Turning Abstract Lessons Into Practical Aerospace Engineering

It’s one thing to say that kids in the U.S. need to learn more about science, technology, and math to fill tomorrow’s engineering jobs, and another thing to give them practical instruction, supplies and support that actually lets them build engineering experience.

More schools and organizations are aiming to do the latter with engineering programs that let students put engineering skills in action. 

Aerospace engineering is the focus of one DuVal High School program that’s been developed and aided through a partnership with NASA and the College Park Aviation Museum of Maryland.

“Rather than just explain to them why they need algebra skills in the ninth grade, this shows them. They have the experience to delve into a career and get some hands-on work.”

As programs like this are becoming more widespread in schools throughout the Untied States, will we start seeing greater enrollment numbers in college engineering programs and trade schools over the next decade?

Do you think education efforts like this will have a big impact on the future of America’s engineering and manufacturing base?

Share your thoughts in the comments. 

2 thoughts on “Turning Abstract Lessons Into Practical Aerospace Engineering

  1. Aeronautical engineering — also known as aerospace engineering — involves the design and development of aircraft, artificial satellites, spacecraft and high-speed ground transportation systems. For those interested in pursing a career in aeronautical engineering, it’s essential to get off on the right foot as early as high school. Though college requirements may vary, I am glad to hear that there are classes at the high school level that younger students would be well-served to focus on.

  2. This seems like a wonderful program, one that can captivate the imagination of young students and inspire them to dream big. Mentorship is important and goes a long way toward inspiring a younger person to embark on a path toward something like engineering or science. Mentoring is an effective method of helping inexperienced individuals develop and progress in their profession. The keys to establishing a successful mentoring relationship include creating a relationship of trust, clearly defining roles and responsibilities, establishing short- and long-term goals, using open and supportive communication, and collaboratively solving problems.

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