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Career Connections

The following careers use skills and concepts that you practiced in this Unit. Choose one of these careers and complete an activity from the Choice Board.

Biomedical Engineer

A biomedical engineer combines technical and problem solving skills with medical knowledge and the desire to help others. They design and develop a wide range of innovative technologies that advance the field of medicine, such as surgical tools and prosthetic limbs. They often design and build things that solve specific medical problems, helping patients to live longer and with a better quality of life. In this unit, when you iterated on your robot’s arm and claw designs, you were engaging in similar work!

A white robotic hand and a black robotic hand are held by the hands of two humans.

Industrial Engineer

An industrial engineer focuses on designing complex systems such as facilities for manufacturing and production, information systems and more. Industrial engineers must have excellent problem solving, analytical and communications skills to be successful at their jobs. During this unit, when you analyzed the data you collected in your engineering notebook and used the results to make collaborative decisions with your group, you were doing some of the work of an industrial engineer.

Five people are gathered around a table looking at blueprints. One man, wearing a yellow vest and holding a hard hat, is standing up, as if he is leading the discussion.

Can you find another career that uses skills and big ideas from this Unit?

Talk to your teacher to see if you can complete a Choice Board activity for your chosen career.

Choose an Activity

After you have chosen the career that most interests you, choose one of the activities from the choice board below to deepen your understanding!

My Specialty

Both of the careers in this unit involve many specializations. For example, a biomedical engineer might specialize in orthopedic implants for patients who need repair to bones or cartilage. Choose a career and make a list of five specializations within the career. Choose the one that interests you most, and write a paragraph explaining why.

Salary Scale

Find out what the current average salary is for someone starting out in your chosen career. Imagine they receive a 2% raise each year. Create a table showing how much they make now, and in 5 other points in the future, such as 2 years, 5 years, 8 years, etc.

 

Engineering Museum 1

Do some research on your chosen career and create a list of eight items that would be important to someone in that field. Make a list of those items and explain why they should be included in a museum display designed to educate students about that career. 

Communication Coach

Both of the careers in this unit require good communication skills. Imagine a scenario in which a group of workers in your chosen career must make a decision together, but have very different ideas about how to do so. Write out the vignette as a skit or as a comic, depicting the problem and how they solve it collaboratively.

Career Crossword

Create a crossword puzzle using your chosen career as a theme. Write at least 15 clues about your career and create the puzzle and an answer key. Share it with a friend!

Engineering Museum 2

Do some research on your chosen career and create a list of eight items that would be important to someone in that field. Imagine you are creating a museum display designed to educate students about that career, and draw a detailed, labeled sketch of the display including those items. Be ready to explain what each is and why it should be included.

Once you have completed your choice board activity, check in with your teacher.


Select Next > to prepare for a debrief on this Unit.