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What is engineering concepts
What is Engineering?CONCEPTS

  • Science is the study of the natural world, while technology is the study of how humans develop new products to meet needs and wants.

  • Teams of people can accomplish more than one individual working alone.

Introduction to engineering
Introduction to Engineering

  • Scientists investigate

  • Engineers create

  • Technologies = products and processes created by an engineer and often used by a scientist

  • Knowledge of science and math is necessary for the creation of new technologies

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What is Engineering?CONCEPTS

  • Technological change is illustrated through inventions, innovations, and the evolution of technological artifacts, processes, and systems.

  • Technology can have both positive and negative consequences – social, cultural, economical, political, and environmental consequences.

What is engineering concepts2
What is Engineering?CONCEPTS

  • Engineers, designers, and engineering technologists are needed in high demand for the development of future technology to meet societal needs and wants.

  • An engineering notebook is used to record original ideas or designs.

  • A portfolio is an organized collection of best works.

What is engineering key terms
What is Engineering?Key Terms

  • Agriculture

    The raising of crops and animals for food, feed, fiber, fuel, or other useful products.

  • Artifact

    A human-made object.

  • Biotechnology

    All technology connected with plant and animal life.

What is engineering key terms1
What is Engineering?Key Terms

  • Communication

    The transmission of information through a common system of symbols, signs, behavior, speech, writing, or signals

  • Construction

    The act or process of building, erecting, or constructing buildings, roads, or other structures

  • Energy

    The ability to do work; one of the basic resources used by a technological system

What is engineering key terms2
What is Engineering?Key Terms

  • Engineering

    Using technological and scientific knowledge to solve practical problems

  • Environment

    The surroundings in which a person, animal, or plant lives

  • Ergonomics

    The study of workplace equipment design or how to arrange and design devices, machines, or workspace so that people and things interact safely and most efficiently

What is engineering key terms3
What is Engineering?Key Terms

  • Industrial

    Of, relating to, or resulting from industry

  • Invention

    A new product, system, or process that has never existed before, created by study and experimentation

  • Innovation

    An improvement of an existing technological product, system, or method of doing something

What is engineering key terms4
What is Engineering?Key Terms

  • Manufacturing

    The process of making a raw material into a finished product; especially in large quantities

  • Math

    The science of patterns and order and the study of measurement, properties, and the relationships of quantities using numbers and symbols

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What is Engineering?Key Terms

  • Nanotechnology

    The science and technology of building devices, such as electronic circuits, from single atoms and molecules

  • Process

    Human activities used to create, invent, design, transform, produce, control, maintain, and use products or systems; a sequence of actions that combines resources to produce an output

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What is Engineering?Key Terms

  • Science

    The study of our natural world through observation, identification, description, experimental investigation, and theoretical explanations

  • System

    A group of interacting, interrelated, or interdependent elements/parts that function together as a whole to accomplish a goal

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What is Engineering?Key Terms

  • Technology

    The way people use resources to meet their wants and needs

  • Transportation

    The process by which passengers or goods are moved or delivered from one place to another

What is engineering essential questions
What is Engineering?Essential Questions

  • What is the purpose of a portfolio for a student? 

  • What is the purpose of a portfolio for an engineer?

  • Why is it important for engineers to document their work in their engineering notebook?

What is engineering essential questions1
What is Engineering?Essential Questions

  • List some ways our lives are affected by engineers?

  • What is the difference between an invention and an innovation?

  • How does the use of technology affect the way that you live?

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Introduction to Engineering:

What Do Engineers Do?

What is s cience what is t echnology what is e ngineering what is m athematics what is stem
What is Science? What is Technology? What is Engineering? What is Mathematics? What is STEM?

What is engineering concepts


Investigate our

natural world


Apply science and

math to designs


Working together

to solve problems

based on societal

needs and wants


Use numbers and symbols

to solve problems


Create our

designed world

Needs and wants

Needs and Wants…

What are our human needs?




  • Water

  • Food

  • Can you think of more?


  • Family

  • Friends

  • Can you think of more?

What is engineering concepts

Needs and Wants…

What are our human wants?


  • Nice house

  • Nice car

  • Nice clothes

  • Can you think of more?


  • Fresh water

  • Fancy food

  • Healthy living

  • Can you think of more?


  • Talk with family

  • See friends

  • Entertainment

  • Can you think of more?


Engineering uses scientific, technological, and mathematical knowledge to solve practical problems.

Engineers do many things
Engineers Do Many Things

  • Invent – Develop a new product, system, or process that has never existed before

  • Innovate – Improve an existing technological product, system, or method










Engineers work to solve many kinds of problems
Engineers Work to Solve Many Kinds of Problems

  • An electrical engineer may design a GPS system for your vehicle.

  • A pharmaceutical/chemical engineer may find a cure for disease.

  • A computer engineer may build a computer the size of your watch.

  • A mechanical engineer may create a robot to discover water on a planet.

  • An agricultural engineer may evaluate the effects of global warming on food production.

Engineers make our lives better

Discussion questions
Discussion Questions

  • What product or system would make your life better?

  • Would this be considered an invention or an innovation?

  • What types of engineers might work on this project?

Image resources
Image Resources

Microsoft, Inc. (2008). Clip Art. Retrieved September 10, 2008, from http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/clipart/default.aspx