Electrical Engineering: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Tiffany Hightower

Tiffany is a certified elementary school teacher. She has a B.A. in English, education certification and a master's degree in education from Central Michigan University.

Electrical engineering has created lots of devices you use every day. It is an exciting and interesting subject to learn more about. Find out what electrical engineers do and how you can become one.

What Is Electrical Engineering?

Look around your house or outdoors. Do you notice any devices that are plugged in or use batteries to get electricity to work? All of these devices have been created and designed by electrical engineers.

Electrical engineering is the name for the field in which people invent, create, improve and fix electronic devices, tools and equipment. Electrical engineers use lots of math, science and research to develop all kinds of small and large devices and the electrical circuits that help them run.

Even this very simple device was created by electrical engineering.
Electric Plug

Why is Electrical Engineering Important?

You use a variety of electrical devices that help you have fun, make things easier to do, keep you safe and keep you healthy. For instance, have you ever thought about how long it would take to walk to your friends' house to have a conversation? Electrical engineers made this quicker and easier with the creation of the telephone, and later on, the cell phone. We depend on phones to talk to one another and call for help in emergencies.

Have you ever noticed electricity poles with wires outdoors? Electrical engineers figured out how to get electricity to our homes to supply us with the electricity we need to have lights, cook, and even stay warm or cool. Electrical engineers also invented wireless networks that we use every day.

You probably enjoy watching your favorite cartoons and shows on television. You can thank electrical engineering for that too! Do you enjoy playing video games? Well, electrical engineers created the electrical parts of video game consoles. Also, electrical engineers created lots of different kinds of medical equipment that helps doctors do their jobs, such as x-ray machines.

Electrical engineers created the towers and wires that bring electricity to your home.
Electricity Tower

How Can You Become an Electrical Engineer?

Do you enjoy math and science? Are you the type of person who is interested in finding out how things work, solving problems, and creating new inventions? If so, this might be a career for you. There are things you can start doing now that can help you become an electrical engineer someday.

First, you'll want to work hard in school and take courses in math and science, and you'll also need good reading and writing skills. If you can, try to visit a science museum - they have lots of interesting exhibits on many different kinds of things, including things created by electrical engineering.

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