NEW TryEngineering Live Virtual Series: Hands-on Design Challenge & Engineer Spotlight

This new virtual series from TryEngineering and the TryEngineering Summer Institute will be highlighting lesson plans from during our Hand-on Design Challenge virtual event and our Engineering Spotlight virtual event will give a glimpse into the career and lives of engineers. 

TryEngineering Live: Hands-on Design Challenge Virtual Event

  • Session #3: Electric Lighting—Through the Lens of History. In this on-demand virtual event, we highlight lesson plans from IEEE REACH, a program that provides free online resources that bring to life the relationship between science, technology, and society through the lens of history!  Watch and learn how your students can make an electric light bulb with a cardboard tube and pencil lead!
  • Session #2: Engineering Tomorrow (Partner Spotlight)
    This virtual event highlights lesson plans from Engineering Tomorrow, a nonprofit organization developed by engineers. Presenters walk through a virtual lesson plan focused on catapults and machine learning as well as on the corresponding Instagram challenge. The challenge allows high school students to engage in a competitive intellectual and creative exercise, while also giving them a way to connect with their peers during a time of physical separation.
  • Session #1:Critical Load Lesson
    TryEngineering Live: Design Challenge, highlights low-cost lesson plans for students ages 5 to 18. This first session focuses on the issues civil engineers face with critical load and how to design a structure to hold excess weight. This lesson uses materials you can find at home.


TryEngineering Live Engineering Spotlight Virtual Event

  • Session #4: IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society
    Are you interested in Oceanic Engineering? Hear from Grace Chia and Hari Vishnu from the IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society. Learn what aspects of science, engineering, and technology address research, development, and operations pertaining to all bodies of water. This includes the creation of new capabilities and technologies from concept design through prototypes, testing, and operational systems to sense, explore, understand, develop, use, and responsibly manage natural resources.
  • Session #3: Mariah Manzano & Brianna McGovern
    In this Q&A session, we speak to two senior engineering students at Santa Clara University about their studies, what inspired them to pursue engineering, and their final projects: a tourist resource app for the Galapagos Islands and an offline media streaming app for educational use in rural Uganda.
  • Session #2: Professor William Oakes, P.E.
    Hear from our guest, William Oakes, a professor of engineering education at Purdue University. William was the first engineer to receive the U.S. Campus Compact Thomas Ehrlich Faculty Award for Service-Learning. He was also a co-recipient of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering’s Bernard Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education as well as the recipient of the U.S. National Society of Professional Engineers’ Educational Excellence Award.
  • Session #1: Burt Dicht
    TryEngineering Live: Engineer Spotlight, gives a glimpse into the careers and lives of engineers. Hear from our first guest, Burt Dicht, former Lead Engineer at Northrop Grumman and Rockwell Space Transportation Systems Division and current Director of Student & Academic Education Programs for IEEE Educational Activities.


  • May 21: Engineering Spotlight
  • May 28: Hands-on Design Challenge –
  • June 4: Engineering Spotlight
  • June 11: Hands-on Design Challenge – TryEngineering Together
  • June 18: Engineering Spotlight
  • June 25: Hands-on Design Challenge – TBD