What is Engineers Week?
Engineers week is an initiative spearheaded by DiscoverE, focused on engaging students in engineering. In 1990, DiscoverE issued the first nationwide call to engineers to visit a classroom and introduce K-12 students to engineering by talking about their careers and doing hands-on activities. Every year focuses on a different theme, and this year’s theme is “Be a Pioneer of Progress” by helping to create the next generation of innovators.
Why does it matter?
Engineers make significant contributions to our society. From the computers you use at work, to the roads you take to work, nearly every aspect of our modern-day lives has been touched by engineering. In order to advance into the future, we need the next generation of girls and boys to engage with engineering early on so they may become interested in pursuing a career in engineering.
Not only is getting children interested in becoming engineers good for society, but it’s also great for the kids who decide to pursue a path of engineering. According to DiscoverE, 84% of educators say a visit from an engineer or technical professional helps students learn about engineering careers, which can encourage students to consider engineering as a career path.
According to @DiscoverEorg, 74% of educators say students don't have many opportunities to meet an engineer. We’re looking forward to putting a dent in that statistic on #WorldEngineeringDay when we bring the engineering profession to @ChiPubSchools Hitch School with @JAChicago! pic.twitter.com/Sb7jlxf4Fk— OMEGA (@omegaassociates) February 18, 2020
How OMEGA is Getting Involved: Volunteering with Junior Achievement Chicago
The mission of engineers week and DiscoverE is to “Help give every child an engineering experience.” How do we accomplish this? By bringing engineers into classrooms!
OMEGA partnered up with Junior Achievement of Chicago to visit Chicago Public Schools on March 4, World Engineering Day. Junior Achievement of Chicago is a nonprofit focused on providing volunteer-delivered, kindergarten-12th grade programs that foster work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills, and use experiential learning to inspire students in our community to dream big and reach their potential.
On World Engineering Day, our engineers will be talking to students about what it’s like to be an engineer, why they chose the profession and then they’ll also be leading 6th through 8th-grade students through a hands-on activity to build a bridge using only straws and tape.
The goal of the activity? Create a bridge that can span a gap of at least 25 cm and support as many pennies as possible—and create a bridge for students to consider engineering as a career!
Why did our OMEGA Engineers Become Engineers?
Through the process of preparing for our volunteer event next week, we’ve been asking some of our engineers a question that’s been on our mind– “why did you become an engineer?” Here’s what they had to say.