Tomorrow's Engineers Take Center Stage18 Apr, 2006 By: Sara Ferris
Student competitions put the fun back in science and math, taking steps that help ensure the future of the engineering profession
We hear quite a bit these days about cultivating the next generation of engineers. The concern is that fewer students are opting to pursue studies in math and science, which may lead to a shortage of engineers as the current crop retires.
I recently had the opportunity to witness two such endeavors -- a FIRST Robotics Competition and the Dimension Extreme Redesign Challenge -- and came away heartened that the next generation of engineers will be just fine. Such events aim to attract students by making technology fun -- and there's an abundance of scholarships available to participants.
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