At the 2012 Summer Paralympics, elite athletes with disabilities relied on strength, speed and skill as they went for the gold in 21 different sporting events. Rory Cooper, a biomechanical engineer at the University of Pittsburgh, demonstrates how engineering can help wheelchair athletes maximize their performance in such diverse sports as wheelchair rugby, basketball and racing. "Science of the Summer Olympics: Engineering In Sports" is a 10-part video series produced in partnership with NBC Learn.
Do you like to take the leadership role on a class project? You make sure that everyone has a task and the group stays on schedule. You recognize the strengths of each team member. You love to listen to everyone's ideas during a brainstorming session.
As an engineering leader, you could guide your team on a project that helps the military, airline, or aeronautical industry.
How will you use your knowledge, skills, and talents in STEM to make the world a better place?
Fewer than 3 in 10 graduates in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics are women. And barely 1 in 10 engineers are women.
Two years ago, an engineer named Debbie Sterling launched a Kickstarter campaign to make toys that helped little girls take an interest in STEM fields.
GoldieBlox won a contest where their ad was shown in the Super Bowl to over 100 million people.
Many students have difficulty in applying engineering concepts from a book into the real world. With the help of hands on activities, kids can see how things works and what science principles are at work. They can even test the boundaries of the theories with experiments. Lego robotics are becoming a popular activity in STEM camps.
Here is an inspiring video about introducing girls to engineering. You can be anything you want to be. Just work and study hard. Most of all, have fun along the way.
Engineers have made many contributions to society. They were once told that it wasn't possible to create a solution to a problem. They were told that their invention was a fad that wouldn't last the test of time. However, these inventions have changed the quality of our lives in a significant way. You may be the next engineer who creates the next top invention.
How do roller coasters work? How do engineers make this fun activity a safe experience? Watch this video to learn how you can make a roller coaster.
The tricks you perform while skateboarding can put pressure on your knees and feet. Engineers developed a shoe that can help absorb the impact with each landing. Watch and see how the process works.
Here is a cute animated video about engineering. Enjoy.
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