National Engineers Week starts on Monday and there are many activities throughout the state that your students can engage with to learn more about the engineering profession. Engineer’s Week Founded by the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) in 1951, EWeek (February 19–25, 2017) seeks to transform the landscape and increase the diversity and talent of students seeking engineering careers. According to the NSPE, Engineer’s Week is a time to:
According to the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, engineering is one of the most in-demand fields in the state, with over 2500 unique job postings in the state each month. Encouraging your students to explore engineering early is a fantastic way to ensure they have the skills and passion necessary to enthusiastically fill these openings. Below are several activities throughout the state that will expose students to the unique engineering field.
When students participate in these activities, they are eligible to earn points on the MakerMinded campaign, a statewide initiative to encourage students to participate in high-quality STEM programs. Make sure to log your points for your school if you participate in any of these activities at tn.makerminded.com!
Location Varies: MathCounts Regionals Students can participate in MathCounts regional competitions throughout the state. Students in seventh and eighth grades from local counties compete in these events, which challenge mathletes to solve problems. http://tn.makerminded.com/activities/mathcounts-competition-series Tullahoma, Tennessee: February 21st – UTSI Student Design Competition: The student design competition will take place Feb. 21 at the UT Science Center in Tullahoma. High school students in grades 10, 11 and 12 compete on two-person teams to design, build and compete their design against other teams. http://tn.makerminded.com/activities/utsi-student-design-competition-february-21st
Coffee/Franklin County, Tennessee: February 22nd – Engineer for a Day Engineer for a Day is scheduled for Feb. 22 at AEDC, which will give high school eleventh and twelfth grade students the opportunity to tour the Complex and some of its facilities, as well as spend time with an engineer mentor in an area of their particular interest. http://tn.makerminded.com/activities/job-shadow-industry-professonial
Nashville, TN: February 25th – Adventure Science Center Engineering Day: From robotics to rocketry and radio communications, the 15th annual Engineering Day will provide hands-on opportunities to learn about different aspects of the engineering design process from local engineers and explore exciting student STEM projects while gaining a better understanding of concepts used in the field. You can learn more and log your participation here: http://tn.makerminded.com/activities/adventure-science-center-engineering-day
Memphis, TN: February 25th – Annual Engineers Week Student Contest As part of its Engineers Week Activities, the Memphis-Area Joint Engineers Council sponsors a contest for Middle School and High School students. It is an opportunity for students to express their creativity and demonstrate their ingenuity by working on concept projects designed to improve our quality of life. In addition, it is an opportunity to enhance public speaking skills as students will make presentations to judges about their projects. http://tn.makerminded.com/activities/memphis-area-joint-engineers-council-student-contest-0
Chattanooga, TN: February 17th-25th – Dream Big: Engineering Our World Dream Big: Engineering Our World is the first film of its kind for IMAX® and giant screen theatres that will transform how we think about engineering. From the world’s tallest buildings to underwater robots and a solar car race across Australia, Dream Big celebrates the human ingenuity behind engineering marvels big and small, and shows how engineers push the limits of innovation in unexpected and amazing ways. The Tennessee Aquarium is showing the film during the duration of Engineers Week. http://tn.makerminded.com/activities/dream-big-engineering-our-world-chattanooga-tn