Opportunities to explore and discover
Students (ages 13 to 14) build awareness about what engineers do through a variety of short, exploratory sessions led by GE engineers. Volunteers deliver creative, hands-on activities in the classroom or community to inspire young people and expand their understanding of what engineering is all about.
Through Engineering Discovery, GE volunteers and Next Engineers community partners bring engineering demonstrations and hands-on activities into the classroom and community for educational sessions running between 30 minutes and 2 hours. Students may learn about a scientific concept, such as buoyancy or atmospheric pressure, and learn how engineers apply these concepts to design new inventions. GE volunteers also share their stories and answer questions about their jobs and experiences as engineers.
Engineering Discovery aims to reach +500 students in each Next Engineers location every year. We partner with local schools to visit classrooms. Occasionally, Engineering Discovery also hosts public events, such as Engineer Days or Parent Nights. Visit your Location page to find out when and where Discovery events may happen near you.
Engineering Discovery events are free. However, since the majority of events take place in schools, students do not register for events. Visit your Location page to learn more about what is available in your area.
Looking for more? Whether you live outside of our program locations or just can't get enough, Next Engineers: Challenge Yourself offers resources for at-home and in-class engineering exploration.
During Next Engineers Year 1, Engineering Discovery reached 3,961 students. GE volunteers invested an estimated 700 hours working with students, resulting in 90% of participants reporting increased awareness of engineering, and 78% reporting increased interest in engineering.
GE volunteer Marvin Francis facilitates an Engineering Discovery activity in Cincinnati, OH.
Students work together on an Engineering Discovery activity in Greenville, SC.
Students in Staffordshire, U.K., work together to move a bucket of popcorn kernels using only string.