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Science, Engineering, Computer Science and Design Thinking

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The Biggest Problem We're Facing Today & The Future of Engineering

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  • This video about engineering discusses the many ways we rely on technological advancements and the ways in which engineering can help us sustain and improve the systems we rely on. 
  • It covers topics such as infrastructure, clean water, computers, agriculture, carbon sequestration, and preventing nuclear disasters. 
Teaching Tips


  • This video has nice animations and highlighted text to accompany the narrative.

Additional Prerequisites

  • You may need to play the video at a slower pace or pause between sections to let students take notes or to recap information.


  • This video could be used as an overview of the different fields of engineering.
  • Social studies classes could use this video to connect why standards of living tend to increase with technological advancements and infrastructure development.
  • Other resources on this topic include Tokyo's Heat Island EffectEngineering and Our Planet, and this table of solutions to climate change.
Scientist Notes
The resource explores opportunities for a climate resilient, secured, and sustainable future driven by engineering works. This transformation plays a key role in reimagining and expanding technologies to solve human problems at present and in the future. This resource is recommended for teaching.

This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

  • English Language Arts
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • SL.6.2 Interpret information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how it contributes to a topic, text, or issue under study.
  • Science
    • ETS1: Engineering Design
      • MS-ETS1-2. Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
      • HS-ETS1-1. Analyze a major global challenge to specify qualitative and quantitative criteria and constraints for solutions that account for societal needs and wants.
      • HS-ETS1-3. Evaluate a solution to a complex real-world problem based on prioritized criteria and trade-offs that account for a range of constraints, including cost, safety, reliability, and aesthetics, as well as possible social, cultural, and environmental impacts.
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