Sunday, February 18th officially kicked off National Engineers Week! This week-long event recognizes engineers as a central asset to our world and celebrates their “positive contributions to quality of life,” according to the National Society of Engineers.
Engineers created structures like the Hoover Dam, the Panama Canal, and even the Great Wall of China! Without engineers, these massive and impressive feats would have never come to be.
Founded by the National Society of Professional Engineers in 1951, National Engineers Week has coincided for over fifty years with the week of President George Washington’s birthday (February 22nd) to pay homage to the nation’s first engineer. Washington was introduced to engineering at an early age, often partaking in land surveying opportunities and ultimately going on to design a country estate on a plantation he’d inherited — Mount Vernon.
Each year, DiscoverE, an organization focused on supporting and promoting growth of the engineering and technology communities, encourages children to explore the STEM community through interactive lessons, child-friendly activities, and involvement with their own local engineering communities.
Across the nation in cities like Port Jefferson, NY; Raleigh, North Carolina; and Los Angeles, California; DiscoverE hosts a series of workshops and presentations to promote the importance of engineering. Children have the opportunity to meet and speak with veteran engineers, participate in fun, educational activities, and learn about the global scale of engineered contributions.
One of the most notable days this week will be Friday, February 22nd: “Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day”, or simply put, “Girl Day”. This day is dedicated to educating girls who might otherwise never consider a career in the STEM community, seeking to encourage them to pursue careers in engineering despite it being a predominantly male-centric field.
For more information on how you can participate in National Engineers Week, visit https://www.nspe.org/resources/partners-and-state-societies/national-engineers-week.