If you’re an engineer, then it’s pretty safe to say that somehow, at some point you figured out that engineering might be a good fit for you.
Maybe you knew someone that was an engineer.
Maybe you were told “you’re good at math and science – you should go into engineering”.
It’s also pretty safe to say that there are many kids that don’t get that “memo”. Or, worse, they may be told that they shouldn’t even consider engineering (yes….that still happens!).
We need to be talking to kids about engineering often, and early!
The Engineer in Residence program is designed to raise awareness about engineering in a very inclusive and strategic way.
Our trained volunteers are talking to kids as young as Kindergarten about the social impact of engineering, and help educators connect the STEM curriculum to real people solving real world problems.
What does that look like? How do you do that during a global pandemic in a turbulent and unpredictable education system?
Here are the highlights from our 2020/2021 program…
197 volunteers visited 200 schools reaching over 5000 kids more that 50,000 times!
Building EIR community resources and supports through the launch of our Library of Lessons
Connecting in new an innovative ways with students and school boards with discussion panels
Piloting new programs with greater reach and accessibility.
Well be spending the next few weeks training a new cohort of engineer volunteers HOW to talk to kids about engineering.
Kids that have never met an engineer before, or have some misunderstanding or inaccurate perceptions about the profession will be connected with an engineer for the entire school year!
Want to find out more about HOW we talk to kids about engineering?
JOIN US! We still have a few volunteer spots open for the coming school year.