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College of Engineering Prepares for Statewide Outreach Activity

February 16, 2018
PDF flyer for Engineers Week
UW's College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS) has partnered with organizations to create a free program that brings professional engineers into third-grade classrooms around the state.

Some of the state’s top engineers will make a special visit to Wyoming elementary schools next week for National Engineers Week on Feb. 18-24.

The University of Wyoming College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS) has partnered with the Wyoming State Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors to create a free program that brings professional 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 am thrilled to kick-off the third-annual Engineers Week celebration," CEAS Senior Project Coordinator Teddi Freedman says. “Next week, more than 3,200 third-grade students will have the opportunity to engage in hands-on learning and exploration with professional engineers from their community.

“This is a unique opportunity for professionals to connect with youth 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."

DiscoverE network’s theme for 2018 is “Engineers: Inspiring Wonder” and highlights how engineers create awe-inspiring wonders and daily marvels like clean drinking water, computers, and cars. Girl Day will be Feb. 22 and the UW Society of Women Engineers will host middle-school students to campus for an experience aimed at highlighting and celebrating the contributions from women in engineering throughout history.

Those interested can check the Wyoming State Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors Facebook page and Twitter feed next week to read more about the experiences of our participants.

Towns in Wyoming with elementary schools scheduled to participate in Engineers Week activities include: Afton, Arapahoe, Basin, Big Piney, Buffalo, Carpenter, Casper, Centennial, Cheyenne, Cody, Douglas, Elk Mountain, Ethete, Guernsey, Jackson, Kelly, La Barge, Lander, Laramie, Moran, Moorcroft, Pinedale, Powell, Ranchester, Rawlins, Riverton, Rock River, Rock Springs, Sheridan, Shoshoni, Sundance, Ten Sleep, and Thermopolis.


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