LAKE WALES, Fla.—All around the world it is Engineers Week 2016 (February 21-to-27)—a time when working engineers and engineering educators are encouraged to reach out to pre-collegiates at every level (K-through-12) and demonstrate to them that engineering is a good career choice for them. Celebrating its 65th year, sponsored by DiscoverE (formerly the National Engineers Week Foundation founded in 1951) Engineers Week supplies a wealth of on-line materials for download that exemplifies and can help to organize celebrations at any time of year to enlighten pre-collegiates how they an change the world by becoming an engineer.
During Engineers Week 2016 (Feb. 21-27) every engineer worldwide is encouraged to use the resources provided by DiscoverE (formerly the National Engineers Week Foundation) to encourage pre-collegiates to choose engineering in order to make the world a better place.
"There are five easy steps and ways that you can make a difference during Engineers Week 2016 or any time during the year," said Thea Sahr, director of programs at DiscoverE in its webinar. "Engineer week is just one week out of the year, but we really look at it more as a launching pad--a chance to remind everyone that reaching out and helping kids discover engineering is an important thing we all need to be doing, and it doesn't have to be during Engineers Week, in fact we hope it is being done all year long...because its engineers who are driving innovation around the world."
Engineers Week's 65th year anniversary is this week (Feb. 21-27) since it was established in 1951 to encourage pre-collegiates to choose engineering and change the world.
All five steps are described in detail in its webinar or more succinctly in its slideshow.
DiscoverE encourages celebrations and popularization events for engineering all year long, and has already touched innumerable lives with their work. One example is the popularization of engineering as a career that is not just for men, but is just as accessible and desirable for women, as illustrated in this testimonial from the webinar.
"When I was 10 years old, the University of Texas hosted a 'women in engineering' program," said Victoria Ibarra, now an engineering student at the University of Texas in Austin. "I was given hands-on activities that directly related to engineering and the volunteers that were there were students, and faculty and engineers from industry...I could see that engineering was something that I could do and that I wanted to do later in life."
Victoria Ibarra, now an engineering student at the University of Texas in Austin, chose engineering as a career as a direct result of her experience during Engineer's Week.
Thousands of similar lives have been touched by the hundreds of similar programs sponsored and promoted around the world (on every continent except Antarctica) by DiscoverE including: National Engineers Week Future City Competition (started in 1993), Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day (started in 2001), Global Marathon for, by, and about Women in Engineering & Technology (started in 2005), New Faces of Engineering (started in 2003), College Edition (started in 2011) and DiscoverE Educator Recognition (started in 2012).
Why not organize such an opportunity for pre-collegiates in your neighborhood? Or at least become a volunteer for DiscoverE activities in your region. Stand-up and be counted. You could change a youngster's life forever, and enrich your own at the same time.
— R. Colin Johnson, Advanced Technology Editor, EE Times