Engineers try to make things that do not exist in nature.

  • Almost all engineers working on new designs find that they do not have all the needed information.

Engineering is

  • the discipline and profession of applying scientific knowledge and utilizing natural laws and physical resources in order to design and implement materials, structures, machines, devices, systems, and processes that realize a desired objective and meet specified criteria.
  • According to the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, engineering occurs when the “knowledge of the mathematical and natural sciences gained by study, experience, and practice is applied with judgment to develop ways to utilize economically the materials and forces of nature for the benefit of mankind.”
  • the creative application of scientific principles to design or develop structures, machines, apparatus, or manufacturing processes, or works utilizing them singly or in combination; or to construct or operate the same with full cognizance of their design; or to forecast their behavior under specific operating conditions; all as respects an intended function, economics of operation and safety to life and property.

STEAM – Science Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math

  • Scientists typically seek multiple strands of evidence to support or refute claims about the natural world, while engineers use an iterative problem solving process to meet specific, often human-related, needs. –1
  • Scientists study the world as it is; engineers create the world that has never been. — Theodore von Kármán
  • overlap between the sciences and engineering practice; in engineering, one applies science. Both areas of endeavor rely on accurate observation of materials and phenomena. Both use mathematics and classification criteria to analyze and communicate observations.

Maximizing the E in STEM: Engineering, Engagement, Enthusiasm, Empowerment, and Empathy in Your Classroom – Engineering Design is the process by which we use science and math to create technologies to solve human problems and to meet our needs. It creates engagement through challenges based on real-world issues, answering the age-old question “When am I going to use this?” It fosters enthusiasm for problem solving and creates empathy for the intended end-user. But, most importantly, Engineering empowers young people to focus on solutions not problems. E is the key to creating a STEM culture in your school and your classrooms! —Ann Kaiser, ProjectEngin

Famous engineers


  • Explore – What’s the problem?
  • Examples – What can it do? * solutions
  • Engineering – How did they do that? How does it work?