Founded by the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) in 1951, National Engineers Week (February 17-23, 2019) is all about increasing understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers. This event promotes recognition of the importance of a technical education and a high level of math, science, and tech literacy, in hopes of motivating young people to pursue engineering careers. It’s a celebration of all things engineering and a way to recognize the positive contributions engineers make to our society and our quality of life.
Here are some suggestions for celebrating National Engineers Week:
- Use our free resources to plan engineering activities with the kids in your life, whether your children, grandchildren, students, or youth group volunteers.
- If you work in engineering, volunteer to be a mentor for Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day (February 21, 2019) and give girls the chance to think like engineers. You’ll be amazed by what you learn.
- Try one of our engineering games, and learn while having fun!
- Enroll your teen in this year’s TryEngineering Summer Institute and give the opportunity to explore this promising field during a two-week summer camp experience on a prestigious college campus, complete with behind-the-scenes field trips, guest speakers, and more. (Remember: “Early bird” special savings ends February 22, 2019.)
However you choose to celebrate National Engineers Week, be sure to take time to appreciate the marvels of engineering all around you and how they enhance our lives, from mega structures to wind turbines, engine work, medical treatments and devices, safety systems, and more. And if you know or meet an engineer, be sure to thank them for their contributions.