the type of work involved)
- Meet one (meet a real engineer)
Ask them to pick their favorite and tell you why.