Let's start with the figures: $120,000, $105,000, $98,000.
If the appeal of improving lives, being creative, making a difference, and changing the world is lost on your kids, why not get them thinking about careers in engineering by talking cold hard cash.
Here are the top top ten college majors with the highest median earnings per year:
Petroleum engineering: $120,000
Pharmacy sciences and administration: $105,000
Mathematics and computer science: $98,000
Aerospace engineering: $87,000
Chemical engineering: $86,000
Electrical engineering: $85,000
Naval architecture and marine engineering: $82,000
Mechanical engineering: $80,000
Metallurgical engineering: $80,000
Mining and mineral engineering: $80,000
Would ya look at at that?
For more, check out the source of this list at Change the Equation. And woo your kids with videos of engineers doing cool things here (click on the Resource Topics, then look for the Video Profiles tab.)
Not many kids get to see their ideas for new inventions become reality, but Lilly, MaryAnn, and Daniel are exceptions. As winners of our 2010 Trash to Treasure competition, they worked with professional engineers at Continuum, a global innovation and design consultancy, to turn their ideas into real working products. And oh, what cool ideas they are.
After seeing a dunking booth at a fair, Lilly thought of making one for
her own backyard parties, and came up with the idea of the Sibling
Soaker: a device that breaks a water balloon over someone's head
(preferably a sibling, it seems). "Throw, hit target, break water
balloon, douse annoying sisters!!"
Daniel designed the MiBike: an all-weather bicycle. His inspiration? Too many walks to school in the rain. "You ride it like a bike, but you have side mirrors, a roof (to block the rain/snow) and a storage compartment for all your books, pencils, backpacks, etc."
Oh, and another bonus for winning? Lilly, Daniel, and MaryAnn starred in the season finaleof Design Squad Nation in the aptly-named episode, Trash to Treasure.
Inspire your kids to be inventors, too. Show them the Trash to Treasure
episode and use it as a jumping off point to challenge them to think about how
they can improve the world.
Check out the Invent It, Build It Guide for six invention-themed hands-on challenges, and encourage your kids to get active in the Projects section of the DSN website where they can make wishes for new inventions, sketch ideas, and post photos of prototypes they build.
Want to give your kids a chance to show their stuff to the world like Lilly, MaryAnn, and Daniel did? Encourage them to participate in this year's DSN contest and BUILD BIG!
And so I ask you, dear readers, to ponder this: What's the greatest invention of all time?