You can make a difference during Engineers Week or any time of the year by:
- Helping kids and adults discover engineering
- Celebrating the engineering profession
- Spreading the word about Engineers Week
Helping Kids and Adults Discover Engineering
1. Visit a classroom or afterschool group.
In 1992, DiscoverE issued the first nationwide call for volunteers to visit K-12 classrooms. Today more than 55,000 engineers and technicians bring engineering to life through interactive presentations filled with hands-on activities, videos, and compelling messages about engineering in schools and afterschool programs.
Looking for tips on how to lead kids in engineering activities? Take our quick self-guided tutorial: Leading Kids Through a Successful Engineering Experience
Not sure how to set up a visit? Download the Classroom Visit Planning Guide.
2. Bring students to your workplace or college campus.
Not only do most kids not know an engineer, they haven’t seen engineering in action. Invite a group of students to spend the day in your lab, office, or at your university. Give them a tour, introduce them to the engineers and technicians who work there, show them a project you or your colleagues are working on, feed them lunch, answer their questions, and take their picture and give them copies to remind them of how cool engineering is.
Looking for advice on how to engage kids with compelling messages about engineering? Take our quick self-guided tutorial: Effectively Talking to Kids About Engineering
3. Mentor a group of students.
Working with a small group of students is a rewarding way to help inspire the next generation of engineers and technicians. You can organize your own program or volunteer with an established program like Future City.
4. Host a DiscoverE Family Day.
Public events are great ways to both celebrate engineering and engage large numbers of children and families in engineering. Set up hands-on activity stations in museums, malls, universities, parks, or libraries. Haven't organized an event before, this detailed training is a great place to start.
5. There’s more:
- Invite a student to shadow you at work.
- Make a presentation about engineering at a middle- or high-school career day.
- Volunteer as a judge for a science and engineering fair.
Celebrating the Engineering Profession
1. Organize a Engineers Week lunch or dinner.
Celebrate the achievements of your colleagues in engineering and volunteerism at an Engineers Week lunch or dinner. Take pictures and post them on the Engineers Week Facebook page.
2. Secure a public proclamation.
Ask your mayor or governor for a resolution recognizing the contributions of the engineering profession. Provide the public official with this year’s Engineers Week theme—Engineers: Inspiring Wonder—and background information about the profession.
3. Recognize an individual.
Does your school, company or engineering society sponsor recognition programs? Nominate a colleague.
Spreading the Word about Engineers Week
1. Tell a friend.
Do your colleagues, friends, and family know about Engineers Week and what your plans are for celebrating? The more people you tell, the more volunteers you can recruit.
2. Order your free Engineers Week poster.
Display this lively and engaging poster on campus, in your office, hallway, or classroom.
3. Post a message.
Partner with your corporation, society, or college’s communication team to post a message from leadership about engineering’s vital role in innovating and providing solutions to global challenges and engaging students in the engineering pipeline.
4. Go Social
5. Write an article.
Will your college paper publish an article about Engineers Week? Will your local society produce a newspaper supplement?