Are you a teacher or engineer looking to inspire the next generation of civil engineers? Are you a student who wants to find out why civil engineering is loads of fun?
Perhaps you are looking for lessons, videos, and activities to do at home? ASCE can help! We are compiling and highlighting materials from a variety of ASCE-supported sources to support parents and teachers experience hands-on engineering at home. Check back frequently as our resource list grows.
In this series we are adapting some of the support activities developed for the award-winning documentary, Dream Big: Engineering Our World, to showcase how they can be done at home.
Daylight in a Bottle—bringing sunlight into a building provides free, renewable light. Find out how an ordinary water bottle can bring light into slums around the world.
Build a Better Bubble Blower—Use the Engineering Design Process to test and build the “best” bubble blower.
Water Pollution Clean Up--Healthy water is important for humans as well as for the environment. Can you design a water filter to remove pollutants?
Colorful Chemistry—Red cabbage juice makes a colorful chemical indicator for acids and bases around the home.
Build an Earthquake Resistant Structure—build structures out of toothpicks and marshmallows then test them on a home-made shake table.
Foil Boats—this is a fun activity for all ages. How much weight will a piece of foil support? Turn it into a challenge!
Windy City Tower/Paper Towers—Can you design and build a paper tower that can hold up in the wind?
More Activities: Our partner, DiscoverE, is another excellent source for lessons adapted for home use. Check out the growing library of materials at
Looking for help in conducting activities at home? Read:
Be part of a network of champions engaging students in fun engineering activities and sharing insights about the career you love - civil engineering!
Get personal satisfaction as you help the profession recruit and mentor new, young talent. Whether you are an individual looking to visit a few classrooms, or an outreach leader planning activities for your Section or Branch, ASCE provides training and resources to boost your confidence as you engage students of all ages.
ASCE works with DiscoverE (formerly the National Engineers Week Foundation) to promote engineering:
ASCE has a
diverse catalog of outreach materials
available to aid every outreach opportunity. Educational booklets, brochures, and give-aways such as pencils and balloons will ensure your visit will be memorable.
Build your skills and confidence in talking about civil engineering and guiding kids through engineering design activities.
Video tutorials and webinars will help you adapt to a variety of age groups and settings.
Civil engineers are vital community members, helping people get to work, bring products to market, and deliver clean drinking water. Civil engineering activities showcase STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) thinking as students decide on the best solution to a problem such as designing a bridge.
Invite a civil engineer to make a visit to your classroom.
Visits can be virtual or live.
"What Do Civil Engineers Do?"
for a quick overview of civil engineering. Meets Common Core standards.
"Dream Big: Engineering Our World"
is a giant screen film that introduces students to the creativity and problem solving inherent in engineering. The project has over 50 hands-on activities, including lessons designed for teachers in kindergarten through high school; as well as educational webisodes on topics including autonomous vehicles, wind engineering, and clean water and more. The 42-minute documentary is on Netflix with an educational license which allows it be shown in classrooms.
Find out why
"It's Cool to be a Civil Engineer,"
complete with discussion questions and educational standards.
Work with your local ASCE Section to start a
Civil Engineering Club
for high school students.
Civil engineering is an exciting career and makes the world a better place for everyone. Civil engineering has been named one of the
Best Careers by U.S. News & World Report
for several years. Jobs in the field are projected to grow by almost 20% by 2022.
America’s Infrastructure Grade
Water & Wastewater Investment
Surface Transportation Infrastructure
Donate to the Education Fund
Make a difference with high school students.
Start a Civil Engineering Club!