How do we set up the program?
After a careful application process, the Engineer-in-Residence program matches a volunteer engineer with a school based on criteria provided on the application forms. After we find an appropriate match, we introduce the engineer to the primary contact teacher at that school. The two meet to plan visits and activities for the year. The EIR does not just go into the one classroom; the primary contact teacher should introduce the EIR to other teachers and staff, so that the whole school can benefit from the EIR presence.
The EIR program office offers resources and guidance to help with set-up and with planning throughout the year.
How are schools and Engineers matched?
The EIR program office matches engineers with schools in their area based on criteria provided on the application forms. The EIR meets with the primary contact teacher and together they decide if it’s a good fit.
What does the program delivery typically look like?
There is no cookie-cutter approach at the EIR program. The EIR and the primary contact teacher work out what makes sense based on the school’s needs and the engineer’s schedule and strengths.
EIRs can run hands-on activities, do lab demos, give presentations on engineering and what it means to be an engineer, help with special projects, take students on field trips to their work place, give career advice, and help forge links between the school and industry. Our EIRs often start working in one classroom, and end up going to five or even more. Some EIRs help organize school-wide activities. Some will do a different activity every time they come in and some will work on year-long projects. The emphasis in all cases is on engaging students in the STEM subjects, raising awareness of the engineering profession, curriculum-links, and providing a real-life connection to classroom theory.