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  • Phillip Coleman, National Academy of Engineering
    Posted Monday, July 18, 2016 at 2:18 PM
    Do you think Tony Stark has any merit in the classroom?
    Posted Friday, July 15, 2016 at 12:16 PM
    Both of these men are portrayed as lone inventors.  Tony Stark is fictional, Edison is not.  So we can examine Edison's life to draw some tentative conclusions about how realistic the "lone inventor" vision really is.  In fact, Edison lead a large team ...
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  • Phillip Coleman, National Academy of Engineering

    Posted Thursday, July 7, 2016 at 10:41 AM

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    Janet Anderson, Walsh Middle School
    Posted Thursday, July 7, 2016 at 2:10 PM
    I would say most of the time they are engaged....and I don't always give them a "Things to Look for" sheet. I think the visual of the video (if it's done well in an engaging way), helps this age group see concepts that they may not "get" otherwise and ...
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    Phillip Coleman, National Academy of Engineering
    Posted Thursday, July 7, 2016 at 1:39 PM
    Thanks Janet-
    Do you find that your students are engaged or that they only do the specific notes on the "Things to Look for" 
    Janet Anderson, Walsh Middle School
    Posted Thursday, July 7, 2016 at 1:30 PM
    Hello Phillip - 
    I'm a middle school Tech Ed teacher in a Computer Lab (grade 6, 7, 8). In my classes I include a lot of topics including Computer Applications as well as some pre-engineering topics. I don't have these classes for a full term, so I find ...
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  • Maribeth Keitz, National Academy of Engineering

    Posted Friday, February 26, 2016 at 2:33 PM

    Watch the new Covering Engineers like Celebs video. Tell us what you think.

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    Linda Kekelis, Linda Kekelis Consulting
    Posted Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at 12:48 PM
    I like the video and don’t mind confessing that I also like pop culture TV programs like E! Entertainment. There is something rather addictive about how pop culture uses fast-paced features to draw us in to what’s happening. I think what we need is MORE ...
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    Elizabeth Parry, Elizabeth Parry Consulting
    Posted Monday, February 29, 2016 at 5:03 PM
    I loved this video, and love the work Viterbi does to promote engineering.  In today’s digital environment, this is a great and approachable way to share what engineers can do.  
    I believe a great need for our society is to use the word “engineering” ...
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    Posted Friday, February 26, 2016 at 4:26 PM
    Very cool video that takes a fun approach to spark conversation around a serious societal issue. Got to love the Andrew Viterbi reference at the end.
    Pop culture is a tough nut to crack. Public perception is volatile at best. I think that we should ...
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  • Beth Cady, National Academy of Engineering

    Posted Friday, January 8, 2016 at 2:20 PM

    Toys that promote engineering habits of mind have been around for many years, and new toys are being developed every year. What was your favorite engineering toy as a child? What is your favorite recent toy?
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    Kate Gramling, Illumineer
    Posted Monday, January 18, 2016 at 10:33 AM

    I really don’t remember playing with toys. I grew up on a farm where there was always something interesting to do outside. When the weather was bad, there were always books to read, which would inspire other adventures. Thinking about this question has ...

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    Deborah Fike, Spotkin
    Posted Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at 9:20 PM
    My 4 and 2 year old girls have "play tested" a lot of engineering toys.  By far and away, the most popular building toy with my children and their friends (and their parents) are Magna-Tiles, which are tiles with magnets that you can build with.   The ...
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    Pat Gramling,
    Posted Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at 4:24 PM
    Growing up in the 50’s I spent a lot of time following my dad around and “helping” with his tinkering. He was a great one for taking things you have and making something that would solve your problem or make your work easier. We still use the “Mole ...
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  • Kate Gramling, Illumineer

    Posted Thursday, November 19, 2015 at 10:00 AM


    Movies and television programs influence the ideas and opinions people develop about professions - particularly young people with little or no personal experience or role models to compare with what they see on various screens. This reality was the motivation for the recently completed "Next MacGyver" contest.

    Before we can build on good ideas students have developed about engineering - or replace the bad ones - we should ...

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    Pius Wong, Pios Labs
    Posted Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 11:47 AM
    This is a late answer, but we discussed this for our latest podcast episode:
    For our conversation, we were two engineers working in education and a science teacher working in educational leadership.  ...
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    Lynn Farrin, Maine Mathematics & Science Alliance
    Posted Friday, December 4, 2015 at 2:45 PM
    The first thing that popped into my head when I read this question was the movie "The Martian." What stood out to me, in addition to the incredible technological solutions showcased, was the perseverance exhibited by the main character - that is such an ...
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    Pat Gramling,
    Posted Sunday, November 22, 2015 at 8:36 PM
    The first scene that popped into my head was in “Apollo 13” where the engineers on the ground must figure how to put a square box in the hole made for a cylinder in order to save the lives of the astronauts. You can see a 4 minute clip of this scene on ...
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