What is Engineering Education? A Foundation

What is Engineering Education? Engineering Education as a FoundationAuthor Meagan Ross, in a poignant metaphor, describes an education in engineering as the ultimate foundation. Through personal reflection  of her own experiences in engineering education, she inserts the work of Louis Buccarelli, the National Academy of Engineering Reports related to Engineering Education, and the Svinicki & Dixon modified Kolb model to craft a beautiful image of education.

In four key points, Meagan Ross, maps out how to first plot a foundation in with engineering education, then find the bricks you you need to build the foundation, apply mortar to bind your foundation made of Sand (Experience), Cement (Critical Thinking, Cognitive Growth), Water (Soft Skills), and finally, the author proposes that you can transform your foundation in engineering education to a launching pad for future success.

For inspiration as your student chooses a education path, encouragement along your journey in an engineering education, or reflection on your life’s experiences, this brief article can inspire and motivate.

  1. I need something to stand on. PLOTTING A FOUNDATION
  2. What do I build the foundation with? FINDING THE BRICKS YOU NEED
  3. How do I securely arrange the bricks? APPLYING MORTAR THAT BINDS
    Sand (Experience), Cement (Critical Thinking, Cognitive Growth), Water (Soft Skills)
  4. Isn’t this more than just a foundation? TRANSFORMATION TO A LAUNCHING PAD

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  • Meagan Ross » STEM, STEAM, STREAM…. SCREAM?! :

    [...] I think the push for STEM is to help students understand the value and opportunity a strong foundation and education in science, technology, engineering, and math will provide for their future. Our future as a country and as a global society depends on these fields for advancement! According to the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics, 7 out of 10 of the fastest growing occupations requiring at least a bachelors degree are in STEM! A degree in literature, English, or history is not the most marketable degree now or looking forward. The push for STEM, to me, is to help students identify and connect with a bright future full of opportunity. Read why I think an education in engineering is the ultimate launching pad to an exciting future. [...]

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