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Who Are Engineers and What Do They Do?

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In this lesson, students learn about various types of engineering and the investments in human capital necessary to become engineers. First, they speculate about the types of engineers involved in building the International Space Station. Next, they work in pairs, select a field of engineering, and conduct research to determine (i) the type of work engineers in this field do and (ii) the types of investment in human capital required to have a career in this field. Finally, they learn about the 14 Grand Challenges for Engineering in the 21st Century identified by the National Academy of Engineering. They work with a partner and conduct research to learn about one of the challenges and share what they learned with the class.

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Audience:   High School, College
Language:   English
Subjects:   Personal Finance, Economics, STEM
Resource Types:   Lessons
Concepts:   Human Capital