Google defines engineering as “the branch of science and technology concerned with the design, building, and use of engines, machines, and structures”, but it is really so much more that. Engineering is learning. Engineering is hands on work. Engineering is skill. And most of all, engineering is muscle (not the kind in your body). As a class, we have slowly but surely learned how necessary these four components of engineering are. We are constantly required to use the knowledge of these four things to do all of the projects we do in our MSEL engineering class.
– Engineering is learning. – So, in our engineering class, we learn a lot. Most of our class did not know we how to build or use tools. If it had not been for our amazing engineering teacher, Ms. Oropallo, we never would have . Daily, she teaches us things such as how to use a drill, hand carve a spoon, quickly make a gumball machine, and much more. And “Ms. O”, as we call her, does more than just that. She teaches us how to be active, attentive, and well-behaved students.We, MSEL students, all thank her for that.
– Engineering is hands on work. – Of the many things that we have been taught, perhaps one of the most important, is hands on learning. By doing projects that require physical work and movement, instead of long, pointless tests, we have a more enjoyable time learning. Hand carving spoons and making gumball machines are just a few things we recently began working on. For example, we have started working on the school garden’s fence (the gate specifically) and planter boxes, designing benches that turn into tables, and making a prop well for a student at our school who started her own small acting business. The list goes on and on, people. On and on.
– Engineering is skill. – Another thing that engineering requires is major, major skill. It isn’t possible to just know how to build a bench that transforms into a table, unless of course you are a genius like Stephen Hawking. Instead, you learn how to from teachers like our one and only, Allison Oropallo, and acquire that skill over time and through experience.
– Engineering is muscle. – Like we said earlier, most of all, engineering requires muscle. Not only of the body, but of the mind. When things get difficult, you must have the mental strength to keep going, and never give up. Sure you have to be strong to lift the hefty 4 by 4, but more so, you have to have the mental intelligence and strength to know that you need to lift it with your legs, to avoid hurting your back.
These four things are what truly matter in engineering.
By: Dylan Adler and Alyssa Ceccanti-Harris!