Every year, the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) celebrates National Engineers Week (EWeek) through DiscoverE.
This year, EWeek was held from February 17 to February 23.
EWeek was founded by NSPE in 1951 as a measure to ensure a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce by increasing understanding of and interest in careers in the engineering and technological field. As of today, the EWeek coalition has grown into an assembly of over 120 groups comprised of engineering, education, and cultural societies as well as corporations and government agencies. Each year, they strive to promote public awareness of positive engineering contributions towards our quality of life, plus highlight the importance of a technical education coupled with a high level of math and science literacy to pursue an engineering career.
EWeek reaches thousands of schools, businesses, and community groups across the U.S. through their different programs such as the Future City Competition and Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day.
In the Future City Competition, middle school students imagine, design, and build a virtual city while researching and creating a solution to a city-wide issue. Once the students have built the scale model of their city, the teams then present their vision to a panel of judges. The judging took place during EWeek on February 19 and students came out of the competition with a better understanding of some of the complex technical issues in today’s world. Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day encourages engineers to sign up as a Girl Day Role Model to talk about being an engineer, visit a classroom for hands-on engineering activities, or even invite students to visit an engineering facility. Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day was held on February 21, 2019, and is an annual activity, so make sure to keep this event in mind for next year if you’d like to participate.
Washington, D.C. even celebrates EWeek by holding an annual Discover Engineering Family Day festival at the National Building Museum. The festival is designed to generate excitement in the field of engineering for youths of all ages by showcasing different demonstrations and hands-on activities that present basic engineering principles.
While EWeek has already taken place this year, there are still ongoing events that you can join or tune into, such as the 2019 Global Marathon—a free series of online engaging conversations taking place in March created to connect, network, and learn from women in engineering around the world. Also, join DiscoverE on Global Day of the Engineer on Wednesday, April 3 to celebrate and honor colleagues, family, and friends who are engineers. You’re invited to share photos of engineering wonders and engineering celebrations you’ve been a part of as well as engage students in engineering activities.
If you are an engineer, make sure to take the 2019 Global Engineers Survey and join the discussion on April 3 when results are shared to show what engineers have in common, what’s different, and what it means for the future of engineering.
Lastly, don’t forget that though there are dedicated weeks and days to celebrate engineering, inspiring students and youths to be interested in this field can happen on any day of the year at any time!