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Celebrate Engineers Week
February 18, 2020

Founded by the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) in 1951, EWeek (February 16–22, 2020) is dedicated to ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce by increasing understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers.

Today, EWeek is a formal coalition of more than 70 engineering, education, and cultural societies, and more than 50 corporations and government agencies. Dedicated to raising public awareness of engineers’ positive contributions to quality of life, EWeek 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, EWeek reaches thousands of schools, businesses, and community groups across the U.S. Engineers: Pioneers of Progress is the 2020 Engineers Week theme.

PROGRAMS

February 15–19, 2020 Future City Competition Finals
First and foremost a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) program, Future City is a cross-curricular program that lets middle-school students do the things engineers do: identify problems, brainstorm ideas, design solutions, test and retest, build and then share the results. Sponsored in part by DiscoverE, Future City celebrates its 27th aniversary in helping students use the engineering design process as a framework to guide them through the creation of their cities. Within this framework, students apply specific project management methods to keep their projects on track. This structure gives students a real world learning experience they can apply to future challenges in school, work and life. Led by an educator and engineer mentor, students will design a virtual city using the latest SimCity software. The teams will research, design, and write up their solution to a city-wide issue and build a scale model of their city. This year’s challenge theme, Clean Water: Tap into Tomorrow, encourages students to choose a threat to your city’s water supply and design a resilient system to maintain a reliable supply of clean drinking water. National Finals, February 18, 2020, will be held in Washington, DC.

February 20, 2020 Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day
With hundreds of events happening each year, Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day is a movement that shows girls how creative and collaborative engineering is and how engineers are changing our world. Thousands of engineers nationwide volunteer each year to encourage and serve as role models for young students as they develop an attainable vision of themselves in scientific careers.

February 20, 2020 RJEC Banquet
The 2020 Richmond Joint Engineers’ Council (RJEC) Annual Banquet will be held on Thursday, February 20th at the historic Jefferson Hotel in Richmond, Virginia. This year’s keynote speaker for the banquet is Charles Southall, vice president of Engineering and Design for Newport News Shipbuilding. Mr. Southall is responsible for all ship design, construction engineering, fleet engineering services, and test engineering.

The Virginia Society of Professional Engineers (VSPE) will sponsor and coordinate the Virginia MATHCOUNTS® 2020 competitions. Local winners will meet at the State competition to be held at J. Sargent Reynolds Community College in Richmond, Virginia on March 14, 2020. A national competition for students in the 6th, 7th and 8th grades, MATHCOUNTS was developed as a positive and rewarding solution to reversing the current problem of math illiteracy and as a way to make parents, educators and the general public aware of career opportunities in math. Students compete both as individuals and as teams in events designed to promote mathematical competency. For more detailed information about local Virginia competitions, State competition finals, and National competition finals, visit the MATHCOUNTS® Foundation website.


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