February 16-22 is Engineers Week, and this year marks the 30th anniversary since the program first invited engineers to visit K-12 classrooms to share their passion for math, science, and engineering with students. The theme for this anniversary year is "Pioneers of Progress." Below, you can find ways to get involved in the week's activities, as well as ways to introduce students to STEM careers throughout the year.
Get involved in Engineers Week
Engineers Week is an opportunity for chemical engineers and biological engineers to talk to K-12 students about engineering and to present hands-on activities that will help students understand how math and science can be put to work to understand and solve problems.
74% of educators say their students do not have many opportunities to meet an engineer or technical professional
Engineers Week guides and grants
DiscoverE provides useful guides for volunteers and technical professionals and for teachers and informal educators. Also available are small grants to support Engineers Week efforts in underserved communities. You can apply here.
Other opportunities for K-12 outreach at AIChE
In addition to Engineers Week, and other DiscoverE outreach programs, you can also join AIChE's K-12 outreach efforts to bring chemical engineering to students.
Last year at the Annual Meeting in Orlando, the K-12 Committee launched a STEM Showcase, which presented many opportunities for interested chemical and biological engineers to share their passions with students.
Opportunities for chemical engineering students
If you're a chemical engineering student, take advantage of existing outreach programs that many student chapters already have, such as the UVA student chapter, or the University of Houston student chapter, whose efforts, among others, have been profiled here on ChEnected. And if your chapter doesn't have an existing program, consider starting one. Much material already exists to successfully share engineering with students. Check out proven DiscoverE activities and materials.
Your AIChE membership helps us reach the next generation
Be a part of AIChE and help inspire the next generation of Chemical Engineers! Join or renew your AIChE membership today at aiche.org/membership.