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National Engineers Week Highlights Importance of Field

February 11, 2016

Students in third-grade classrooms across Wyoming will learn about the global impact of engineering during DiscoverE’s Engineers Week Feb. 21-27.

The University of Wyoming College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS) has partnered with several organizations to create a free program that brings professional engineers into third-grade classrooms around the state to lead hands-on activities. The program highlights how engineers make a difference in the world by bringing engineering to life for students, educators and parents.

“The objective 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 engineers questions.”

There are special days as part of the celebration. Global Day, slated Feb. 24, 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, scheduled Feb. 25, shows girls how creativity shapes engineering and celebrates 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, and lead third-grade students through the engineering design process by designing, building and testing a "mint mobile" model race car.

These events are a partnership of 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.

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

Wyoming elementary schools scheduled to participate in Engineers Week activities are:

Buffalo -- Cloud Peak Elementary.

Casper -- Fort Casper Elementary, Oregon Trail Elementary.

Carpenter -- Carpenter Elementary.

Cheyenne -- Anderson Elementary, Pioneer Park Elementary, Sunrise Elementary.

Dubois -- Dubois K-12.

Gillette -- Wagonwheel Elementary.

Greybull -- Greybull Elementary.

Hanna -- Hanna Elementary.

Jackson -- Colter Elementary, Jackson Hole Children’s Museum, Journeys School.

Kaycee -- Kaycee Elementary.

Laramie -- Indian Paintbrush, Linford, St. Laurence O’Toole.

Pinedale -- Pinedale Elementary.

Rawlins -- Rawlins Boys and Girls Club.

Riverton -- Rendezvous Elementary.

Rock Springs -- Stagecoach Elementary.

Sheridan -- Highland Park Elementary.

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