The inaugural issue of TryEngineering Tuesday (Issue 1: September 2020) is all about Ocean Engineering. Hear Brandy Armstrong and Hari Vishnu from IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society talk about TryEngineering Tuesday on TryEngineering Live.

Join us, each month, to learn about different engineering and technology disciplines with these 4 easy steps: (1) Explore, (2) Discover, (3) Inspire and (4) Share. Make sure to share what you learned and how you’ll make a difference using #tryengineeringtuesday. We want to hear from you!

Ocean Engineering has as many areas and fields to explore as the vast ocean itself. Some Ocean Engineers have a background in Electrical Engineering, others in Mechanical, and others in Oceanography. Just as the ocean connects all of the earth, Ocean Engineers bring a variety of backgrounds together and connect them all to the ocean. Ocean Engineers could work on anything from creating autonomous underwater vehicles to studying underwater sound signals, or inventing devices that track and protect endangered fish. And that’s just a few! 

  • Try this experiment from the New England Aquarium and learn why ponds freeze in the winter, but oceans do not.
  • Listen to NOAA Sounds in The Ocean to hear the sounds sea animals make and write down the differences you hear! (Can you tell the difference between a dolphin and a whale?).  Under Water Robot
  • Make a robot dance with the NOAA Dancing Robot activity and learn how underwater robots can move in precise directions.   
  • Check out these underwater robots  from  (Which one is your favorite?)
  • Read the article, “Which Underwater Robotics Competition is Right for You?” (Which one do you like best?) Consider participating so you can discover if Ocean Engineering is right for you.

Be Inspired by hearing how your peers are making a difference in their communities and then try it yourself! 

  • Watch this clip from the movie Dream Big: Engineering Our World, Phoenix Robotics Competition Behind the Scenes, about a team of high school students and their underwater robotics competition journey.
  • Watch the video from NOAA on how to be a Citizen Scientist. Then, pick one (or more) ways to volunteer and help Engineers and Scientists in their research in solving ocean-related problems
  • Have a different idea on how to make a positive difference in your community? Be creative! Then share with the TryEngineering family to inspire others to do the same.


  • Write down at least one thing you learned about Ocean Engineering today.
  • Think about how to inspire others and make a difference for the oceans wherever you are.
  • Have you, a family member, or teacher share your work on Facebook or Twitter using #tryengineeringtuesday. We want to hear from you!  
  • If you tried any of the activities, make sure you download your IEEE Ocean Engineering Society Badge. Collect them all and store them using this badge collection tool.


Thank you to the IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society for making this TryEngineering Tuesday possible!