Pat Gramling
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  • Beth Cady, National Academy of Engineering

    Posted Friday, January 8, 2016 at 2:20 PM

    Toys that promote engineering habits of mind have been around for many years, and new toys are being developed every year. What was your favorite engineering toy as a child? What is your favorite recent toy?
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    Pat Gramling,
    Posted Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at 4:24 PM
    Growing up in the 50’s I spent a lot of time following my dad around and “helping” with his tinkering. He was a great one for taking things you have and making something that would solve your problem or make your work easier. We still use the “Mole ...
  • Kate Gramling, Illumineer

    Posted Thursday, November 19, 2015 at 10:00 AM


    Movies and television programs influence the ideas and opinions people develop about professions - particularly young people with little or no personal experience or role models to compare with what they see on various screens. This reality was the motivation for the recently completed "Next MacGyver" contest.

    Before we can build on good ideas students have developed about engineering - or replace the bad ones - we should ...

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    Pat Gramling,
    Posted Sunday, November 22, 2015 at 8:36 PM
    The first scene that popped into my head was in “Apollo 13” where the engineers on the ground must figure how to put a square box in the hole made for a cylinder in order to save the lives of the astronauts. You can see a 4 minute clip of this scene on ...