Engineers Week 2005 in the USA promotes recognition among parents, teachers and students of the importance of a technical education and a high level of math, science, and technology literacy, and motivates youth to pursue engineering careers in order to provide a diverse and vigorous engineering workforce. Each year Engineers Week reaches thousands of schools, businesses, and community groups across the United States.
Engineers Week 2005 is co-chaired by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and BP p.l.c..
Engineers Week programs include:
- Engineers Without Borders (EWB) -- 2005 EWeek co-chair ASME will spearhead an effort to work with Engineers Without BordersTM - USA, a global organization delivering sustainable and appropriate engineering solutions to communities in need. By organizing teams that adopt EWB projects, engineering societies around the world can extend EWB's reach by connecting students and young engineers with engineering mentors and advisors of all ages.
- Connecting the World to Engineering -- This global Internet initiative of forums and live teleconferences links engineering undergraduates and young engineering professionals with business leaders in the engineering community. The guidance and ideas they offer help undergraduates confirm their choice of engineering as a career. "Connecting" is a 2004 legacy project by Fluor and IEEE-USA.
- New Faces of Engineering -- Young engineers who have been in the workplace five years or less and have shown outstanding abilities in projects that significantly impact public welfare or further professional development and growth, are recognized for their accomplishments in major print media and local press. ASHRAE and Lockheed Martin launched "New Faces" for EWeek '03.
- Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day (February 24, 2005) -- Each year "Girl Day" allows thousands of women engineers, with support from their male counterparts, to directly mentor more than one million girls and young women in K-12 with firsthand experiences in engineering. "Girl Day" is a 2001 legacy project by IBM and NSPE.
- Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day Global Outreach -- In March 2004, Engineers Week participated in a United Nations briefing, "Girls and Technology: New Educational Opportunities" Organizations, educational institutions, and individuals are also invited to sign a statement supporting Engineers Week's initiatives: "We, the undersigned, encourage all nations to seek the talents, viewpoints and intellects of women in engineering and related mathematics and science fields. Encouragement, education and work opportunities for girls and women in these fields are imperative to generate and turn ideas into reality for the health, safety, and welfare of all.” For 2005, IEEE-WIE may translate materials into Spanish.
- National Engineers Week Future City Competition -- Now entering its 13th year and established in 40 regions across America, middle-school students work with teachers and volunteer engineers to build computer and three-dimensional scale models of cities of tomorrow. At regional competitions in January, the teams present their designs before a panel of engineer judges. First place regional teams win a trip to Washington for national finals, February 21-23, 2005. This is a legacy project from EWeek 1993 by Chevron and IEEE-USA.
- Engineers Week web site -- The site contains the nuts and bolts of how to organize and run a local Engineers Week program, a special section for Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day, hosts the Connecting the World to Engineering forums, features the New Faces of Engineering and information for media. Links to all other EWeek sites are available. As EWeek becomes more global, this site becomes increasingly important in making materials and ideas accessible.
- Sightseers Guide to Engineering -- This website celebrates engineering marvels from the subtle to the spectacular in all 50 states. The public can also join in the recognition and appreciation of the achievements of America's engineers by submitting their own favorites. This is a legacy project for EWeek 2001 by the National Society of Professional Engineers.
- Discover Engineering web site -- Middle school students can find the how and why of becoming an engineer at this entertaining and informational website, which features links to related educational, professional, and corporate sites. This is a legacy project from 1999 from the Eastman Chemical Company and the American Ceramic Society.
- DiscoverE -- More than 45,000 engineers work with five and a half million students and teachers in elementary through secondary school each year through classroom visits and extracurricular programs, using educational materials provided by National Engineers Week. DiscoverE began for EWeek 1990, with a special grant from Bechtel. ZOOM Into Engineering (ZIE), launched for Engineers Week 2002, continues to provide materials and programs tied to the popular WGBH television show ZOOM. ZIE is a legacy project of American Society of Civil Engineers and DuPont.
- Family event --ZOOM Into Engineering Family Day at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., broke all public attendance records for the museum. Volunteers conduct interactive hands-on exhibitions.
- Printed and AV Material -- Engineers Week headquarters prepares and distributes a variety of support materials for local EWeek programs. These include student guidance materials, “how-to” instructions, promotional materials such as buttons and caps, a variety of video products and, each year, a new graphic/poster to inspire excitement and pride in the engineering profession.