Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Amazing Engineering Facts to Ponder

What is Technological Literacy? *

Browse to http://www.nae.edu/nae/naehome.nsf and you will find some interesting information at this site for National Academy of Engineering (NAE). In particular I was intrigued in reading more information about technology at the "Technically Speaking" link. While I was reading about technological literacy it occurred to me that this would be an excellent resource to share with the Tech I students. For example there is a listing of resource links of some very informative and fascinating web sites which provide a blend of facts about science, engineering and technology. One link in particular was a link to A Sightseers Guide to Engineering - which spotlights how engineers improve our lives. This site is a great collection of engineering related facts and figures as well as links for more information.

For example, did you know that "The largest building by volume in the world is Boeing's 747/767/777 Assembly Plant, and that it covers 98.3 acres"? or that "The first 767 entered service in 1982 and the wide body jetliner contains 3.1 million parts"? or that "The Boeing 777 is the first jetliner to be 100% digitally designed using three-dimensional solids technology"?

My challenge now to the Tech I students is to read and research further in completing the following:

1. Collect an Engineering Fact about Big Brutus and post your findings (in order to avoid a lot of redundant posts on here, make your fact significantly different from any prior posts).

2. Include with your Big Brutus post, further discussion about engineering marvels. Include 6 additional engineering facts (from at least 3 different sources). Again to avoid a lot of duplicate or redundant posts, make sure your facts are significantly different from any other posts on here.

3. Be sure to site your source and provide links as applicable.

*We can refine our technological literacy skills by sharing little insights while learning :)