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National Engineers Week Highlights Importance of Field

February 15, 2016
Engineers Week program
UW will celebrate Engineers Week from Feb. 21-27.

The global impact of engineering will be celebrated Feb. 21-27, as the University of Wyoming joins institutions worldwide in hosting DiscoverE’s Engineers Week.

To celebrate Wyoming engineers, the University of Wyoming College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS) has partnered with several organizations to create free program that bring professional engineers into third-grade classrooms around the state to lead a hands-on activity. This free program highlights how engineers make a difference in the world by bringing engineering to life for kids, educators and parents. This is a partnership event between the Wyoming State Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors, Wyoming Engineering Society, Wyoming Department of Education, UW, School of Energy Resources and Wyoming NASA Space Grant Consortium.

“The objective of the activity is for students to learn and move through the engineering design process,” CEAS K-14 Project Coordinator Teddi Hofmann says. “Students will have the opportunity to learn more about what it means to be a professional engineer and will have the chance to ask their visiting engineer questions.”

There are special days as part of the celebration. Global Day is Feb. 24, which aims to bring together the international community to celebrate the accomplishments of engineers and give students around the world a chance to experience engineering and share the amazing innovations engineers create every day.

Girl Day will be celebrated Feb. 26, and showcases a movement that shows girls how creativity shapes engineering and the contributions from women in engineering throughout history. For Girl Day, the UW chapter of Society of Women Engineers will visit Linford Elementary School in Laramie, Wyo., and lead third-grade students through the engineering design process by designing, building and testing a "mint mobile" model race car.

Now in its 65th year, DiscoverE engages in STEM outreach. It encourages educators to share enthusiasm for engineering to make a difference in a young person’s life.

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