For Parents

Engineering Experiences is a hands-on program built into the I Have a Dream schedule. It supports what middle school Dreamers learn in their science classes. Give your middle schooler a boost onto a career path that can lead to engineering interest and success in high school, in higher education, and into a well-paying career.

“What do you want to do when you grow up?”

Teens often hear this from adults that care deeply about their future. Grandparents, aunts, uncles, and family friends all ask lots of questions about the young person’s next steps, especially as he or she gets closer to graduation.

But, to the teen, these questions can often feel like he or she is getting “the third degree!” For our part, we (the caring adults) are often unsure how to best help our teen proceed along this journey.

So, how can we “prime the pump”—so to speak—and get our young person talking and thinking about the future without feeling like we are interrogating him or her?  That’s the purpose of this Questioning Guide – to help provide us with some positive and proactive ways to get the young people to open up.

Resources for EngEx Parents


Engineering Experiences Timeline for 2017/2018

  • August 14th: Week 1 of student recruitment; Parent meeting
  • August 21st: Week 2 of student recruitment; Demos and promotion
  • September 4th: Engineering Experiences UAV Disasterville session begins
  • October 2nd: Mentor Panel, Career questions and answers
  • October 28th: Mentor Panel, Career questions and answers
  • December 4th: Community engagement show-and-tell
  • December 11th: Engineering Experiences special event