A Super Soaker water gun, a snowboard, a Slip ’N Slide and roller coasters were all designed by engineers, Georgia Tech College of Engineering Dean Gary May told students at Richmond County Technical Career Magnet School on Tuesday.
“Every day, anything you do all day is going to involve engineering,” May said. “To getting in your car, to using your phone, to watching television, to using the computer, to (the) heat that’s keeping the walls warm – all that involves engineering.”
May spoke to 45 ninth-and 10th-grade students about engineering career paths and the work that engineers from Georgia Tech and around the world contribute to in helping make lives more functional and safer. He urged the high school students to take every math and science course possible, to stay organized and to engage in extracurricular activities such as building robots.
“You don’t want to be an engineer because you are good at math and science. You don’t want to be an engineer because you will make a lot of money,” May said. “You want to be an engineer because you will change the world. You want to make people’s lives easier.”
Four Georgia Tech undergraduate and graduate students also visited the school to explain their areas of research and exchange ideas for projects by the high school students.
Now in their second school year, students at Richmond County Technical Career Magnet School choose a career path from audio-video technology, computer networking, culinary arts, electronics, energy and power, financial management, firefighting and transportation support.
May said the nation needs well-resourced schools that emphasize science, technology, engineering and math education.
“Engineering contributes to the economy and economic development,” he said. “It’s a vehicle for creating jobs.”