Parents & Educators: Online Workshop

What's Great About Engineering

What's your impression of engineers? Many people have no idea what engineers do, or else they have preconceived notions based on a stereotype. They think an engineer is someone sitting alone at a desk all day solving problems that are, well . . . boring.

But take a look at the profiles below—the stereotypes just don't hold up! Being an engineer is about dreaming up creative, practical solutions and working with teams of smart, inspiring people to invent and design things that matter.

Exploring Possibilities

NASA engineer Phil West is at the forefront of cutting-edge technology, testing space suits and rovers that will make it possible to explore the moon.
Desert Rats Prepare for the Moon (Download Video)

Getting Creative

Packaging engineer Jen Chua designs cool packages and containers for products—not only is her packaging great looking, it's also good for the environment.
Package Design (Video)

Making a Difference

NASA aerospace engineer Evan Thomas designs for both space and Earth, building a toilet for astronauts and developing water purification systems for communities in Africa.
NASA toilet (Video)

Saving Lives

Systems engineer Debbie Theobald and her team developed BEAR, a robot designed to rescue people from dangerous situations.
Rescue Robot (Video)

Get Your Kids Excited About Engineering!

When you work with kids on engineering activities, help them understand what's attractive about engineering—you can even inspire some to become future engineers! Let them know what engineering is all about:

  • Creativity. It's the perfect field for inventive and imaginative people.
  • Working with great people. Engineering takes teamwork, and engineers spend their careers surrounded by fascinating people.
  • Changing the world. Engineers improve people's lives in dramatic ways. Imagine what the world would be like without life-saving medical equipment, pollution controls to protect our planet, or spacecraft to explore the mysteries of the universe. All this takes engineering.
In collaboration with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration