Carnegie Mellon University
February 20, 2012

CEE Service Event to Celebrate National Engineers Week

CEE Service Event to Celebrate National Engineers Week

Undergraduate Aileen Craig and graduate student Peter Simon ready to get kids excited about civil engineeringUndergraduate Aileen Craig and graduate student Peter Simon ready to get kids excited about civil engineering

CEE graduate and undergraduate students celebrated the start of National Engineers Week at the Carnegie Science Center on Friday and Saturday by participating in a special event to help inspire young people to explore engineering.  Student volunteers, organized by the CEE ASCE chapter, staffed a table where kids designed a bridge using a piece of paper that they could manipulate in anyway and use up to 5 paperclips to reinforce it. Once the bridge was completed, the children would drop pennies to test the strength of their design.

CEE was one of over 50 participants in the Carnegie Science Center program, Engineer the Future, a celebration of the science of engineering and the region’s achievements and advances in architecture, building, and construction. The event which was geared toward students in grades 3–12 and hosted more than 1,110 students from the Pittsburgh region and beyond attended on Friday and many families on Saturday. 

The National Engineers Week Foundation, a formal coalition of more than 100 professional societies, major corporations and government agencies, is dedicated to ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce by increasing understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers among young students and by promoting pre-college literacy in math and science. Engineers Week also raises public understanding and appreciation of engineers' contributions to society. Founded in 1951, it is among the oldest of America's professional outreach efforts. For more information, visit www.eweek.org.

girl girl aileen with student