Engineers Week is a time to celebrate the important work of engineers and to inspire the next generation of innovators. Here are some of the ways you can recognize Engineers Week and support its mission as an AIChE member:
1. Make a “Why Chemical Engineering?” video
Why chemical engineering? Such a simple question with myriad answers, from vaccines, healthcare, food production, to renewable energy, and so many more. AIChE posed this question to student member Sofia Melgar from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras.
How would you answer this question? Take the #WhyChemE Challenge by posting your own video on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Be sure to include the hashtags #WhyChemE and #AIChE. Feel free to mention us using @ChEnected. When we see your video, we'll share it. And we might even feature it on aiche.org/whycheme.
2. Inspire students with a chat with NASA’s Cathy Koerner
On Thursday, February 23 at 12:00 pm ET, eDiscovery will chat with Cathy Koerner, a NASA leader who is guiding the development of systems that will land the first woman on the Moon and send humans to Mars. You can register to watch on Zoom or on a YouTube livestream.
3. Take advantage of downloadable K–12 STEM activities
Whether you already work with children interested in science, or want to find ways to share your interests with them, you should check out the many activities and materials available through AIChE’s K–12 Community. Also have a look at the wide range of downloadable materials from eDiscovery’s activity page. And if you're interested in getting becoming more active in STEM outreach, find ways to get involved by joining AIChE's K–12 Community.
4. Spark a STEM discussion with a short film
In about 10 minutes, Chemistry Short’s great films can get students thinking and talking about the possibilities science makes possible. We recently featured one about polymer chemistry, enzyme reactions, directed evolution, DNA, and plastic recycling on ChEnected, but you can find all of their short films — and accompanying classroom materials — on Chemistry Short’s site at chemistryshorts.org.
5. Give back
Whether funding industry and academic awards, the AIChE K-12 initiative, or promoting diversity in the profession, the AIChE Foundation provides funding for impactful programs that support AIChE’s mission and promote the advancement of the chemical engineering profession, today and in the future.