Start Engineering publishes award-winning educational
materials to help today's youth understand and identify pathways
into STEM careers like engineering and cybersecurity.
We also develop informational resources for educators
to guide and encourage their students to find
the STEM pathway that's right for them.
Our books and learning resources aim to teach children of all ages
about the crucial role engineering and cybersecurity play in their lives.
Designed to appeal to kids of all ages, our books are colorful, entertaining and educational.
They are perfect for teachers, after-school programs, STEM fairs and other outreach.
The books can be customized with your ad on the back-cover
as well as a letter from your organization on page 2. Info here and here.
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We look at the "E" in STEM from all angles — teaching & learning, diversity, policy, and much more.
The 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 this summer revived some of the feeling from a time when space travel inspired and excited the country. It also pointed up how much has changed – and not for the better – in ways we imagine and prepare for the future now.
In our recent visit with the STEM Everyday podcast, we talked about cybersecurity education as a STEM field with rich learning and career opportunities for students of all backgrounds and interests.
Educators know that summer is prime time for growing content knowledge and honing teaching techniques. Including video, audio, and plain old text, here’s a collection of great STEM resources to help teachers build their classroom chops for the school year to come.
Elementary teachers are great all-around educators. There just aren’t enough of them prepared to teach STEM fields. Integrating STEM into their training and support plays to their strengths. Here are some successful approaches for doing so, at all stages of their learning and development.
Moving the needle on STEM diversity is hard work. Change has come, but only slowly. Can “culturally relevant education” help speed up the increase in minorities and women finding their way into STEM fields?
The achievement gap between girls and boys widened with the 2018 NAEP Technology and Engineering Literacy test. Girls averaged five points higher than boys on the test this time. The innovative test rewards “soft” skills and content knowledge alike, an example that schools might do well to emulate.
Too few women participating on design teams leads to too many products that work for only half the population. From seat belts to medicine to protective clothing, goods meant for general use have long been designed with just men in mind. Closing the STEM gender gap can help remedy this kind of design failure.
Videos about the engineering design process can make an abstract, seemingly vague topic into something interesting and fun for students to learn about and apply. These 8 videos run the gamut of approach and emphasis, but all deliver a useful, engaging treatment of the issue. There’s something here for all ages, from elementary to high school.
The White House budget request kicked off another appropriations cycle that promises to look like previous ones. That is, a discarded set of funding proposals, Congress moving ahead in fits and starts on its own, a continuing resolution or two, all setting up another shutdown drama in the fall. So, nothing much to see here.
More and more students are crowding into engineering classrooms every year. The new, 3rd edition of our Engineering Career Guide shows why the field is an exciting, accessible career option for students of all kinds. Engineering educators and advocates can use it to show middle and high school students how engineering is a driving force behind green technologies and a bounty of other innovations that make our lives better, safer, and even just more fun.
Engineering design has become a cornerstone of STEM education, but it’s a foreign concept to teachers and students. Seasoning it with lessons already familiar from English class can jump-start learning activities and lead to unpredictable, exciting classroom experiences.
Afterschool clubs feature engineering less often than other STEM fields. Content knowledge, equipment, and learning materials can seem like big obstacles. But a wealth of resources, often free or inexpensive, can help educators get started on the right foot.
Summer camps in cybersecurity have proliferated all across the country in short order. Camps offer varied learning opportunities for students of all kinds, whether going to college or straight into the workforce. And many camps take aim at a startling gender gap in the field, offering girls-only environments for a different kind of learning experience.
Our read on support for STEM education in the 116th Congress is guardedly optimistic. The turnover in control from Republicans to Democrats should have little impact on the generally bipartisan favor the field has enjoyed. What comes out of the White House, on the other hand, can scramble anything. Watch the budget request for clues.
These at-home holiday engineering activities are fun for adults and kids alike. And from Rudolph races to sleighs for Santa to every kind of tabletop tree, they’re easy and quick to do.
A dearth of suitably aligned learning materials makes teaching engineering and science under NGSS a great opportunity to go textbook-free. Here’s why to do it and how to get started.
When can lying, cheating, and bluffing add to holiday cheer? When you give the gift of cybersecurity-related fun and games. Our gift list this year runs from conniving to Kanoodle, with stops in between for anyone with a taste for coding, cats, or cryptography!
Enlarging the future cybersecurity workforce will require new ways of talking about the field to more diverse groups of students. The first step is showing how much more than just technical knowledge gets rewarded in the field.
One of the slenderest reeds in the STEM education field is the capacity of elementary educators to prepare students for STEM success. No fault of theirs, to be sure – elementary educators are always being asked to do more and more. Here are some tips and resources for helping early learners start a rewarding, enriching STEM journey.
The Start Engineering Cybersecurity Student Workbook can open up possibilities and opportunities in the field for students with all kinds of interests and backgrounds. And to meet our cybersecurity needs, we need students from every related field to make their own, unique contributions. For the classroom, afterschool, career night, or at home, this Workbook will point students to the cybersecurity career that’s right for them.