Links to resources


Engineering: An Introduction for High School


Much of our modern society depends on engineered artifacts to function, but many members of modern society are not aware of the engineering techniques and practices that have developed the technology and infrastructure on which we rely. iPods, cell phones, airplanes, bridges, buildings, vehicles, computers, etc. are designed and created by engineers. This textbook introduces engineering techniques and practices to high school students. The goals of this book are to help students gain an appreciation for engineering and its role throughout human history, understand what engineers do, understand the skills and processes engineers bring to their work, and appreciate how the work of engineers shapes and is shaped by their society. The authors hope that this book may inspire students to pursue a career in engineering. This book is a Flexbook® textbook-an open-source book developed with the support of and within the context of CK-12's mission; the Flexbook® format allows the book to be customized for multiple audiences. This engineering text is a living document that can be updated, expanded, and repurposed as necessary to support specific standards and classroom needs. The text is written to meet draft ASEE K-12 standards for engineering. Each chapter corresponds to an outcome in the draft standard. While the standards have not yet been finalized and formally adopted, the Flexbook® format allows the text to evolve in response to changes in the standards, so that the text's content and structure will fully support them. The text was collaboratively written by university engineering and education faculty members at Arizona State University. The text currently has four content chapters that cover the nature of engineering, engineering and society, engineering design, and the connection between engineering, science, and mathematics. The authors are grateful to CK-12 for providing the infrastructure and support that has made this textbook possible. We see this book as a seed,

Brief Description

Provides background about ASU and CK-12's collaboration and the content development of this introductory engineering book.

Author/Creator (Digital Rights Manager)

CK-12 Foundation


Baker, Dale, White-Taylor, Janel, Ganesh, Tirupalavanam G., Krause, Stephen, Roberts, Chell, Morrell, Darryl

Publication/Creation date

2012-02-23, 2012-02-23, 2012-02-23, 2012-02-23, 2012-02-23, 2012-02-23


Engineering, Design


Engineering & Technology



Educational context

9, 10, 11, 12, Adult/Continuing Education, Community College

Copyright Details

Conditions of Use
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon the licensed work non-commercially, as long as they credit the author and license their new creations under the identical terms. Others can download and redistribute the original work just like the by-nc-nd license, but they can also translate, make remixes, and produce new stories based on the original work. All new work based on the original will carry the same license, so any derivatives will also be non-commercial in nature.

Creative Commons License