Everyday Engineering

The new year is here. To help classrooms get into gear, the STEM Careers Coalition is giving students the tools to build their best year yet, with real-world engineering investigations that support hands-on skill-building and career exploration.

Engineering in STEM

In Celebration of Engineer's Week, the Discovery Education STEM Careers Coalition (SCC) has released a curated collection to spotlight Engineering professionals in STEM. Follow along as the SCC demonstrates how you can introduce your students to STEM with over 200 resources designed to uncover students' STEM skills to activate future solution seekers. Our exciting content includes resources ranging from hands-on student activations and lessons to the extensive database of career profiles and family activities.

Spotlight On Engineering Careers

Introduce students to exciting engineering-related careers with these curated profiles. Students can go on the job with real professionals working in a wide variety of industries.

Microsoft

Minecraft Gaming Engineer

Middle & High School | Grades: 6–12
Video Length
4:21 min

Gaming Engineers are dedicated to improving the consumer’s gaming experience through the nitty-gritty coding that goes into a game’s engine. They collaborate with a large team and are expert communicators when it comes to tackling challenges. 

American Society of Civil Engineering

Humanitarian Engineer

Middle & High School | Grades: 6–12
Video Length
3:17 min

Humanitarian Engineers use their expert knowledge of engineering and strong communication skills to help others understand complex scientific and mathematical concepts. They are instrumental in bridging the gap between abstract ideas and real-world engineering applications. 

ASME

Distributed Energy Resources Engineers

Elementary, Middle, & High School | Grades: K–12
Video Length
3:45 min

Distributed Energy Resources Engineers innovate better ways for utility companies to supply power to communities and generate power from those communities. They are mechanical engineers who specialize in the generation and distribution of energy, collaborating across industries to power communities. 

ASCE

Renewable Energy Engineer

Elementary, Middle, & High School | Grades: K–12
Video Length
4:07 min

Renewable Energy Engineers are always looking for new ways of producing energy from sustainable sources. They find ways to use sunlight, wind, water, and geothermal energy to reduce the environmental impacts of energy production. 

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Nevada Gold Mines

Environmental Engineer

Middle & High School | Grades: 6–12
Video Length
2:21 min

Environmental engineers use specialized understanding of science and mathematics to address environmental problems such as pollution, climate change, the spread of disease, and threats to wildlife species. They plan and conduct investigations of environmental issues and draft reports on their findings.

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Keysight Technologies

R&D Software Engineer

Middle & High School | Grades: 6–12
Video Length
3:54 min

R&D Software Engineers combine creativity and technology skills working on innovative software that allows businesses to maximize success. They collaborate with other teams and develop tools that can be used to test and improve existing software.

Stanley Black & Decker

Reliability Engineer

Elementary, Middle, & High School | Grades: K–12
Video Length
3:19 min

Reliability Engineers provide the tools and innovative solutions needed in the manufacturing process to ensure that the products produced meet and exceed customer expectations. Reliability Engineers act on behalf of the customer throughout the process, collaborating across a wide variety of departments. 

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Boeing

Structural Stress Engineer

Middle & High School | Grades: 6–12
Video Length
3:53 min

Stress Engineers play a key role in maintaining the safety of air travel by inspecting aircrafts to make sure that all parts are operating correctly. They expertly detect any stresses or strains in each individual part throughout the aircraft, from massive plane wings all the way down to plastic utensils for commercial flights. 

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Boeing

Visualization Engineer

Middle & High School | Grades: 6–12
Video Length
5:08 min

Visualization Engineers create digital models (or Visualizations) of physical systems or events that can be analyzed in science and engineering. They support problem-solving and abstract thinking with precise simulations created from computer-aided design software, Virtual Reality and other advanced tech. 

ASCE

Water Quality Engineer

Elementary, Middle, & High School | Grades: K–12
Video Length
4:44 min

Water Quality Engineers use a specialized understanding of science and mathematics to address environmental problems related to water such as pollution, water treatment, and access. They study the ways industrial and residential water treatment and irrigation systems interact with natural processes. 

Stanley Black & Decker

Electro-Mechanical Engineer

Elementary, Middle, & High School | Grades: K–12
Video Length
4:00 min

Electro-Mechanical Engineers are go-to experts within companies that make and use electrical and mechanical products, like robots, computer hardware, and power tools. Their creativity and problem-solving skills support everything from design to manufacture. 

Procter & Gamble

Senior IT Director

Elementary, Middle, & High School | Grades: K–12
Video Length
3:48 min

IT Senior Directors tackle real-world tech challenges by combining expert understanding of new technologies and leadership skills needed to apply business strategies to tech issues. They oversee the Information Technology department within an organization. 

AES

Solar Engineer

Elementary, Middle, & High School | Grades: K–12
Video Length
3:47 min

Solar Engineers oversee the scientific process involved in harnessing the sun's energy to power homes, businesses, and industry. They combine a variety of STEM skills with leadership and problem-solving to supervise the design, installation, and monitoring of solar energy systems. 

Arconic Foundation

Environmental Health and Safety Engineer

Elementary, Middle, & High School | Grades: K–12
Video Length
3:25 min

Health & Safety Coordinators manage the safety and wellbeing of employees working in industrial manufacturing facilities. They use their strong interpersonal and communication skills to ensure that all employees’ health and safety needs are met through the use of rigorous precautions and standards.

Chevron

Facilities Engineer

Elementary, Middle, & High School | Grades: K–12
Video Length
4:25 min

Facilities engineers are the masterminds who oversee all the essential aspects of maintaining a facility, whether for planning new projects or improving existing facilities. They ensure optimal facility operations by designing, constructing, and managing all infrastructure components.

Chevron

Petroleum Drilling Engineer

Elementary, Middle, & High School | Grades: K–12
Video Length
4:05

Petroleum Drilling Engineers are the scientists who explore below Earth for the best places to find oil and natural gas using criteria such as the efficiency of retrieval, safety, and profitability of deposit. They will often specialize in an aspect of drilling operations such as reservoir engineering, drilling engineering, completions engineering, and production engineering.

Microsoft

Software Engineer

Elementary, Middle, & High School | Grades: K–12
Video Length
5:19 min

Software Engineers apply the principles of engineering to computer science to create software that powers computers and many other everyday electronic devices. Their expertise in programming languages offers many career opportunities developing apps, video games, social media and more.

ASME

Engineering Project Manager

Elementary, Middle, & High School | Grades: K–12
Video Length
4:12

Engineering Project Managers enable Mechanical Engineers, Civil Engineers, and Electrical Engineers to collaborate on solutions for strengthening natural gas and oil infrastructure. They are skilled problem-solvers with engineering knowledge who love taking things apart and putting them back together again.

Boeing

Product Design and Analysis Engineer

Elementary, Middle, & High School | Grades: K–12
Video Length
3:44

Product Design and Analysis Engineers thoroughly investigate products to assess how they have performed throughout their lifecycles, before determining potential improvements that could be made. Using the power of holistic assessment, they help optimize future designs and functionality.

Boeing

Mechanical Engineer

Elementary, Middle, & High School | Grades: K–12
Video Length
4:11

Mechanical Engineers help solve difficult abstract problems with practical real-world solutions that will run safely, efficiently, and reliably. Touching on countless aspects of our daily lives, from the movement of machines to the human body itself, this is one of the most diverse fields of engineering.

Chevron

Design Engineer

Elementary, Middle, & High School | Grades: K–12
Video Length
4:28 min

Design engineers are visionary planners who develop innovative solutions to problems using technical knowledge, design skills, and mathematical expertise. They use computers extensively for design and prototype, and can be found in a range of sectors solving problems for both the long-term and the day-to-day.

Arconic Foundation

Process Engineer

Middle & High School | Grades: 6–12
Video Length
3:25 min

Process Engineers are leadership-oriented professionals who combine business management skills with knowledge of multiple fields of science and mathematics, including Chemistry, Thermodynamics, and Physics. They design systems that help factories and plants maximize the efficient production of goods.

Hands-On Engineering Activities for Classrooms

Explore timely and relevant ways to connect engineering to students’ everyday lives with flexible, easy-to-implement activities. Spark creativity and collaboration in any learning environment. 

Product Health

Health

Product Health

How can we develop new consumer goods to meet today’s health needs?
High School: Grades 9-12
45-60 minute activity

Students will reevaluate the consumer packaged goods in their everyday lives through the eyes of a Product Design Engineer. They will collaborate to solve a need in the marketplace using the design thinking process, then complete a SWOT analysis on their product idea. 

Sustainable Innovation

Communities

Sustainable Innovation

How can autonomous vehicles contribute to sustainable communities?
High School: Grades 9-12
45-60 minute activity

Students will consider the potential benefits and risks of autonomous vehicles using a mechanical engineering lens. They will identify characteristics of community sustainability to help design their own proposal for implementing autonomous vehicles locally.

Video Game Design

Learning

Video Game Design

How can we design and program diverse video game characters?
Elementary School: Grades K–5
45–60 minute activity

Students use the ever-popular world of video games to explore computational thinking and diversity. They will create custom-designed video game characters in their image, then develop their own original code to create some cool character movements.

Featured Engineering Employee Activities

Bring real-world career paths to life in the classroom with engineering-related activities that can be used to facilitate a STEM Careers Coalition Volunteer Visit.

CPG Innovations

Consumer Packaged Goods

CPG Innovations

How much do you care about the packaging a product comes in?
Middle and High School | Grades: 6–12
Flexible Time

Take a closer look at the consumer packaged goods (CPGs) pervading students’ lives. After exploring the various types of materials used in CPGs, students will design a product of their own that is packaged in a way that is both sustainable and profitable.

Testing the Code

Technology

Testing the Code

Elementary School | Grades: K–5
Flexible Time

Demonstrate to students how computers “think” using sets of precise detailed instructions. Students can have some fun learning about the power of coding by performing quality assurance testing for the creation of an imaginary computer game.

Oil and Gas Activity

Oil and Natural Gas

Energy Engineers

Middle and High School | Grades: 6–12
Flexible Time

Chemical energy powers most of our daily lives, but students may need a refresher on the underlying concept of energy itself. Enlighten students about practical uses of energy by having them simulate an interview for a petroleum engineer internship. 

Oil Pull

Energy

Oil Pull

How are oil pumping units used to pull oil out of reservoir rock and pump it to a well at the surface?
Elementary School: Grades K–5
45-60 minute activity

Students will investigate the science that is used to extract oil from the earth and pump it to the surface for human use. They will learn about the viscosity of liquids and how this affects the efficiency of a pump, before drafting a formal hypothesis based on their findings.

Sharing Sunlight

Energy

Sharing Sunlight

How can we transfer solar energy collected from sunny places to cities with less sunlight?
High School: Grades 9-12
45-60 minute activity

Explore the exciting possibilities of solar energy as students learn how sunlight is converted into electricity for everyday use. Students will take on a design challenge in which they consider whether solar energy could be transferred from sunny places to colder climates. 

Explore Engineering as A Family

Take advantage of downtime at home with engineering-related activities for the whole family. Find fun ways to engage students in project-based learning and self-guided investigation.

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General

Structural Strength

How can structures survive earthquakes?
Grades: K-8
Subject
STEM
20–30 minutes

Erect an earthquake-resistant homemade structure out of household materials, then test the durability of what you built by shaking things up! 

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Learning

DIY Challenge

How can you make learning fun?
Grades: K-8
Subject
STEM
20–30 minutes

Think outside-the-box as a team by researching a topic that has special meaning to your family, then turn what you learned into a fun new game. 

Engineering, Nature Style! Design Challenge

Exploration and Discovery

Engineering, Nature Style! Design Challenge

Can you build a paper airplane inspired by nature?
Grades: K-8
Subject
STEM
20–30 minutes

Nature acts as an inspiration for many designs and innovations. One example is how airplanes have taken the shape of birds.

Geodesic-Inspired Dome Design Challenge

Communities

Geodesic-Inspired Dome Design Challenge

Can you make a clubhouse with triangles and squares?
Grades: K-8
Subject
STEM
60–120 minutes

Practice essential design and management skills as a family by crafting a neat dome structure in your home built out of recycled paper products.

Playing Card Programming Design Challenge

Learning

Playing Card Programming Design Challenge

Can you design a story and program a character using a deck of cards?
Grades: K-8
Subject
STEM
20–30 minutes

Bring the power of programming to life around the house with a fun activity that combines creative storytelling and computational thinking.