Tag Archives: Creativity

2014 FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Kickoff


It was snow and ice on January 4th, 2014 at Hillcrest High School in Utah where I attended my first FIRST kickoff session. It was cold on the outside, but inside the school the bagels were warm and the anticipation … Continue reading

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Weightless – Part 8 (Draft)


(The next day) “I’m nervous, and excited,” Mr. Jackson thought as he made his way to Dr. Best’s office. Dr. Ellen Best, hired very recently, received a doctorate degree in mechanical engineering from a reputable university aerospace program. She was … Continue reading

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Weightless – Part 4


(Continued from Part 3) The next evening, arriving home after scout troop meeting, Gregory heard some noise out in the garage. He entered to find his dad expectedly working on his project. “I thought science projects were for kids,” Gregory … Continue reading

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Impasse on Edge


Engineers often run into challenges that seem like an impasse. Observe Peggy and Alex as they work through a sensitive problem. “No, you can’t lay them flat on top of each other because the coating will get damaged,” Alex insisted. … Continue reading

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Do Engineers Find Ideas Outside of Engineering?


Engineers often find solution to problems by observing other products or systems or nature. You might even find a solution from your favorite musical instrument. Consider this short story. He threw his pencil down on his notebook creating a lead … Continue reading

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Engineering Design – Functional Decomposition


I am working with an engineering team right now to develop a machine. We are at the Functional Decomposition phase where we are systematically examining the needed workstation functionality. I will have to relate the specific experiences some time but … Continue reading

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Free Engineering Stories


Presently, all Engineering Stories written to-date are available for free pdf download at https://stemstories.wordpress.com (Printed and ebook formats are still available) If there is a story you haven’t read yet, then here is your opportunity. Please pass this link to … Continue reading

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