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PAPER TOWER
ENGINEERING

A
HANDS
-
ON INTRODUCTION TO THE GRAND
CHALLENGES OF ENGINEERING IN THE 21ST CENTURY

Tricia Berry

UT Austin Women in Engineering Program

Texas Girls Collaborative Project

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Overview

Introduction

Paper Tower Activity

Grand Challenges of
Engineering in the 21
st

Century

Changing the
Conversation

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Paper Tower Activity

Build the tallest freestanding tower
possible with the materials provided

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Eiffel Tower

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La Torre di Pisa

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Engineering Design Process


Define the problem


Gather

pertinent
information


Generate multiple
solutions


Analyze

and select
a solution


Test and
implement

the solution



Ask


Imagine


Plan


Create


Improve


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UT Tower

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Engineering Grand Challenges

for the 21
st

Century

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Engineering Grand Challenges

for the 21
st

Century

Make solar energy economical

Manage the nitrogen cycle

Advance health informatics

Prevent nuclear terror

Advance personalized learning

Provide energy from fusion

Provide access to clean water

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Engineering Grand Challenges

for the 21
st

Century

Engineer better medicines

Secure cyberspace

Engineer the tools of scientific discovery

Develop carbon sequestration methods

Restore and improve urban
infrastructure

Reverse
-
engineer the brain

Enhance virtual reality

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Engineering
Grand
Challenges

for the 21
st

Century

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CHANGING THE CONVERSATION:


MESSAGES FOR IMPROVING PUBLIC
UNDERSTANDING OF ENGINEERING

National Academy Of Engineering (NAE) Report

http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=12187

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Youth today...

Teens have limited understanding of
engineering or engineers
(or STEM)

Want well
-
paying jobs that make a
difference

See engineers
(or STEM workers)

as
helping people, but not directly

See engineers
(or STEM workers)

as desk
jockeys, disconnected from people

Few teens (<15%) describe
engineering as nerdy or boring

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Boys vs. Girls

Both believe engineering is a very good career choice

African American boys (more than girls) think salary
extremely important to job choices

African American girls want a job that makes a
difference

Hispanic girls (more than boys) think engineers are
nerdy and boring

Hispanic boys are more likely to believe engineering has
a positive effect on people’s everyday lives

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Engineering Messages Recommendations

Stop reinforcing the images of
‘nerdy and boring’

Stop focusing on math and
science as the needed inputs
and instead focus on:

Outputs

Career opportunities

Making a difference in the world

Use the word
create
, not build



(or STEM)

^

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Engineering Messages Recommendations

Use
images of people
, not things: especially
avoid using gears and mechanical looking things

Use the following five words in describing
engineering:
discovery, design, imagination,
innovation, contribution

Describe engineer as
creative problem solvers
,
essential to health, happiness and safety

Emphasize that engineers
shape the future

(or STEM)

^

(and scientists)

^



 

The TxGCP connects organizations and
individuals across Texas committed to
informing and motivating girls to pursue
careers in science, technology, engineering
and mathematics (STEM).

  

Sign up to receive the TxGCP eNewsletter

Learn about STEM activities, webinars, events across the state & beyond

Learn about research and resources about STEM outreach & education

Sign up on the NGCP Program Directory

Share resources and gain access to collaborative partners

Become eligible for mini
-
grants

Join a Regional K
-
12 STEM Outreach Group

Connect in your region with K12 STEM activities, volunteers, resources:
Central Texas, DFW,
East Texas, El
Paso, Houston, San Antonio, West Texas

http://www.txgcp.org


STEM@txgcp.org



 

The TxGCP connects organizations and
individuals across Texas committed to
informing and motivating girls to pursue
careers in science, technology, engineering
and mathematics (STEM).

  

Participate in Water Works Underwater Robotics Program

Have access to LEGO robotics curriculum, software and materials

Be a part of a national NSF
-
funded project and be a leader in Texas

Participate in
TechBridge

Role Model Training

Have access to online and in
-
person role model resources, curriculum

Be a part of a national NSF
-
funded project and be a leader in
Texas

Participate in
SciGirls

Curriculum Training

Have access to online and in
-
person
hands
-
on activities,
resources, curriculum

Participate
in K
-
12 STEM Outreach Forums

Explore regional connections and resources in informal networking events

Use TxGCP as a STEM Resource and Connector


http://www.txgcp.org


STEM@txgcp.org

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Thank You!

Tricia Berry,
tsberry@mail.utexas.edu

Katie Kizziar,
ktk@mail.utexas.edu

Kristian Trampus,
kristian.trampus@gmail.com