As educators, there are several things that you can do to help your students explore engineering:
- Provide first-hand experiences of engineering.
Engineering projects are a great way to develop math, science, and problem-solving skills. Look in the Resources for Educators list for lesson plans, teacher materials, and more. Make sure you visit the NAE's Link Engineering site for teachers to discover resources about engineering, connect with other educators and schools, and develop lessons and other materials for your students. You may also find that Competitions and Contests are a great way to get your students involved with engineering.
- Challenge stereotypes.
Engineers are a diverse group of professionals working in all areas of society. Present students with diverse engineering role models. The EngineerGirl Directory of Women Engineers profiles several engineers and links to Interviews and other resources that can help challenge conventional ideas about engineering.
- Provide opportunities for collaboration.
Team projects provide students the opportunity to interact and learn from each other in ways similar to real-world engineering teams. Make sure that girls take on meaningful roles in team projects and are not just taking notes.
- Help your school start or sponsor an engineering club or competitive team
You can find links to different kinds of after-school programs in our section of Clubs and Programs.