Engineering is a Frame-of-Mind
Turning plans, ideas, and inspiration into concrete results requires problem-solving skils, collaboration, and determination. Show students how important their intentions are in realizing a better future with this essential teaching aid.
Students can be as methodical and organized in their approach to learning as engineers are in solving problems! These Habits of Mind are designed to equip students with a functional framework for navigating new ideas and expanding their knowledge into new territories.
Engineering solutions must be considered within the context of people and the environment to help avoid unintended consequences and potential inequities.
A healthy appetite for asking questions and exploring the unknown is the basis of all knowledge-building.
New discoveries require thinking that is flexible and adaptable to the shifting challenges of the moment.
Great ideas don’t always come immediately, but patience and persistence always pay off in the problem-solving process.
Learners must actively engage in developing new ideas and have an awareness of any and all opportunities available to them.
Engineering is a team sport which depends on the unique skills of every team member to achieve a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts.
Analyzing what has already taken place is sometimes the most fruitful way of predicting or deciding what’s coming next.
Systems give students a “bigger picture” understanding of the technological world and its complex interconnections, which can sometimes result in unpredictable effects.
Engineering is in a constant state of evolution to help tackle new problems and utilize new technology, which is why flexible thinking is an essential skill.
Problem-solving is driven by the curiosity to identify what is wrong in the world and the passion to want help fix it.
Engineers translate ideas from their minds to the real world by combining the scientific process with creative thinking.
Humans are visual thinkers, and the mind’s eye is the primary workshop of the Engineer.
Technology is based on the concept of building a brighter future, and every engineering challenge represents a world of possibilities and opportunities to grow
Engineering is anchored in tangible solutions to real-world problems.