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 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.
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.
Cybersecurity education is the long-term solution to workforce needs, and exciting things are happening in the field. Find out how gamification, competitions, and integration with other K-12 subjects can open the field up to new populations of students who might not think they belong.
Snoopy and friends made a long-awaited return to their old NASA home this summer, among other interesting developments in STEM education, some retro and others very now, indeed.
This list of engineering books for elementary school kids is sure to divert, entertain, and even – shh – educate. Put a stop to the summer slide and introduce kids to a potentially rewarding course of future study and work at the same time!
Checking in on Twitter with the K-12 engineering crowd is a great way to stay current and connected. Here are some tips on people to follow, tweets to tout, and how to get the most out of 240 characters, however bewildering they get to be.
The rapidly growing cybersecurity workforce is perpetually a work in progress. Changing threats plus still-limited training resources make for a difficult hiring environment. But the bots, malware, phishing scams, and viruses keep coming! Find out how to get students and teachers alike started on understanding cybersecurity education and career pathways.
Are STEM workforce initiatives really the solution to making students career-ready? All the ways to get it wrong should give us pause. Read more to see how to get it right.
Is STEM education an academic endeavor or a workforce development enterprise? Are the two approaches impossibly conflicted? Or is there a middle ground that serves both purposes? Examining through the filter of assessment might help plot the way to an answer.