Leading Kids Through a Successful Engineering Experience

This step-by-step guide is full of helpful tips like “Don’t hand out the materials until you want the kids to start touching them” to important messages to share with students about engineering. Whether you are a new volunteer or a seasoned veteran, a review of this workshop will help to increase your effectiveness. 

Because YOU can make a difference! Each year, tens of thousands of volunteers help kids discover engineering by participating in DiscoverE outreach initiatives. We need your help to improve student interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and to show how these subjects are used in the real world.

A visit can be as simple as one-hour session or a more in-depth series of weekly visits. A session starts with a brief introduction by the teacher or after-school leader and then the volunteer:

  • gives a brief overview of his/her job
  • leads kids in a hands-on engineering activity
  • takes time to reflect on the activity and answer questions
  • leaves mementos for the students (Search our Store)

View our DiscoverE SlideShare Training on how to lead kids through a successful engineering outreach experience. You will learn how to prepare a hands-on activity, best practices for working with kids and how you can inspire kids with positive engineering messages.

Start with the “Setting Up a Visit” handout to get tips on how to approach local schools and after-school programs about volunteering your time.

Check out these video trainings produced by ASCE and the WGBH Education Foundation. They show how two engineers prepare for a classroom visit, lead a hands-on activity with kids, and inspire kids with positive engineering messages.  



Setting up a Visit: