Engineering Ted Talks

TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, and Design and is a nonprofit organization that specializes in sharing knowledgeable ideas based on research. This organization was founded in New York City 37 years ago on February 23, 1984 by Harry Marks alongside co-founder Richard Saul Wurman.  The organization began covering only technology, entertainment, and design topics, but now it has spread into covering all different types of topics. The organization holds a yearly conference and is available in more than 100 languages. The goal of TED Talks is for speakers to reach their targeted audience globally and educate them about specific topics with their powerful talks.

TED Talks are great ways to stay up to date with the latest highlights of the engineering industry. Many innovators are using the TED Talk platform to educate engineers and others interested in the topic. Here are three educational TED Talks for engineers:

  1. Speaker Joachim Horn is a mechanical engineer and the co-founder of the Imperial College Design Collective. His TED Talk is called “A Solution for Building a Generation of Inventors” and it covers developing news ideas for the future of engineering. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qdLWAHFaPj8
  2. Speaker Doris Kim Sung is a former biology student who turned her interest to architecture. Her TED Talk is called “Metal That Breathes” and it covers the use of certain materials in modern construction. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvIyVZf3qZU
  3. Speaker Francis de los Reyes is a professor of civil, construction, and environmental engineering and Associate Faculty of Microbiology. His TED Talk is called “Sanitation is a Basic Human Right” and it covers important information about public infrastructure globally. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdZJ0SMbh10

To learn more about all the types of engineering TED Talks, subscribe to TED YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAuUUnT6oDeKwE6v1NGQxug


 

National STEM Day

This Monday, November 8, is National STEM Day. The term STEM is a catch-all acronym for the following academic disciplines: science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. This holiday was created by a toy company named MGA Entertainment in 2015 to allow children to engage in these academic disciplines in fun and entertaining ways. This allows children to explore their interest in these academic disciplines and at the same time allows them to find their career passion at an early age.

In celebration of National STEM Day, here are some activities you can do with your children to help them develop and/or advance their STEM skills:

There are hundreds of other activities your children can do to stimulate their STEM skills. Even if they choose a career path outside of STEM, these activities can be useful in their everyday lives. For more information about STEM, go to: https://www.ed.gov/stem


 

Halloween Projects for Little and Big Engineers

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Halloween is defined by Britannica as: “Contraction of All Hallows’ Eve, a holiday observed on October 31, the evening before All Saints’ (or All Hallows’) Day”. Throughout the years, Halloween has become a popular holiday in the United States celebrated by children and adults. Carving pumpkins, trick-or-treating, wearing costumes, eating candies, and so on play a major part of the new Halloween traditions and are how people who celebrate the holiday spend their October 31st.

Engineering skills can be very convenient for holidays like Halloween. Engineers are gifted with the quality and/or skills to design and build. Creating Halloween engineering projects is a great way to keep yourself and kids engaged with fun activities. So, if you are looking for some engineering related fun art activities to do, read on!

Here are five Halloween project ideas that you can create:
1. Pumpkin elevators can be made with pumpkins and a variety of recyclable materials;

2. Germinating pumpkins can be made with pumpkins, seeds, and soil;

3. Floating ghosts can be made out of plastic pipettes;

4. Spider webs can be made from yarn; and

5. Paper bats can be made from paper.

Creating these types of project ideas gives kids the opportunity to bring out their creative sides by allowing them to design, build, and even learn to grow food.