Moving and Grooving
From a Slinky to an artificial heart to a supersonic jet engine, nothing moves without a mechanical engineer. By turning energy into motion, mechanical engineers put the “go” in scooters and race cars and everything in between.
Look around the house. Something in every room involves mechanical engineering. You’re cold, you want to turn up the heat. Mechanical engineers work with heating and air-conditioning systems, and probably anything else that either moves, hums or goes whizz, click, burp, or buzz. Your automatic toothbrush, for example, or your alarm clock, Dad’s fishing reel, the blender, the refrigerator—even your doorknob.
Ever wonder how the juice got in your juice box? Or how your baseball cards were printed? Mechanical engineers have a hand in everything that is manufactured. They design the machines that make and package products that come to you the right way, every time.
Don’t forget robots. Mechanical engineers have designed them to go everywhere, especially to places where it’s impossible or too dangerous for people to go. Equipped with special sensors, robots can search out survivors in damaged buildings, or venture into live volcanos to gather information for scientists, or investigate the Titanic at the bottom of the sea. And tell your parents there are robots for mowing the lawn too.
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