Try Engineering

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Bottom Line

This one-stop shop is best used for helping teachers plan engineering lessons and getting students involved with the community.

How Can I Teach with This Tool?

Teachers can use TryEngineering to find science and engineering lesson plans and resources. Almost 150 printable lesson plans include everything teachers need to know for implementation in the classroom. As your students get older, direct them to the Become an Engineer section so they can learn how many different kinds of engineers there are and discover the variety of responsibilities for each career. For those students who intend to study engineering in college, the Find a University section can be a starting point for discovering engineering programs all over the world. Profiled engineers and images on the site represent a variety of demographics, including age, gender, geography, and ethnic background. The Get Involved! section of the site has the most potential to get students actively involved in engineering fields. Have them search for summer camps, competitions, internships, scholarships, and more. Keep in mind that some of the resources and games listed on the site are outdated or no longer available.

What Is It?

TryEngineering is an educational site for all things engineering: career information, a database of university programs, lesson plans, and online games. Put together by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a not-for-profit technical professional organization, the site helps students research over 25 engineering fields, such as aerospace, computer, mechanical, and civil engineering, with over a dozen of them explained in detail. Some less common engineering fields, such as ceramic, mining, and petroleum engineering, are also described in brief. Profiles of actual engineers help students understand what work in the field looks like day-to-day. Additionally, the site includes links to many afterschool programs, competitions, maker events, scholarships, internships, and clubs.

Is It Good for Learning?

Using the resources on TryEngineering, students, teachers, parents, and guidance counselors will learn about dozens of engineering careers, and discover which universities have which engineering programs. Visitors to the site will learn about the types of work engineers do, specializations, famous engineers in the field, places to find work, skills that are required, and suggested coursework and activities to support engineering goals. They can research over 3,300 universities around the world, and learn about engineering from experts in those fields.
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