Good engineers are as close as Parents as Teachers

Ever try to find a good engineer? Maybe you’re looking in the wrong place.

There are nearly 21 million children in the U.S. age 5 or younger…the period in life that scientists tell us has more impact on a child’s development than any other. And, although there are 3 million more preschoolers than teenagers, we spend more on education for teens than for infants, toddlers and preschoolers combined.

Just this week the St. Louis Business Journal noted that firms struggle to find enough good engineers. “Young people are still turning up their noses at engineering careers,” said Ralph Flori, engineering professor at Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, Mo.

“There’s a geek stigma attached to engineering,” noted Manoj Patankar, dean of Saint Louis University’s Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology.


Engineering consulting firms, contractors and construction companies probably don’t spend a lot of time thinking about infants, toddlers and preschoolers, but since that’s where their crop of engineers will be coming from in just a few short years, perhaps they should be!


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