Why Be an Engineer?



Introductory presentation to be delivered on first or second day of school. Provides engaging clips of some famous engineering disasters and emphasis on what future engineers should or would do to prevent a similar disaster in the future.

Lesson Time

30 Minutes

Industries / Subjects / Grades

Industries / Pathways
  • Engineering & Architecture Engineering & Architecture

Standards and Objectives


California Academic Content Standards (1)
California's 2008 CTE Standards (3)

Related Instructional Objectives (SWBAT...)

  • Students will obtain a general knowledge of past mistakes made in the profession.
  • Students will understand that engineering is not always an exact science. Mistakes are sometimes not mistakes but simply a lack of understanding at that current time.
  • Students will understand some of the challenges and rewards of choosing engineering as a career.

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