Engineering is using science to solve a problem. A career as an engineer requires complex critical thinking and problem-solving skills to conceive, design, and develop effective products and systems. Through this investigative exploration of engineering, students will learn the fundamentals of the career involving design and product creation through stimulating action-based, collaborative challenges to support deep learning and skills development. Utilizing the city as the classroom, this program will feature off-site field visits to engineering landmarks and guest lectures from leading industry professionals. Through the capstone project, students will not only learn, but put into practice key 21st century skills to be successful in their future careers as engineers.
Who should take this course?
This course is suitable for scientifically-oriented students who want to understand the mechanics behind how things work. Students curious about a career in engineering will practice the craft of an engineer and leave the course knowing if this path is right for them.
Students will learn about the different sub-disciplines of engineering through hands-on design challenges. They will complete a capstone project requiring them to work through the research process and put the scientific tools they learn into practice. Simulation activities will include conceiving of, designing, testing, and constructing an engineering model from start to finish.
Experienced guest speakers and career exploration workshops will provide students with insights into multiple paths to reach a career in engineering and hone the flexibility and determination required to succeed in this profession.
There will be three Road to College and Career Panels with the following themes:
These panels are designed to give students exposure to each level on the path to a career in engineering from industry experts. They will learn from undergraduate students about the academic experience in college, hear from early-level career professionals working in distinct aspects of the industry, and engage with successful innovation leaders.
New solutions to complex problems come from innovative leaders who are not afraid to put the scientific process into practice.
The greatest historical engineering features came from innovative leaders who were not afraid to put the scientific process into practice to explore new solutions to complex problems. As students set off into a 21st century world that will present never seen before challenges involving climate change and rapid technological innovation, they will be called upon to harness their leadership potential like never before.
Leadership training includes the following themes:
Philadelphia City Hall – National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark
The Franklin Institute
Cable Car Museum
Bay Model Visitor Center