What is an Engineer?

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What does an engineer do?

An engineer builds, makes, and creates. An engineer solves problems. Engineers imagine things and try to make new things that help people. Engineers invent things. Engineers find a problem and test different solutions to see what will work.

What kinds of engineers are there?

Computer engineers

Electrical engineers

Environmental engineers

Nuclear engineers

Mechanical engineers

Biomedical engineers

Chemical engineers

Aerospace engineers

Biosystems engineers

What is the Engineering Design Process?

Making sure the solution fits the problem or answering a question. Following through with an idea. They have a cyclical process.

What are the steps to the Engineering Design Process?

ASK- Ask a question. Identify the problem.

IMAGINE- (Explore) Finding different ideas. Brainstorming.

PLAN- Diagram or design a plan.

CREATE- Executing my plan. (example: building a structure)

IMPROVE- Test your creation. Make improvements or changes to make it better.

GO BACK AND START AGAIN

What are some cool and important things that engineers have designed?

Space Shuttles                         Cars                      House Appliances        Roller Coasters

Trains                                Laptops                    Pool tables         Computer Programs

Space Suits                         iPads                        Lasers              Lightbulbs

What would be most challenging about being an engineer?

Background knowledge

Lots of parts to balance

Solving a problem/ having to deal with failure

Thinking outside of the box (creative)

What skills do you think you would need to have to be a good engineer?

Hard working and diligent

Smart

Patience

Creative

Confidence

Grit

Organized

Would you consider the three little pigs engineers? Why or why not?

YES

MAYBE

NO

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