Doors are open for our Engineer-in-Residence program!
Can you tell we’re excited 😉
Right on the heels of National Engineering Month, we’re calling for engineer volunteers.
We want you to help us continue to amplify better stories about engineering!
April 18-24th also happens to be Volunteer Week. The theme this year is “the value of one, the power of many.” It highlights the awe-inspiring acts of kindness by individuals AND the magic that happens when we work together towards a common purpose.
The value of one engineer telling their engineering story to a young class…
The power of many students learning that there’s a place for them in engineering.
We’ve go SO MANY amazing volunteers, we’re going to celebrate them for the entire month!
We want you to be a part of our passionate team!
Here’s what Don Ball, one of our long-time EIRs
(that’s what we call our volunteers!) has to say…
Why did you become an engineer?
In high school, my Physics teacher was my main role model. He sparked a huge interest in Physics and Electronics, and Science in general. I wanted to study the same course he had at university, Engineering Science (though it was called Engineering Physics at U of Toronto when he did it. Of course, Engineering Physics still exists at other universities.) So Engineering just seemed natural and logical to me. I do not regret having taken this path.
Why do you volunteer?
I like to share my passion for Science with young people, and I enjoy working with teachers and students, particularly at the elementary level. When I was younger, I enjoyed volunteering as a Scout leader and soccer coach.
What do you think is unique about the EIR program?
I think that it is very important for young people to understand Science and Math concepts, and hopefully to be excited about them. Climate Change and COVID-19 are two examples where I think that the public should understand Science very well, and clearly many members of the public do not. The EIR program helps young people to understand Science, and maybe inform the adults around them!
What impact do you feel you are having as an EIR volunteer?
A teacher recently told me this: “I know that when these kids are in university, they are going to look back and say how much they learned and experienced because of you. Thank you.” I see how excited the kids are when they know I will be visiting their class. I hear similar things from other EIRs, so I know that we all are making a big positive impact.
You are truly an example of the value of one, and the power of many!
Visit EIR.ca to join our team of volunteers!