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This year’s theme for National Engineers Week is ‘Dream Big’, and it really embodies what the engineering profession is all about. Engineering is about taking a small idea, building upon it and transforming it into a reality. Engineers engage their creativity and technical know-how to transform dreams into reality.
Here are three ways that you can encourage the students of today, and our engineers of tomorrow, to Dream Big.
While at first glance, this suggestion sounds simple enough, the truth is that many students do not know an engineer. How can they be motivated to pursue a profession without any exposure to it? So whether you are a teacher or parent, take the time to not only explain the engineering field, but introduce your child or students to an engineer. An engineer will be able to explain what they do and answer any field-specific questions.
Engineering by nature is a hands-on field. While there are indeed many theories to learn, the most engaging way of teaching engineering is to let students get their hands “dirty”. Hands-on activities engage different parts of the brain, help foster a love of the discipline all while encouraging a growth mindset.
Get outside and go for a walk. This gives you a chance to glance up at those tall buildings, gaze upon the city parks and revel in all things engineering. Without engineering all of the things you walk by would not exist. Engineers constructed those skyscrapers, they designed the cars zooming by and built those bridges you walk across. Examples of engineering can be seen everywhere you turn. Engage your child during the walk by asking leading questions and encouraging discussion.
Children are inherently creative and have many ideas floating around in their heads. Discuss the ideas that they have. Narrow their list of ideas down until you come to a single idea, and then pursue it. You don’t have to be an engineer yourself to do this.
For example, if your child has an idea for a cool and innovative product, you can:
You never know, you might also learn something along the way.
The spirit of engineering is built upon curiosity and determination. Whether your child is currently interested in engineering or not, always encourage them to Dream Big. The bigger the dream, the fiercer the passion.
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We know that our “product” this week Girls Driving for a Difference (A Design Studio on Wheels) is not an actual product per se. In sticking with National Engineers Week, we have decided to feature a group of motivated young ladies wanting to make a difference by bringing the concept of “Design Thinking” to middle-school aged girls. This type of “out-of-the-box” critical thinking is a skill that future engineers will need to succeed. Our President and Chief 3D Printing Officer, Collin Kobayashi, has experience as a mentoring coach for the Design Thinking Hawaii Boot Camp and knows how important this kind of education can be.
These four Stanford women have STEM education backgrounds and, just as important, a passion for empowering young women to find their voice and become leaders. This group plans on driving across the country this summer and hold two-hour long workshops that focus on design thinking and leadership skills in ten different cities and at least fifty communities but, have turned to Kickstarter to help with funding for supplies, preparation and travel expenses. We commend their passion and drive and, this is why we are featuring them as our “Product of the Week”.
“Our team of four Stanford students will be driving an RV across the United States for ten weeks, visiting young women’s communities (specifically camps and organizations for middle school girls), and coaching design thinking and leadership workshops! These workshops are crafted to give girls the tools, inspiration, and creative confidence to explore their purpose, enact social change in their communities, and envision their own dreams for someday changing the world.”
3D Innovations is a full service 3D Engineering/Design company – from the 3D Design to a fully functional 3D Prototype & Product.
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