TryEngineering Summer Institute

An exciting two-week, on-campus engineering camp for high school students held at three premier universities across the United States in 2019.


STEM Outreach: TryEngineering Lesson Plan Toolkit

Join us for this complimentary IEEE TryEngineering virtual event entitled, “STEM Outreach: TryEngineering Lesson Plan Toolkit” presented by Lorena Garcia and Lynn Bowlby.

TryEngineering.org makes it easy to teach engineering concepts by providing access to more than 130 complete, low-cost, easy-to-implement lesson plans that give you everything you need to help
pre-university teachers and students apply a variety of engineering principles in the classroom. 

The Lesson Plan Toolkit was developed as a “self-contained, how-to” kit to assist volunteers in conducting STEM outreach for teachers and/or students either in-person or virtually.

This webinar will include:

  • Lesson Plan Toolkit Overview
  • Live Q&A


Lorena Garcia

Lorena Garcia
IEEE EAB Pre University Education Coordinating Committee Chair
Assistant Professor/ Director of Laboratories & Facilities at Universidad Central

Lorena received her Electronic Engineering degree from Universidad del Norte (2006) and the M.Sc. in Electronic and Computer Engineering from Universidad de los Andes (2008). She has more than 10 years of experience in academic administration, teaching and research in important institutions in Colombia. Currently, she is Assistant Professor and Director of Laboratories and Facilities of the Faculty of Engineering and Basic Sciences of Universidad Central. Active IEEE volunteer for more than 17 years, Lorena has been member of the Educational Activities Board for the last 4 years, and she is currently the IEEE EAB Pre University Education Coordinating Committee Chair.

Lynn Bowlby

Lynn Bowlby
Program Specialist Educational Outreach
IEEE Educational Activities

Want to be a Cloud Engineer?

Are you good at analyzing data and solving problems? Do you enjoy working in teams and have good negotiation skills? Then cloud engineering may be the right career for you!

What is Cloud Engineering?

Cloud systems are data storage systems that exist within the internet, rather than traditional physical servers. Today, many organizations are migrating data storage away from physical servers to cloud-based systems, which provide greater security, easier and faster access, and improved flexibility and storage (among other benefits).

What does a cloud engineer do?

Right now, cloud engineers are in popular demand, and organizations are having a hard time finding them. A cloud engineer is an IT professional whose job is to analyze an organization’s infrastructure and shift various functions to cloud-based systems. 

Cloud engineers have unique skills: they need to have the technical acumen to migrate infrastructure from physical storage to the cloud, make sure the data in the cloud is secure, and develop best practices. They also need to be able to skillfully negotiate with cloud vendors like Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform, which provide cloud services to organizations. Since cloud engineers work closely with IT professionals during the migration process, good communication skills are also important.

How do I become a cloud engineer?

To become a cloud engineer, at a minimum, you’ll need a bachelor’s degree in computer science or information technology. Many cloud engineers have extensive experience with software development and understand a range of programming languages, including C++, Python, Java and AngularJS. Increasingly, these professionals are also required to have skills in cyber security. 

How much money do they make?

On average, cloud engineers make $96,000 a year.

Who are some famous cloud engineers?

Influential cloud engineers include Andy Jassy, Senior Vice president of Amazon Web Services, Leyla Seka, Senior Vice President of Salesforce.com, and Aneel Bhusri, co-founder of Workday. 

Engineering, Computing and Technology Fields

Do you know what an environmental or a civil engineer does? How about the difference between computer science and computer engineering? Explore the different fields within engineering to discover the right one for you. Each area includes a description and links to where you can learn more.

Today is Women’s Equality Day! – August 26

On this day 100 years ago, suffragists in the United States achieved what they had fought long and hard for the right for women to vote. On August 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Consitution was enacted, which prohibited the federal government and states from denying anyone the right to vote based on sex.

Women Continue to Struggle

Today, women in many parts of the world are still fighting for the same rights as men. Even in the U.S., where women now have the same legal right as men, they still earn, on average, less money than men and lack representation in certain career fields like engineering. Currently, women hold under 25% of STEM jobs in the U.S., according to the World Economic Forum. 13% of engineers are women, 26% of computer scientists are women, and women engineers make about 10% less, on average, than men.

When diversity is missing from STEM, it can have harmful repercussions. Not only does it leave women and people of color out of high-paying jobs, it also means that STEM fields are less diverse, and therefore aren’t benefiting from the different ideas and perspectives that diverse teams can deliver. A big problem is that girls don’t often see female role models in STEM. Therefore, it’s important that organizations highlight women in STEM, make an effort to attract and hire women in these fields, and ensure that diversity and inclusion are among their core values. 

Who are Some Famous Female Engineers?

While engineering may seem like a masculine profession, women have made major contributions to the field. Edith Clarke, the first woman to be employed as an engineer in the U.S., was a trailblazing female engineer. A supervisor for General Electric and a college professor, Clarke is perhaps best known for her invention the Clarke calculator, an early version of a graphing calculator. Clarke was also an IEEE fellow.

According to Business Insider, some of today’s leading women engineers include Gwynne Shotwell, COO of SpaceX, Alicia Boler Davis, Executive VP of Global Manufacturing for General Motors, and Priya Balasubramaniam, the VP of Core Technologies Operations and iPhone Operations at Apple.

Girls in STEM

Empower female engineering students and challenge the stereotypes and myths about women in the profession. Visit TryEngineering’s website to learn more about Girls in STEM and NERD Girls.

Do you love robotics?

Check out Arrick Robotics!

Arrick Robotics was founded by Roger Arrick in 1987 after the personal computer accessory market became dominated by the far east which stunted the growth of Arrick Computer Products – a maker of switch boxes and power control products since 1980.

The first product offered was the MD-2 motor control system which was a subsystem of a robot arm that was being developed. The MD-2 became popular with users of telescopes for computer controlled positioning then expanded into factory automation and research projects via the Personal Computing Tools catalog. Over the years positioners were added to broaden the product line.

In the mid-90’s, Roger decided that there was a small market for mobile robots and the first Trilobot was designed. These were mainly sold to Universities for research projects. Later, Trilobot was given a complete update with improved sensors, a gripper, etc. Today, Trilobots are also used in High-School labs throughout the US, and have been seen on TV, in magazines, and on the front page of Scientific American’s web site.

In the late 90’s Roger developed ARobot which is a lower-cost robot intended for hobbyists and educators. Wiley Publishing asked Roger to write ‘Robot Building for Dummies’ in 2002 and the book was released in 2003. The book is focused around expanding ARobot to include speech, video and other devices. ARobot has been featured in magazines, on the front cover of Edmund Scientific’s catalog, and is popular among robot builders world-wide.

Arrick Robotics remains a small company based in Tyler, Texas where all products are designed and built.

Roger is past President of the Dallas Personal Robotics Group, and founder of the East Texas Robotics Group.