A few comments that came up while defining Engineer brought up an interesting question: What is the difference between a Scientist and an Engineer? The distinction may seem inherently clear to you, but I can guarantee you'll find a pretty blurry line (if any) when you ask kids.
Below are the definitions we already have, please continue to expound, explain and examine in the comments field below. The reader whose definition is deemed to be best by the kids will receive a certificate of brilliance designed by Daniel Guidera and full bragging rights! (we're in the process of arranging possible additional prizes for this contest...details to come)
From SarahCurry: "Scientists imagine the things that could be; engineers turn those things into
From krwada: To Quote Freeman Dyson: "A good scientist is a person with original
ideas. A good engineer is a person who makes a design that works with as few
original ideas as possible. There are no prima donnas in
and from Denis.Giri: "Scientists think things up and test ideas & algorithms, Engineers
transform those thoughts into specifications, plans and blueprints, and
Technicians & Workers use the blueprints to make stuff."
I look at it that scientists figure out how to do things by figuring out how things work. Engineers don't care how things work, they just implement practical usage of those things. I don't care how a diode works, I only care about what it does and what that can do for me, and how I make use of it. The scientists gave me a working diode and moved on to creating the next item for we engineers to make use of.
I believe "Scientists study the world as it is, engineers create the world that never has been" . But them based on each other. Engineers are based on the theory from scientists; Scientists are based on the tools and equipments from egnineers.