Here are some links to useful Web resources.

Exploring Engineering

Engineers Week (EWEEK) is a celebration of engineering that takes place each February. More than 100 organizations all over the country offer competitions, fun activities, demonstrations, and lectures to help the public understand what engineering is all about. The EWEEK Web site provides lots of interesting resources for high school students, including a regular feature called “New Faces in Engineering.” 

eGFI: Engineering, Go For It: The American Society for Engineering Education’s K-12 site is a fun and interactive introduction to engineering. Explore the cards on the homepage, watch entertaining videos, meet young engineers and engineering students, and get advice on careers. To read their engaging magazine online, click here. And to stay up-to-date on the latest engineering news and innovations, check out their blog. There’s even a section for teachers, full of lesson plans, class activities, web resources, K-12 education news and more.

Design Squad is a PBS television show in which eight high school contestants tackle engineering challenges for an actual client—from designing a peanut butter grinder for a women’s collective in Haiti to making a wedding dress that converts into a tent. In the final episode, the top two scorers battle for the Grand Prize—a $10,000 college scholarship. The Design Squad Web site offers plenty of information for high-school age kids about engineering.

The Engineering Education Service Center has listings and links to engineering camps, competitions, scholarships, women in engineering programs, engineering schools, and more.

Science Buddies Want to know more about careers in science, technology, engineering, or math? Browse through detailed information on over 100 careers to discover what scientists really do and what it takes to prepare for these careers. Each career profile provides basic career information such as salary, job outlook, degree requirements, etc. offers information about engineering careers and education, links to interactive games, and an online form through which you can send questions to engineering students and professionals. The Become an Engineer section includes listings of engineering socities and of pre-college projects, contests and summer camps.

The Sloan Career Cornerstone Center explores a variety of career fields in detail, including engineering. There’s also some valuable information specifically for women.

Preparing for College

 National Association for College Admission Counseling includes a Student Resources section with a useful college preparation calendar and collection of online resources. 

 KnowHow2GO, organized by grade levels from middle to high school, offers a year-by-year road map to help you pave your way to college.

 Princeton Review offers comprehensive information about college search and preparation, including searches for schools and internships, information on majors and careers, and guidance on standardized tests and financial aid.

 My College Options connects you to 2,000 colleges and universities nationwide through a unique system of matching students with schools that are right for them.

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