I’m An Engineer

Last night, I had the privilege of explaining to 17 Webelos Cub Scouts what I do as an engineer.  I enjoyed the opportunity to share, and it was interesting to me to hear some of the different reactions from these boys:

“You work really hard.”

“You work a lot.”

“I’m a software engineer.  I write some of my own software, and I work on computers.  I know all about this stuff.”

“An engineer drives a train.”

“Did you work on my school.”

“This seems pretty technical.”

“It was interesting.”  (Isaac responding to whether I was boring or interesting.)

“Thank you, Mr. Stolpe.”

After sharing with these kids, I thought about ways that I could have explained myself in a way that was more understandable to them.  But more than that, I’ve been thinking about how important it is for kids to hear about all the different opportunities that they have as they grow up.  I’m glad I had the chance to share.