In the United States alone there are more than two million engineers. What do they do? Is it any fun? How hard is engineering school? I found answers to all these questions and more. Follow me, a pocket protector is optional.

Build It & Bust It5 stars

"Welcome! This is a site about engineering. Perhaps we should say this is a site FOR engineering. The point is, you won't be spoon-feed dull information. Here, you will design and test your own structures and share what you learn with others." Double wow! Builder is a Java applet to build structures (such as bridges and towers) using joints and beams. Once your structure is saved, it can be seen from all angles with the Viewer and stress tested with the Tester. Do not attempt any of this, however, without first reading the instructions. This unbelievably terrific site is my pick of the week.

Engineering: Your Future5 stars

Everything here makes an engineering career look fun and exciting. Start with a look at the engineering alphabet from aerospace engineering to transportation engineering, and move on to learn how to choose the right engineering college. Don't miss the list of "many fascinating people" who have been engineers or have a engineering background. Still undecided? Assess yourself with two quizzes designed to determine your success in engineering. "Do you like to work with computers and play video games?" "Do you like mazes and puzzles?" Those who answer "yes" are good candidates for a career in engineering.

Is Engineering For You?3 stars

"Engineers investigate the most basic problems facing humanity: food, clothing, shelter, transportation and communication. Engineers are team members who put abstract scientific discoveries into practical applications. Engineers are innovators who take a fresh look at science and technology in order to apply old knowledge to finding feasible solutions to new human problems." This single page online brochure for high school students presents college entrance requirements and choices in engineering disciplines.

Honorable Mentions

The following links are either new discoveries or sites that didn't make it into my newspaper column because of space constraints. Enjoy!

Celebration of Women in Engineering

Discover Engineering

Optics for Kids

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Feldman, Barbara. "Engineering." Surfnetkids. Feldman Publishing. 17 Feb. 1999. Web. 4 Sep. 2015. < >.

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