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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.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • 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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