ChE’s everywhere will engage in classroom and community K–12 outreach projects during Engineers Week 2018 (Feb. 18–24). E-Week volunteers old and new will discover a great resource and collaborator in DiscoverE — the founder organization of Engineers Week, the Future City Competition, and a variety of STEM outreach programs that are inspiring K–12 students (and their mentors) across engineering disciplines and geographic locations.
The non-profit DiscoverE offers outstanding educational resources, including instructions for hundreds of hands-on demonstration, and a slate of programs that STEM volunteers can join in or adapt for local needs. The DiscoverE site is loaded with inspiring ideas and materials — much of it available as free downloads.
Volunteer opportunities are plentiful, and require only your enthusiasm for STEM as a prerequisite.
Here’s what’s on the horizon at DiscoverE:
Engineers Week 2018 — Engineers: Inspiring Wonder
February 18–24, 2018
Engineers Week is an annual celebration of the ways engineers make a difference in the world — and an ideal opportunity to bring engineering to life for students, educators, and parents. DiscoverE is the definitive source for E-Week planning kits, reference materials, and loads of ideas for hands-on science demonstrations.
Several DiscoverE programs coincide with this year’s E-Week celebrations:
Future City Competition Finals
February 20, 2018, Washington, DC
Now an international competition, Future City challenges middle-school students to imagine, design, and build virtual cities of the future, with an eye toward solving societal problems. Students use SimCity to research, design, and document their solution to a city-wide issue and building a scale model of their city. Volunteers from all STEM fields are needed to coach and mentor student teams, as well as to judge and help organize the annual slate of regional and final competitions.
Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day
February 22, 2018
Role models wanted: Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day (aka, “Girl Day”) is a growing movement aimed at inspiring grade-school girls to find a calling in engineering. ChE role models share their knowledge and experiences, giving girls the chance to think like an engineer for a day. There’s still time to become a Girl Day role model. Sign up now.
Beginning March 7, AIChE members can find volunteer opportunities in DiscoverE’s month-long Global Marathon to inspire women in engineering and technology. The Marathon culminates on April 4 with the Global Day of the Engineer.
Please sign me as a Volunteer in the Washington DC area for February 5, 2018, event.