Scouting for Engineers
Allegheny Valley's Cub Scout Pack 445 got hands-on experience learning how to safely use the Internet as part of a new "Scouting for Engineers'' program. The program, sponsored by Carnegie Mellon's Engineering College and the Information Networking Institute (INI), is designed to educate scouts about engineering.
This past summer, the scouts traveled to campus to participate in Carnegie Cadets, the MySecureCyberspace Game, which teaches kids how to spot spam, keep personal information private, identify website traps and deal with cyberbullying.
"Through the game, children and parents can learn the many challenges of information security and help make more American households cyberaware, and in the future, children may develop an interest in cybersecurity as a career path," said Dena Haritos Tsamitis, director of the INI and director of education, training and outreach for Carnegie Mellon CyLab.
The pack also conducted experiments with chemical engineering teaching professor Annette Jacobson to learn about the role of chemistry and chemical engineering in the design and manufacture of consumer goods. "These activities are a great way to introduce young people to engineering and science careers, and they show how math and science classes in school are connected to engineering," said Jacobson.
A projection by the U.S. Department of Labor indicates that of the 20-fastest-growing occupations projected by 2014, 15 require significant math, science and engineering preparation.
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