Engineering Super Heros! Have to love it ... move over Fantastic Four!
Huge accolades go out to the School of Engineering and Applied Science at George Washington University which just created ... drum roll ... RobotronMan! By day, Professor Ben-Tzvi is a mild mannered mechanical engineering professor, but when calamity threatens the world, it's RobotronMan to the rescue.
I first learned about this comic strip which features engineers as super heros via the Scientific American Blog. In their blog they mention and link to a study from Intel which notes: "only 28 percent of teenagers had ever considered becoming engineers and that only 5 percent associated engineering with the word “cool.”"
One week from Saturday my youngest son will graduate from Rose-Hulman with his BSEE. His senior design project was a robotic manufacturing arm which was sponsored and will be used by a local Indiana company. When I'm down in Terre Haute next weekend for graduation, I'll look for budding new superheros! In our family's case ... the creation of a new engineering superhero ... it all began with Legos! As parents and adults we all need to set examples. I coached a Lego Robotics Team for five years. This Spring is very rewarding as many of these young men are graduating from college and starting their first professional engineering jobs.
Please do your part to encourage our children to at least consider the sciences. Here are the first three screens from the Adventures of RobotronMan. I hope you'll link and read the entire series!
Screen #1: RobotronMan (click to maximize)
Screen #2: RobotronMan (click to maximize)
Screen #3: RobotronMan (click to maximize)
Read the rest of the Adventures of RobotronMan!