Possible pre-survey for students to use: Jets Survey And a place for them to explore careers: Explore careers

Build a Dam Project with Story

Engineering without borders project search EWB

Multimedia options to explain common misunderstandings http://illumin.usc.edu/multimedia.php
Ideas, ideas - many of which are short term projects engineering pathway

Robotics resources

The CEEO is actively involved with the development of several educational products aimed at fostering a better understanding of and engagement in STEM education from pre-kindergarten through university levels.
Our products include:
  • **SAM Animation**: Download this free software, then create your own animation and upload to the online community.
  • Robolab: A graphical programming language for the LEGO MINDSTORMS robotics toolset.
  • Robobooks: Interactive digital workbooks currently in development.
  • LabVIEW Education Edition: A graphical programming language for robotics in the classroom
There are also a number of Other Products in the works at the CEEO. Check them out!



Possible Projects

Big Idea Questions


Purpose, Importance, and Career Fields of Engineering
  • Energy & Motion
  • Modern Engineering Accomplishments
Tools of the Engineer
  • Structures and Forces
    1. CAD
    2. CAM
    3. Lasers
    4. 3D Printer
    5. Simple Machines
The Engineering Process: Problem-solving
  • Systems
    1. Using power source to do useful taks
    2. Optimizing performance using feedback and measurement
Alternative Energy Production???
  • Project 0 Engineering Career/Discipline Research Project (Texas Curriculum Enrichment Modules B)
  • Project 1 (Problem-solving):
    • Cardboard Crane
    • Paper Table
  • Project 2 (Drafting & Design):
    • Power-Tower
    • Trebuchet
  • Project 3 (Systems and Optimization):
    • Tetrix Robot Project
    • Wind Turbine???
  • Project 4 (Challenge)
    • Jump Stilts
    • T-shirt launcher
    • Kicking Machine
    • PVC Boat Challenge
  • Roller Coaster???
Project Resources
electric lawnmower
  • How is engineering related to math, science, and the world around us?
  • How can energy be harnessed to do work?
  • How can we safely, efficiently and efficiently produce clean energy?
  • How can materials be used to produce structures that are strong and durable?



Here are a number of resources related to Engineering and Physics.

Common Preconceptions

  1. The following are common student preconceptions about engineering:
  2. Students have little to no knowledge about what engineers do, or the range of engineering careers open to them.
  3. Students rarely know anyone who is an engineer unless that person is a relative.
  4. Student typically view engineering as limited to planning, designing, building, fixing and repairing things. Engineers are typically perceived as male, but rarely female.
  5. All engineers are viewed as lacking social qualities.
  6. Most people in the United States do not recognize the role of engineers in developing new forms of energy or drugs, or even working in space. These activities are seen as the work of scientists.
  7. Most people do not realize that engineers work with scientists to create new technologies.

WHY K-12 ENGINEERING? from http://teachengineering.com/whyk12engr.php

The TeachEngineering Digital Library exists to provide teachers with the curricular materials to bring engineering into the K-12 classroom for a single day, a unit, or even an entire course - but why would a teacher introduce students to engineering in the first place? Below are some answers to that question from TeachEngineering and the K-12 engineering education community. The answers fall into two categories: 1) to improve your students' learning, and 2) to guide your students to great careers:
Improve Student Learning

Introduce Exciting Career Paths
Becoming a technological thinker and leader is essential for full participation in our high-tech, global world. Exploration of engineering with K-12 learners inspires youngsters to become aware of the human-made world around them. Developing engineering habits of mind helps all people (including youth) imagine themselves as shaping the future - developing skills to address real-world challenges and creating things for the benefit of humanity and our planet. Because engineering is a natural platform for integration of multiple subjects, and evidence suggests that //design as a pedagogical strategy// promotes learning across disciplines, K-12 engineering curricula introduces young students to relevant and fulfilling science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) futures.

Best Websites

Teach Engineering . org - a warehouse of ideas and lesson plans

Teach Engineering Website


Engineering Pathway: Curriculum resources-- Great!

Free Texts to Explore

More online text

Potential Textbooks
Engineering Fundamentals: An Introduction to Engineering
Engineering Fundamentals: An Introduction to Engineering

Engineering Fundamentals: An Introduction to Engineering
by Saeed Moaveni text

An Introduction to Engineering Design and Problem Solving
by Arvid Eide text

Engineering Design: A Project Based Introduction
by Clive Dym text

Introduction to Engineering Technology, 7/E Pearson Text
Robert J. Pond, Central Ohio Technical College
Jeffrey L. Rankinen, Pennsylvania College of Technology
ISBN-10: 0135154308
ISBN-13: 9780135154304
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Copyright: 2009
Format: Paper; 408 pp
Published: 04/30/2008

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Engineering your Future: a Project-Based Introduction to Engineering
Authors: Gomez, Oakes, Leone
Hardcover, 473 pgs, color photos throughout
ISBN: 978-1-881018-82-7 (1-881018-82-2) text

Introduction to Engineering: Modeling and Problem Solving
Jay Brockman (University of Notre Dame) text

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Physics with RoboticsWilliam ChurchTony FordNatasha PerovaCopyright 2009, 200 Pages

Introduction to Engineering Design,Book 2, Second Edition:Weighing Machines, 2003
Introduction to Engineering Design,Book 4: Human Powered Pumping Systems, 1999
Introduction to Engineering Design,Book 5:Wind Powered Water Pumps, 2000
Introduction to Engineering Design,Book 6:Projects and Success Skills, 2001
Introduction to Engineering Design,Book 7, Second Edition:Projects, Skills and LEGO Challenges, 2006
Introduction to Engineering Design,Book 9, Second Edition:Engineering Skills and Hovercraft Missions2007
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Introduction to Engineering Design,Book 9, Third Edition:Engineering Skills and Hovercraft Missions2008
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Introduction to Engineering Design,Book 9, Fourth Edition:Engineering Skills and Hovercraft Missions2010
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Robotics Curriculum Clearinghouse
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Pre-K-12 Engineering
Standards-aligned engineering activities for grades Pre-K to 12th Grade.
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NASA Student Involvement Program
Six competitions for grades K-12 that link students directly with NASA's exciting missions of exploration and discovery.
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Robotics Starter Kits for Educators
A guide to different robotics kits.
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Robotics Academy Camp-on-a-Disk
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Educational Robotics Cyber Laboratory
Curricular materials to promote hands-on learning.
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Multi-unit Robotics Curriculum
Give students meaningful exercises that introduce or reinforce applied physics and mathematics concepts.
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Java-programmable educational robot.
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GEARS Educational Systems
Robotics platform with projects and suggested curriculum.
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Battlebots IQ
Educational lessons about robotics.
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Robotic Autonomy Activities
A series of exercises intended to explore principles of autonomous robotics.
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6-week Robotics Curriculum
A set of introductory robotics modules.
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Robotics Programming
Simulate robotics missions and learning BASIC programming.
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Robotics Technology Curriculum
Select activities to suit the learner from elementary to advanced and manual robot control to computer program modes.
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Stamps in Class
Introduction to topics such as microcontrollers, analog and digital, and advanced robotics.
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EST Foundations
The EST Foundations curriculum is comprised of project based lesson plans to introduce students to engineering. Students will explore the new product development process, how marketing impacts engineering, and careers in engineering and science. There are eleven fully developed one-week modules.
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Trinity Fire-Fighting Robot Contest
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RI/SME Robotics Contest
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Battlebots IQ
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BEST Robotics
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National Engineering Challenge
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FIRST® Robotics Competition
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Robofest is an annual autonomous robotics competition focusing on learning STEM for students in grades 5 - 12.
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Storming Robots
Storming Robots offers classes for those interested in participating in robotics competitions, robotics technology clubs, computer programming classes, etc.
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FIRST® Tech Challenge
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VEX Robotics Competition
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National Underwater Robotics Competition
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Engineering Societies
Aerospace Engineering:
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
Agricultural Engineering:
American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE)
Architectural Engineering:
Architectural Engineering Institute (AEI, part of ASCE)
Automotive Engineering:
Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)
Biomedical Engineering:
Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES)
Chemical Engineering:
American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
Civil Engineering:
American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Computer Engineering:
IEEE Computer Society
Electrical Engineering:
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Environmental Engineering:
American Academy of Environmental Engineers (AAEE)
Geological Engineering:
Geological Society of American, Engineering Geology Division
Industrial Engineering: http://www.iienet2.org/Default.aspx
Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE)
Marine Engineering:
Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME)
Mechanical Engineering:
American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
Mining Engineering:
American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers (AIME)
Nuclear Engineering:
American Nuclear Society (ANS)
Petroleum Engineering:
Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE)
Systems Engineering:
International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE)










National Academy of Engineering