Category Archives: K-12

Get A Grip – Part 1


A Product Development Adventure “Okay everyone, listen-up.” Brandon leaned forward bringing the Monday morning staff meeting to attention. “The rumors are true.” “Oh no.” Melissa thought, arms crossed, hands gripping her upper arms. “Was everyone against hiring me?” Brandon, middle-aged … Continue reading

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My Journey to Engineering – Part 2 “Drafting to Engineering”


(Continued from Part 1) I was ten and a half years old when Neil Armstrong stepped onto the lunar dust and into the history books. Wow, I thought, looking up that evening at the moon, half illuminated by the setting sun, … Continue reading

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My Journey to Engineering – Part 1 “Toddling and Tinkering”


“We have to watch him constantly… He takes things apart and puts them back together, turns knobs and pushes buttons, and mimics the other kids…” Such was my mothers account of my first years of life experimenting with my new … Continue reading

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It’s time for Feedback


My objective in writing Engineering Stories is to encourage students to consider or continue careers in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM), show what it may be like, dispel a myth or two, and encourage creativity, problem solving, and the … Continue reading

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Solve a Billion Dollar Problem


Engineering Stories are intended to help you learn more about the activities of engineers. After each story, there is a mentoring section where I ask questions and provide insights. I’d like to know how you would solve the problem if … Continue reading

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The Orbital Mechanic – Part 1


Copyright 2012 – Kenneth Richard Hardman A Short Story in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Cover by Lisa Anne Hardman Story “Dad, what a cool office.” Kayla hopped into the high-back chair behind a handsome desk lined with little spacecraft … Continue reading

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