What do you do in Mechanical Engineering?

Hi!
I'm an 11 year old girl and I'm interested in Engineering. I like the idea of Mechanical Engineering. Could you give me some more detail about your job?
Thanks,
Lauren
posted by Lauren, Organization/City on May 26, 2013

Answer by Debbie Sterling

Dear Lauren,

I am so happy to hear you are interested in mechanical engineering! My job is a lot of fun. I invent construction toys with a focus on appealing to girls ages 4-9. I spend hours playing with kids to understand their needs, likes and play patterns. I prototype toy ideas using simple materials like clay, foam core, wood, ribbon and anything I can find around the house. I test my prototypes on kids to see how they respond and how they can be improved. Then, I take my designs and put them into computer-aided-drawings, getting the form and dimensions perfect so that they function well. Then, I work with manufacturing experts to produce the toys at a large scale so that thousands of girls around the world can enjoy them.