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June 24, 2014 AT 12:00 pm

“I’m Not An Engineer. How Do I Walk The Walk?” #makereducation

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Lindsay Shepard from Goldieblox posted some helpful tips for parents who aren’t engineers and want to help encourage their children in the STEM fields:

At every event I attend, no matter how big or small, I get asked the same thing. It’s universal, and universally beautiful in its way; parent after parent, teacher after teacher, comes up to me and asks, “I’m not an engineer. How do I walk the walk?”

What they mean is, “How can I help my kid think about these things differently? How do I support them? How can I make a difference?”

Here’s a not-so-secret: I’m not an engineer either. I went to the school of hard knocks and got my degree in Rainmaking, but I could not have told you what an incline plane was a year ago. (It’s a ramp. Seriously). I am here to tell you that walking the walk is not all that difficult. Most of the things we can do to support our kids are hidden in plain sight; they’re the kind of things that, when said out loud, feel so obvious. In life and engineering, simplicity is king…

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