Engineering,

The space race between the U.S. and the Soviet Union drove early decisions to pursue going beyond the boundaries of space. As NASA celebrates its 60th anniversary and the 50th year since U.S. astronauts landed on the moon, the U.S. faces new decisions about the future of space exploration. Will it be the Mars Era?

Although essential to our infrastructure, bridges are also symbols and inspiration for writers, artists and engineers. Neo-classic D.C. and modern sensibilities vie for funds, to maintain and change the face and functionality of D.C.

Using public transportation as the hub and Washington Post articles, opinion pieces, photography and informational graphics as the fuel, students engage in decision making and debate about gas taxes and infrastructure funding, engineering and design, economics and personal finance.

Robotics and the new science of biomimetics appear in the media and provide lessons in scientific observation, technology and engineering design, and solutions to problems.