The United States has been celebrating National Engineers Week the full third week of February since 1951 when it originated with the National Society of Professional Engineers in conjunction with President George Washington's birthday. President Washington is considered as the nation's first engineer, notably for his survey work.
According to Wikipedia, National Engineers Week is "observed by more than 70 engineering, education, and cultural societies, and more than 50 corporations and government agencies. The purpose of National Engineers Week is to call attention to the contributions to society that engineers make. It is also a time for engineers to emphasize the importance of learning math, science, and technical skills."
How do you think technological advancements have impacted engineering?
How do you foresee their influence will impact engineering in the future?
Technology obviously has a tremendous impact upon any discipline. In the case of engineering, technological advances have changed what engineers do and how they do it. Back in February 1951, engineers were not creating robots that would roam the surface of a far-away planet like Mars. And there's that anecdote that reports that there is more power and technology in the smart phones we carry around than was on board the space ships that took humans to the moon.
What hasn't changed though is the significant role that critical thinking plays in engineering. An engineer must be able to weigh options, predict results, and choose among an ever-growing pool of technologies. That's where reading and language arts bring valuable instruction to a STEM curriculum. An engineer has to be able to compare and contract, to analyze data, and even to persuade people that one option is better than another. As I think of the future of engineering, I'm certain the that technologies will continue to change, but the basic critical thinking that helps an engineer navigate a world full of technology is and will continue to be one of the most significant tools in the engineer's toolbox.
If you do a search on Google, you will find links to many resources in the field of engineering as referenced below:
Here are some sites that provide ideas on how technological advancements relate to the field of engineering:
What other resources have you found to use with students?
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