What is Engineering?
Engineering is an integration of many disciplines, so it can seem complex to many K-12 students. Simply, engineers make things work. We tell kids to start by considering their everyday experiences: from their alarm clock to their morning shower to their bus ride to school to the technology that they use at school to their cell phones and clothing to their sporting equipment and even the food and snacks that they enjoy throughout the day. Engineers use a design process to give us the 'things' that we want and need to have a good quality of life.
What is STEM?
The nationwide STEM initiative recognizes a need to train more professionals in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. And, there are numerous reports that speak to the potential for jobs in these fields. In addition to job potential, engineering as a choice for education and training beyond high school, offers students a skill set, particularly systematic and critical thinking, that is easily transferrable to other professions such as medicine and law.
The concept of "Engineering" is hard to explain; therefore, first-hand experience is one of the best ways for a student to learn about engineering. In the College of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon, we have programs for students at the elementary, middle and high school levels. There are also many other programs in southwest Pennsylvania, such as those offered by the Carnegie Science Center.
Please consider Carnegie Mellon as a resource for questions regarding the "E" in STEM. There is a great interest in STEM education in southwestern Pennsylvania so please explore other resources as well. In the meantime, here are some quick links to STEM careers and jobs.
If you are interested in more information, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will get back to you as quickly as possible.