Episode 41: Why Do We Need to Know How Things Break?

Meet the Expert: Dr. Marsha Tufft, Engineer and Author

Dr. Tufft has  degrees in mechanical (BSME-Purdue), aerospace (MSAsE- University of Cincinnati), and materials engineering (Ph.D.- University of Dayton). She worked 30+ years that I worked as an engineer professionally at GE Aviation .She is also an active volunteer with GE volunteers and Girl Scouts of Western Ohio. Dr. Tufft has received awards for science experiments she developed and led with more than 1,000 girls over the years during the Girl Scouts of Western Ohio’s summer camps. You can find her experiments and projects on her website, www.putneydesigns.com.
Dr. Tufft’s passion is helping kids become creative problem-solvers and engage with STEM–science, technology, engineering, math. She wrote a fiction book series to help change attitudes about science and math to encourage more kids to consider STEM fields, get comfortable with learning from failure, and bounce back with renewed confidence. Her thoughts are that stories change attitudes.
Image of engineer making a paper catapult

Dr. Tufft using a catapult that she made.

woman with dog on a surfboard

Dr. Tufft with her dog on a surfboard she made with engineering










Engineering is all about learning how things work!  Want to become an engineer? Check out this awesome video by Crash Course (also consider subscribing to Crash Course. It’s a fantastic resource for kids!!)

AND Check out our other Solve It! For Kids podcasts about this topic.



Why Would You Want to Break a Flying Car?




How to Test a Rocket Without Blowing it Up  







Do Dr. Tufft’s Egg Drop Challenge to see what happens when two objects collide.

You can find it HERE

With your parents permission, send us a picture of your egg drop experiment via email at podcast@solveitforkids.com OR tag us on our Twitter or Instagram account @kidssolve

If you send in your challenge OR just leave a comment on the episode page, you will be entered into a giveaway to win a FREE copy of the book listed below.


engineering book for kids


Free Book Giveaway with this Episode! 

Awesome Engineering Activities for Kids: 50+ Exciting STEAM Projects to Design and Build 
by Christina Schul





Book List: 

How to Be an Engineer by Carol Vorderman

Engineered!: Engineering Design at Work by Shannon Hunt and James Gulliver Hancock

Putney and the Magic eyePad  by MK Tufft


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