Can you explain the difference between a scientist and an engineer...to a bunch of kids? Winning definition gets a Certificate of Brilliance!
So far in the Define Yourself contest, we've examined the terms "Engineer" and "Hacker." (iGEN kids have voted and you can see the winning definitions for "Engineer" here.)
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."