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This page includes links to useful web sites, some educational (and entertaining!) videos, and games and activities. The resources listed are coded according to the engineering area(s) that the resource pertains to, such as the Engineering Process, Machines, Energy, or Computing.

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Ages 9+

Videos and engineering games from Elevators.com This site was suggested by a reader. There are videos about how various elevator types work on page x and a list of engineering games and links.
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Ages 9+

PythonRoom We stumbled on this site at a conference. It is an online tutorial and learning environment to learn the Python programming language. Python is used to create real world programs (like Google Search and special effects for the film The Phantom Menace). It also happens to be a very straightforward language and a good first one to learn. If you have a child who is ready to move beyond graphical coding-themed environments like Scratch and Tynker, Python would be a good choice.
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Ages 13+

Types of Engineering Degrees This web site describes in great detail the many different fields of engineering and majors, as well as engineering schools across the US, searchable by state, field, and degree.
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Ages 9+

SmartGrid.Gov We just found this site by accident the other day, but it is a well-written site about Smart Grids, why we need them, and what they are. Of course, because it is all about smart grids, we include this as Computing, in addition to Energy - because software, smart sensors, and communications are what make a grid smart.
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Ages 10+

US Energy Information Association (eia.gov) This site has a tremendous amount of content about US energy production and consumption. There is a set of content for kids, but not a direct link to it. To get there, go to www.eia.gov, and then look in the bottom right corner of the page, and you will see an energy kids graphic that will take you to the kids site.
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Ages 9+

NASA JPL Rover Ranch site This site is not particularly user-friendly, but it does have some cool content about robotics, including better-than-average descriptions of what a robot is, and robot simulation activities.
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Ages 9+

DiscoverE (formerly Discover Engineering and the National Engineers Week Foundation) This site replaced the old National Engineers Week Foundation site and its Discover Engineering site, and we really like the new content. The site includes 10 Reasons to Love Engineering, Activities, and information about branches of Engineering, an Engineering career outlook, and ways to start a conversation with young people about careers in Engineering.
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Ages 5+

National Academy of Engineering (of the National Academies) The NAE is a private, independent, nonprofit institution that provides engineering leadership, the expertise and insights of eminent engineers, and independent advice to the federal government on matters involving engineering and technology. NAE has developed some key messages to help educate the public on what engineering is. You can click into each message to see examples and more details - they are quite informative. Also look at the NAE's Grand Challenges for Engineering: See How Engineers Can Make a World of Difference. In addition, they have created the Engineer Girl web site, aimed at middle school girls, which includes interviews, information, hot topics, competitions, clubs, etc.
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Ages 5-12

NASA For Kids Intro to Engineering This is a highly entertaining video about what engineering is, and what engineers do, created by NASA. Also see the NASA web site for lots of kids activities and content
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Ages 9-12

PBS Kids Design Squad Web Site The Design Squad site includes activities, games, and videos. And you can also look at the Design Squad Activity Guide: Engineering Challenges for 9-12 Year Olds, which was written to give parents and educators ideas for engineering challenges for kids
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Ages 5-18

eGFI Web Site eGFI stands for “Engineering, Go For It!” This web site is produced by ASEE, the American Society for Engineering in Education. It has information about Engineering careers, activities, scholarships, etc. For example, here's a list of Top Ten Benefits of an Engineering Career
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Ages 5-12

National Academy of Sciences: Engineering Discoveries This site, within the National Science Foundation web site, highlights recent engineering discoveries that have advanced the field of science
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Ages 9+

Make: Magazine Do-it-yourself maker projects and lots of content about the “maker movement”. The Projects section has a set of “Kids and Family” projects.They also hosted a Google+-enabled camp, called Maker Camp: Robots, Junk, and Art
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Ages 8-16

Scratch Programming Scratch is a visual programming environment for kids, created by the MIT Media Lab.
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Ages 13+

TryEngineering.Org This IEEE- and IBM-sponsored site is a portal for students, parents, and teachers to learn about engineering and engineering careers. This site aims to help young people understand better what engineering means, and how an engineering career can be made part of their future. There is also a Games section, for example to virtually design a solar car online
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Ages 13+

Engineering: Stay With It This is a video with a number of CEOs and other personalities talking about what engineering is and why it is important
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Ages 5-12

ASME: Introducing Engineering to K-12 Students Links to videos, web sites, articles, and activities, all centered around introducing kids to Engineering.
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Ages 16+

Georgia Tech: What is Engineering? Also text, but informative. This descriptive information comes from the Georgia Tech School of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Ages 6+

Discovery Channel on Youtube Large collection of videos on topics such as animals, the planet, adventure, etc. Animal Planet also has a Youtube channel
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Ages vary

Girl Scouts STEM partners List of useful resources / partners with Girl Scouts in introducing Girls to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) subjects
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Ages 9+

Energy Quest (California Energy Commission) This is a pretty decent source of information about the nature of energy and energy production. We stumbled on this one - it was not easy to find - but the content is nicely written and quite readable.
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Grade School

Engineering is Elementary (from the Museum of Science, Boston) This is a good source of supplementary material for class curriculum, and is a pretty decent way to look at some engineering examples related to science topics. But, there isn't any content that's free, except for the Engineering Adventures section of the site, which does have some projects for after school programs. For those, you can download the educator guides for free and purchase the materials kits. If you're a parent looking for ways to expose your kids to Engineering, this probably isn't a good resource. If you're an educator looking for ways to supplement your science curriculum with engineering activities, and have a small budget available, this is a much better resource.
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Techbridge Family Science Guide and Hands-on Activities for Families Techbridge started as a program within the Chabot Space and Science Program in Oakland and is now funded by the National Science Foundation. Its aim is to increase the number of women and minorities in science, engineering, and technology. This part of the site has cool projects for kids, such as investigating polymers (using glue, borax, corn starch) to make the bounciest ball, making roller coasters for marbles, straw bridges, a “markerbot”, and more.
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Ages 10+

How Stuff Works There is some good content on this site, such as How Bridges Work, How Roller Coasters Work, How Steam Engines Work, How Electric Motors Work, and How does the Internet Work?. However, this site may be best viewed with your child, as some of the sponsored links take you to places not targeted to children (not “adult” content, just topics more geared to adult audiences).
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Ages 10+

Instructables Instructables is a DIY (do it yourself) site that allows people to share projects that they have created. There is a Technology section with projects for Arduino, Raspberry Pi, 3D Printing, Robots, Remote Control, and more. We haven't tried any of these, but some do look interesting. If you try one, let us know what you think!
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