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Wyoming Engineers To Educate Third-Grade Classrooms

February 15, 2017
Elementary students participate in astronomy experiments in outreach activities.
Wyoming youngsters will get the chance to learn about engineering next week as part of National Engineers Week.

Third-graders across the state have the opportunity to learn about engineering during National Engineers Week on Feb. 19-25.
The University of Wyoming College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS) has partnered with several organizations to create a free program that brings professional- and college-level engineers into third-grade classrooms around the state to lead a one-hour hands-on activity. The activity is designed to inspire innovative thinking and design to young students to encourage participation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
"I could not be more excited for this year's program,” CEAS Senior Project Coordinator Teddi Hofmann says. “Next week, more than 100 professional engineers from around the state will be visiting more than 180 third-grade classrooms to engage students in hands-on learning and exploration.
“This is a unique opportunity for professionals to engage with youth in their own community, to share their experience as an expert in the field, and to inspire the next generation to consider engineering in their academic and professional pursuits. This program brings together students, educators, and professionals and has the capacity to build a stronger sense of community around the state."
The theme for 2017, coined by the DiscoverE network, is “Engineers Dream Big” and focuses on how engineers engage their creativity and technical know-how to transform dreams into reality. There are special days as part of the celebration. Girl Day will be Feb. 23 and the UW, Society of Women Engineers will be leading a coffee hour open house on campus to highlight and celebrate the contributions from women in engineering throughout history.
This is the second annual Engineers Week program in Wyoming, and encourages educators to share enthusiasm for engineering to make a difference in a young person’s life.
Towns in Wyoming with elementary schools scheduled to participate in Engineers Week activities include: Laramie, Cheyenne, Gillette, Big Piney, La Barge, Jackson, Casper, Gillette, Rawlins, Cody, Wilson, Sheridan, Kelly, Pinedale, Rock Springs, Evansville, Kaycee, Upton, Riverton, Lander, Buffalo, Carpenter, Centennial, Hanna, Burns, Greybull, Rock River, Dubois, Newcastle, Sundance, Douglas, Moorcroft, Ethete, Arapaho, Thermopolis, Ranchester, Shoshoni, Afton and Thayne.

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