IIE supports National Engineers Week
Working to improve science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education and engineering workforce development, the National Engineers Week Foundation represents the E in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math).
The foundation is a formal coalition of more than 100 professional societies, major corporations and government agencies, dedicated to ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce by increasing understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers among young students and by promoting pre-college literacy in math and science.
Engineers Week also raises public understanding and appreciation of engineers' contributions to society. It coordinates several national educational competitions and provides information on their website for students & teachers, all year – not just during National Engineers Week in February. The coalition has grown from a handful of partners to become the premiere collaboration model in engineering outreach.
Partners of the National Engineers Week Foundation support not only their own companies’ activities, but thousands of engineers and engineering students in outreach. There are opportunities for engineers and organizations to support and engage in any and all of the National Engineers Week programs, sustaining outreach for established programs as well as helping to establish new efforts.
Such programs include:
- New Faces of Engineering: New Faces of Engineering gives college engineering students an incentive to explore various career options for degreed engineers and encourages high school students to take up engineering in college. The IIE winner is featured in a full-page ad in USA Today along with winners from other engineering disciplines during Engineers Week in February.
- Future Cities Competition: Operating in 35 regions, Future City works with 1,034 schools and reaches 33,000 students in a semester-long program. This engaging program challenges sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students to design a city 150 years into the future. Each January, thousands of students participate in regional competitions presenting their designs before a panel of volunteer engineer judges. First place regional teams win a trip to Washington for National Finals, held each year during National Engineers Week. The President of the United States recently recognized Future City at the first White House Science and Engineering Fair.
- American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE): ASSE is a nonprofit organization which brings together engineering educators from all of the engineering and engineering technology fields to collaborate on solutions to promote excellence in instruction, research, public service and practice.