Real-world projects in engineering highlight a 4-year-old program in the Fresno, Calif., school district that seeks to get students thinking about careers. Hundreds of students in the Green Energy Biomedical and Engineering Pathways at Edison High School recently displayed projects, including a machine to ease drought by moving water through wind power. "We barely have any dropouts because they're so into their projects," said teacher Due Hoang. The district hopes to expand the Engineering Pathways program to other schools.

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