Having fun learning about the environment

by Aaron

If kids are going to be interested in engineering concepts for energy and the environment, then we need to make it fun.

My senior project in college was to build a fun website for kids, ages 10-14, that teaches them engineering concepts about energy and the environment. The reason behind this project, called TEAK Education, is that student interest in engineering has declined around the U.S. How can we reverse that trend?

I think making it fun either through games or “Bill Nye“-type experiments is definitely a step towards addressing the issue. Too often, engineering is seen as boring and complex. We need to show kids how it can be used to figure out real-world problems.

Note: This has been a response to blog action day.

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2 Responses to “Having fun learning about the environment”

  1. Laura on November 18th, 2007 11:24 pm

    Bill Nye for president.

  2. Aaron on November 19th, 2007 11:34 pm

    Hmmm maybe! However, I will definitely admit that Bill Nye is awesome. If you don’t get excited about science from Bill Nye the Science Guy, then I’m not sure anything will get you excited about science.