Last post I talked about how engineering is collaborative. This week I take things even further and debunk the myth that: Myth #6: Engineers don’t care about people. If you remember, last time I quoted one of my undergraduate students as saying: “Why do we have to do lab in groups? I don’t like people, […]
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Myth #5: Engineers work alone
This is the most persistent and damaging of all 6 myths. I am not exaggerating. It is 5th because I had to lay groundwork for it to make sense. If you share only one of my 6 myths, PLEASE SHARE THIS ONE. YOU can help us in our mission to educate and inspire. Myth #5: Engineers […]
Myth #4: You need calculus.
Myth #4: You need calculus. I did take a lot of calculus to become a Mechanical Engineer. However there are many different types of engineers. Computer, Bio-medical, Chemical, Industrial, Civil, etc. Check out this link for more. Many of them do not require calculus, or much higher level math. In my job(s) as an engineer […]
Myth #3: Engineering is not creative
Last time I talked about the fact that in real world engineering (unlike school) there can be more than one correct answer. And finding an solution to a problem often requires engineers to make painful compromises and trade-offs. There is such a thing as GOOD ENOUGH. Knowing when to quit. To find good enough solutions, […]
Myth #2: There is only one correct answer.
Last post I talked about how hard work will get a person further innate talent. This week I talk about why being good at school may be a liability in real world engineering. Yes, I really did say that. Myth #2: There is only one correct answer I remember in math class all throughout school […]
Dismantling the #1 myth about being an engineer
It was a bit of a shock to me and some of my peers when we started our first jobs. The real world of engineering was NOT like the stereotype or like school. 21st century engineering requires a wide range of skills and our managers were asking us to do tasks school hadn’t prepared us […]
Can I charge my cell phone with the jewelry?
Another interesting question we get from customers is this: Customer: “Can I charge my cell phone with Lumen Jewelry?” Us: “No” Customer: “What if I leave it on there for a really long time?” Us: “Still no. It doesn’t have enough solar surface area.” The amount of power a solar panel has is directly proportional […]
No batteries yet hours of blinky? What gives?
Our jewelry is solar powered AND will blink for hours after dark. Neato! When we tell customers there are no batteries, this is the response we often get: Customer: “So if there are no batteries, where is the power stored?” Us: “In the capacitors.” Customer: “Oh, so then it does have a battery?” Us: “It […]
Why Attend Yet Another Networking Event?
Why Attend Yet Another Networking Event? 3 Questions I Ask Myself Before I click “Yes”. Origionally posted on Up Global Blog for Startup Weekend Greenbay. As an entrepreneur or aspiring entrepreneur, I get it. Your time is limited and therefore valuable. Like me, you may be bombarded with all kinds of networking events, pitch contests, […]
Girl Scout Stem Night
December 1st we went to Girl Scout Stem night at the Monona Terrace. It was a lot of fun to talk with the kids and parents. And we tried out a non-soldering version of the rocket kit. We soldered sockets into the holes so kids could assemble it. It came with 3 different sizes of […]