What is the EIR Program?

The Engineer in Residence (EIR) program is an innovative, volunteer-based outreach program dedicated to inspiring young people in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

It began as a concept in 1997, fostering collaboration and mentorship between teachers, engineers & students. It was founded by PEO (Professional Engineers Ontario) and is now run independently by us!

The program was piloted in 1998 with 4 schools in Toronto, and has continued to grow – with 200 school participating this year.

The volunteer EIR brings real-life dimension to the curriculum, using hands-on projects, presentations and other activities in the classroom. By sharing their personal stories and passion for their profession, the EIR’s presence in the classroom puts a face to engineering.

By connecting real Engineers and Engineering Interns (EITs), we’re helping to bridge the gap that often exists between the real world and classroom theory. Bringing experiential learning into the classroom.

Since it’s inception, the EIR program has offered free of charge to make the program accessible to elementary and secondary schools across Ontario. This is thanks to the generous donations time from the EIR volunteers, and financial support from some amazing EoT partners. 

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