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The Inspire Innovation workshop is for use with students in grades 8 through 12. Designed for one 45-minute class period, it is anchored by videos from current engineering students. Your students will meet six engineering undergrads and hear what they wish someone had told them about engineering. This engaging workshop provides an overview of the engineering profession, breakdowns stereotypes about engineering, and encourages students to consider pursuing an education and career in engineering.

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  • Inspire Innovation: Discover Engineering Careers A toolkit for career counselors and their students.
  • About this Resource Most students dont know an engineer or even what engineers do. This presentation, designed for one 45-minute class period, will help you show students the exciting and rewarding field of engineering.
  • About this Resource This presentation will show students: Engineers have the technical expertise to make a difference in the world. Engineering touches many of their areas of interest. The work of engineers is more than the stereotypical picture most people have.
  • About this Resource The Inspire Innovation toolkit was produced through the collaborative efforts of: ASCE American Society of Civil Engineers ASME American Society of Mechanical Engineers NSPE National Society of Professional Engineers IEEE-USA Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers DiscoverE A coalition of 100+ engineering organizations
  • About this Resource Download and print out the following student handouts: Exploring Engineering Careers: A Family Toolkit Pathways to College: Preparing for College Pathways to College: Researching Colleges
  • About this Resource This presentation is presented via the slideshare service. You can download by clicking on the Save button. Once you download it you will see notes at the bottom of the slides. These notes present tips and content for your presentation.
  • About this Resource Funding for this toolkit was provided by:
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  • What kind of impact do you want to have on the world?
  • Do you want to Help people stay healthy? Make it easier for people to connect? Make sure people have enough to eat? Keep the planet healthy? Help prepare for natural disasters? Keep people entertained?
  • Have you considered engineering?
  • Meet Ariel Ariel wants you to know that engineering offers amazing options.
  • What is Engineering? Engineers are changing the world all of the time. They dream up creative, practical solutions and work with other smart, inspiring people to invent, design, and create things that matter.
  • Engineers create Satellites that detect drought Chemotherapy that has fewer side effects Plant-based products like biodegradable packaging Apps that help customers choose styles and then recommends matching accessories, and where to buy them
  • Do you know... Engineers have both the passion and technical expertise to make a difference in the world.
  • Do you know? The average engineers salary is $99,738. The average engineering technicians salary is $48,815.
  • Would you be surprised to know Engineers make a difference in the world. There are so many different kinds of engineering jobs. Engineering is about teamwork. Engineering is about more than math and science.
  • Meet Sandra She wants you to know that engineers make a difference and work in groups.
  • Engineers Design Artificial lenses that restore sight to the blind. Incubators that keep premature babies alive. PET scanners and MRI machines that detect a patients illness.
  • Meet Khalid Khalid wishes more people knew that engineers work in teams.
  • Did you know Engineers have improved skiing and snowboarding by developing more flexible materials.
  • Did you know Studying engineering can lead to a career in medicine, law, finance and more.
  • Meet Mike Mike wishes more people knew you dont have to be amazing in math to succeed in engineering.
  • Do you know . Engineers and technicians find jobs easily after graduation.
  • Did you know Engineers ensure safe drinking water by managing a communitys water supply..
  • Did you know Teams of engineers design methods of keeping harmful microorganisms out of our food supply.
  • Meet Mike Mike wishes more people knew that people with learning differences can be engineers.
  • Did you know? There is no one type of person who becomes an engineer or technician. Are you: Do you like: Creative Solving problems Curious and persistent Improving a process Looking to make a Working in teams difference
  • Is engineering right for you? Talk to your parents. Do you know an engineer or technician? Talk to them about their job. Go to an engineering event at a local university, museum, or local company.
  • Is engineering right for you? Watch Design Squad and see engineering in action www.pbs.org/designsquad. Go to an engineering themed summer program.
  • Is engineering right for you? Career-technical education programs What programs does your school offer? Dual credit courses Save time and money with classes that offer both high school and college credit. Internships or Youth apprenticeships Juniors and seniors try out a career through these opportunities.
  • Pathways to Engineering: Recommended High School Coursework 4 years of Math Science Language Arts Foreign Language
  • Pathways to Engineering: Community College Option 1 Earn a two-year associates degree and start a great career as a technician or technologist. Option 2 Earn a two-year associates degree and then apply to a four year university with an engineering school.
  • Pathways to Engineering: 4-Year University or College Option 1 Apply to the school then seek admittance into the engineering school. Option 2 Apply for admittance directly into the engineering school. With either option look for schools with ABET accreditation.
  • Pathways to Engineering: 4-Year University or College Option 3 Look for schools that offer a 32 program. Students first obtain a BA in liberal arts in three years and then transfer into the engineering college to earn their BS in engineering.
  • Pathways to Engineering: The Military Option 1 Apply to a Service Academy. Option 2 Enlist in the military. When you leave the service you can enroll in any of the previous options.
  • Pathways to Engineering: Researching Schools Make a list of your interests: Do you want to play sports? Stay close to home? What else is important to you?
  • Pathways to Engineering: Researching Schools When researching a school, ask questions like: What is the first year of coursework like? Are projects integrated into classes? Do students have a chance to work in teams?
  • Pathways to Engineering: Researching Schools Here are some more questions to ask: Are their internships and other opportunities to get practical experience? Are there clubs or programs (ie., Engineers Without Borders) where you can explore your interest further?
  • Pathways to Engineering: Financial Aid U.S. Department of Education www.studentaid.ed.gov www.collegecost.ed.gov Local opportunities Explore your own backyard. Engineering societies Have you heard of NSBE, SWE, ASME, ACSE, IEEE-USA, NSPE? They all offer scholarships!
  • Meet Anne Anne wants you to know there are lot of people you can count on for support.
  • Pathways to Engineering: Campus Life Once you get to school, maximize your college experience by joining some of these groups: Engineering societies ASME, ACSE, IEEE-USA, and more Diversity associations NSBE, SHPE, SWE, and more Clubs & competitions Engineers without Borders, Concrete Canoe, Solar Decathlon, and more
  • Next Steps Visit www.DiscoverE.org/discoverengineering to learn more about engineering careers. Talk to your parents. Look for opportunities to continue to explore engineering.