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What is Engineering?

Are you looking for an engineering design tutor or tutoring for your middle or high school student? Does your tween or teen want to explore engineering and/or STEM careers? Themba Tutors can help.  

 

Themba Tutоrѕ offers in-home and online engineering design tutoring for 6th through 12th-grade students. Themba Tutors can support your child in their science/engineering academics or supplement the engineering design studies at your child’s school.

 

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en·​gi·​neer·​ing | \ ˌen-jə-ˈnir-iŋ  \

Definition of engineering from Webster’s dictionary: 

  • the activities or function of an engineer; and
  • a) the application of science and mathematics by which the properties of matter and the sources of energy in nature are made useful to people, or
  1. b) the design and manufacture of complex products (ie, such as software engineering).

 

Engineering is a broad term that covers a wide range of industries. It combines mathematics, science, and technology. Engineers create solutions to our world’s problems.  There are six major branches of engineering including Mechanical, Chemical, Civil, Electrical, Management, and Geotechnical. But there are literally hundreds of different subcategories of engineering under each of them.

 

  • Acoustic Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Agricultural Engineering
  • Applied Engineering
  • Architectural Engineering
  • Audio Engineering
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Marine Engineering
  • Materials Science Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechatronic Engineering
  • Mining and Geological Engineering
  • Molecular Engineering
  • Nanoengineering
  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Petroleum Engineering
  • Software Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
  • Telecommunications Engineering
  • Thermal Engineering
  • Transport Engineering
  • Vehicle Engineering

Why is Engineering in Science Education?

In 2013, The Next Generation Science Standards k-12 (NGSS) raised engineering design to the same level as scientific inquiry across all levels, from kindergarten to grade 12.  Engineering is now integrated into the science curriculum in public schools across the country and in many private schools. It is a core subject along with Physical Science, Life Science, and Earth/Space Science.

 

 

There are many reasons for including engineering design in science education. 

  • It helps define “engineering” more broadly. It used to be referred to as “applied science” which is a misconception.
  • Engineering is a field that is critical to tackling the world’s challenges in energy, diseases, clean water, food supply, and climate change.
  • Students can also explore possible careers in engineering and STEM. 

 

 

In education, there’s another reason for including engineering design in the science curriculum.

In some ways, children are natural engineers. They spontaneously build sandcastles, dollhouses, and hamster enclosures, and they use a variety of tools and materials for their own playful purposes. …Children’s capabilities to design structures can then be enhanced by having them pay attention to points of failure and asking them to create and test redesigns of the bridge so that it is stronger. (NRC, 2012, p. 70).

 

From K to 12, students learn the valuable practice of engineering design. By the time, high school students graduate, and enter college, they can be part of designing solutions for local to global problems either as citizens or engineers in the field.

 

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What is Engineering Design? 

 

Engineering design is the process that engineers use to identify and solve problems. It is a method of problem-solving and works in many situations. 

 

The core idea of engineering design includes three component ideas:

 

  • Defining problems clearly with the criteria for success, and constraints or limits.
  • Designing solutions by generating many solutions, then evaluating and testing them based on the criteria and constraints.
  • Optimizing solutions that involve systematically testing, and refining. The final design solution is improved by trading off less important features for those that are more important.
  • Note that there is no order. At any point, the engineer can redefine the problem or generate new solutions to replace an idea if the solution doesn’t work out.

Engineering Design for Middle School Students

 

In middle school, students experience and experiment with the process of engineering design and solving problems. They compare different solutions to see which best meet criteria and constraints. Then students test and revise solutions a number of times in order to arrive at an optimal design.

 

 

Engineering Design for High School Students

 

At the high school level, students are working with complex social and global issues and problems. They are also expected to use quantitative methods to compare the potential of different solutions. Emphasis is on identifying the best solution to a problem and researching how others have solved similar problems. Students use mathematics and/or computer simulations to test solutions under different conditions, prioritize criteria, consider trade-offs, and assess social and environmental impacts.

 

 

Why Choose Themba Tutors for Engineering Tutoring? 

 

Our engineering design tutors are highly experienced and positive role models. Our tutors use a flexible approach to learning and customize plans for individual students. At Themba Tutors, we help students feel comfortable with new engineering skills and concepts at their own pace. Your child’s confidence will grow when each new skill is mastered. Our staff is dedicated to helping your child achieve academic success in engineering design. 

 

If your son or daughter is struggling in engineering design or is interested in enrichment, contact us and we will provide you with the service that will best fit your family’s needs.

REFERENCES

NGSS Lead States. 2013. Next Generation Science Standards: For States, By States. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. Retrieved from http://www.csteachers.org/standards

National Research Council (NRC) 2012. A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas. Committee on a Conceptual Framework for New K-12 Science Education Standards. Board on Science Education, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Why is engineering design important?

The fundamental elements of the design process include the establishment of objectives and criteria, synthesis, analysis, construction, testing, and evaluation. Thus, the prime purpose of engineering design is to apply scientific knowledge to the solution of technical problems.

What are the 7 steps of engineering design?

Engineering Design Loop: The steps of the design process include: identify the need, research the problem, develop possible solutions, select the most promising solution, construct a prototype, test and evaluate the prototype, communicate the design, and redesign. See the Engineering Design Loop Visual Aid.

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At Themba Tutors, we will let you know what kind of help you need once we set up a free intake. Knowing the student’s strengths and weaknesses is vital for helping the student with the challenges they’re facing. We offer services that include academic coaching and tutoring based on the student’s needs. We also offer a hybrid model for those students who need help with content and improving their underlying study skills. 

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