In a high school classroom, we battle constantly against a storm of changing technologies, competing educational needs, time and materials. As technology advances and industries change, educators do their best to keep students competitive and prepared for these changes. It becomes increasingly difficult, though, to develop meaningful challenges for students because of the cost of materials and other resources.
At the same time, it is challenging to justify the time and importance of your content against other subjects in the school, such as math or science. With the power of ANSYS AIM and ANSYS SpaceClaim, the technology education classroom has been given an important tool to fight back against the storm. Continue reading
I am feeling excited and a bit worried today. Recently, I had the pleasure of hosting a young lady, I’ll just call her Miss E, as part of a job shadow program we do with local 8th grade students interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Miss E had an enthusiasm for engineering and learning about engineering, mechanical engineering and robotics in particular, that was contagious.
She easily grasped engineering concepts, asked excellent questions, and amazed me with her computer skills. She had the ability to extend what I taught her about engineering simulation at the start of our time together and her own life experience to the fluid dynamics and structural mechanics tutorials she did during our meeting. Miss E has had several other excellent opportunities to be exposed to engineering and each one seems to add to her excitement and commitment to an engineering education after high school. Continue reading