IEEE-USA Sponsors Series of EWeek Activities in Washington, D.C.
16 February 2012 – IEEE-USA is one of four major sponsors of U.S. Engineers Week, which will take place 19 – 25 February 2012. Designed to raise awareness and celebrate the positive contributions that engineers make to society, the week’s kickoff event is Discover Engineering Family Day, held on Sunday, 19 February at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.
Highlights of this year’s Family Day will include an appearance by a former astronaut, dance pads where steps control sound and light, and design competitions. Dozens of other hands-on activities, presentations and giveaways from local engineering chapters and national organizations will help foster an interest in engineering among children and promote technological literacy.
Other EWeek events include:
Future City Competition National Finals – This annual engineering design competition started with about 33,000 students (sixth, seventh or eighth graders) from approximately 1,100 schools. Under the guidance of an engineer and teacher, children created their own vision of a future city and constructed three-dimensional scale models. After regional championships were held in January, the winning teams received a free trip to compete in the national finals during EWeek. Part of the Future City competition includes the IEEE-USA Best Communications System Award presented to the team with the most “efficient and accurate communications system.”
Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day – Held 23 February, engineers reach out to pre-university girls with positive messages about engineering and technology careers, as well as math and science education. The IEEE Women in Engineering affinity group and the Society of Women Engineers participate. IEEE also supports the New Faces of Engineering program, which honors the nation’s most promising young professionals and college engineering students.
Other EWeek sponsors are ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers), the National Building Museum and the National Engineers Week Foundation.