StoryCorps: Passion for Mechanical Engineering

Posted on December 13, 2008  Comments (5)

StoryCorps is an effort to record and archive conversations. NPR plays excerpts of one of the conversations each week, and they are often inspiring. They are conversation between two people who are important to each other: a son asking his mother about her childhood, an immigrant telling his friend about coming to America, or a couple reminiscing on their 50th wedding anniversary. By helping people to connect, and to talk about the questions that matter powerful recording are made. Yesterday I heard this one – A Bent For Building, From Father To Daughter:

“Can a girl be an engineer?” she asked her father. His answer: There was no reason she couldn’t.

Anne loved to take her things apart. It was mostly her toys — until the day she took a clock apart and spread its contents out.

When her father asked what had happened, his daughter answered, “Oh, I took it apart. Daddy fix.”

And as her dad put things back together, Anne would sit by, watching intently to see how things were made. “Did you ever notice that I always followed you around the shop, watching?” Anne asked Ledo.

“I thought there was a magnet hooked up to me and to you.”

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5 Responses to “StoryCorps: Passion for Mechanical Engineering”

  1. Kevin
    December 13th, 2008 @ 12:18 pm

    Really good post! Keep the good work in this blog curiouscat 🙂

  2. John Yeo
    December 19th, 2008 @ 12:26 pm

    I always believe both genders have equal chance of being engineers. I am an Mechanical Engineer too (but turned to social work) and I feel we have to be curious in any field we are in. Great post! :p

  3. Jason
    May 27th, 2009 @ 2:46 pm

    Engineering is excellent…..

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  5. rv
    February 17th, 2011 @ 7:54 am

    nice post !
    What makes engineering so special is the fact that everything living or dead on this planet can be engineered.

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