Let’s Make a Difference
Most Americans, kids and adults, do not know what engineering is or what engineers do. They don’t know that engineering is a collaborative, creative process that makes a difference in all of our lives—from advances in life-saving medicines to more productive crop yields to clean drinking water.
Engineers Week is a time to make a difference by celebrating our accomplishments and sharing our knowledge, experiences, and enthusiasm. It is a time to turn comments like “I didn’t know that” into exclamations of “I want to do that!”
It is a time to come together and mobilize our colleagues—engineers, engineering students, technicians, and technologist—to volunteer to make a difference by visiting a classroom, recognizing the work of a colleague, or hosting a public event.
Engineers Week is a time of many firsts. It may be the first time a student:
- meets an engineer
- tries an engineering activity
- learns what engineering is
- considers engineering as a viable college or career choice
It may be the first time you:
- Attend or help to plan an Engineers Week celebratory event at your college or workplace
- Volunteer to do a hands-on activity with students
- Talk to a group of students about engineering
- Participate in a community event aimed at informing educators, media, or community leaders about engineering
Whether it is your first time or you are an old pro, you can get started today:
- Order your Engineers Week Volunteer Kit.
- Contact your local Engineers Week organizing committee at your workplace or through your engineering society.
- Or, pick one thing to do from our list of idea starters.