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On 23 November 2009, President Obama announced the "Educate to Innovate" campaign, a nationwide effort to help reach the goal of moving American students from the middle to the top of the pack in science and math achievement over the next decade.  IEEE-USA joined nearly 200 other science, engineering and education groups in a letter to the President pledging our support. This page highlights IEEE-USA's commitment and support of things like the 2013 White House Science Fair.
Featured Events and Activities

Engineers Week (E-Week), 18-24 February 2018, is a week-long celebration of all-things engineering, which features the Discover-E program, a year-long educational outreach program for engineer volunteers to communicate how "Engineers Make a World of Difference." Numerous resources are available for you to download. For more on IEEE-USA's support of EWeek, click here.

Volunteer to help a local middle school participating in the E-Week Future City Competition™. Or, you can help sponsor a prize or judge a local contest. You may even win a trip to the national finals, which will be held during E-Week in Washington, D.C. IEEE-USA Precollege Education Committee will be presenting a $1,000 prize to the Future City Team that offers the best communications system.

Future City Teams from Florida, Michigan, Nebraska and North Carolina joined President Obama and White House Science & Technology Advisor John Holdren in a White House press event on 17 February 2010. The middle-schoolers had the chance to ask questions of NASA Space Station astronauts. See video and details here.

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day is a year-long effort culminating on 18 Feb. Its goal is to find volunteer mentors and role models for girls to build and sustain their interest in engineering careers.

On Feb. 25, 2017, thousands of children, parents and teachers descended on the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., for the IEEE-USA-sponsored Discover Engineering Family Day This full day of hands-on activities and presentations are designed to introduce youngsters to the wonder of engineering and inspire technological literacy. In 2001, a National Building Museum one-day record 13,994 people attended Family Day. We hope you can join us in 2017 for our 25th anniversary.

The 2017 Global Marathon for, by and about Women in Engineering and Technology was held on 7-9 March. The marathon is a virtual “conversation” done through a combination of live Internet chats, Webcasts, teleconferences and pre-recorded sessions on issues of importance to women in high-tech fields.

National Robotics Week is 7-15 April 2018. Its purpose is to:

  • Celebrate the United States as a leader in robotics technology
  • Educate the public on how robotics technology impacts society, both now and in the future
  • Advocate for increased funding for robotics technology research and development
  • Inspire students to pursue careers in robotics and other STEM fields

IEEE-USA is a proud supporter of National Robotics Week.

IEEE-USA was a cosponsor of National Lab Day (12 May 2010), a nation-wide initiative supported by over 200 science, engineering and teacher associations, companies, universities and the White House to connect scientist and engineer volunteers with students and educators at grade-levels 6-12 to improve school labs and provide discovery-based science and engineering experiences in the classroom. 

Lab Day is not just a day..but an on-going project.  The National Lab Day website includes tools to match teachers and their project requests with scientists and engineers.  Although National Lab Day will be celebrated on May 12, the goal is to create relationships or "communities of support" between scientists, engineers and teachers that will be sustained and leveraged on an on-going basis.

IEEE-USA encourages members to participate in National Lab Day (NLD) on-going efforts to help build communities of support around teachers across the country, culminating in a day of civic participation.  get involved


National Lab Day Highlights

Read the success stories and follow NLD on Twitter via the National Lab Day website

Read the White House press release on NLD:

Read the Dept. of Education press advisory on NLD:

Read the Scientific American article on NLD

National Science Foundation Launches Website in Support of NLD

Read NSTA Executive Director Francis Eberle’s commentary in Education Week titled “Making Science Labs a Priority

Read articles about National lab Day by SpaceRef.Com, ABB News, the White House, NY1.Com and the White House blog.

Read the blog from OSTP staff on the White House website about the May 6 NLD event in New York City

Read the e-mail from Energy Secretary Stephen Chu encouraging Dept. of Energy scientists to get involved in National Lab Day

Read the U.S. House of Representatives resolution (H.Res.1213) introduced by Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH), which recognizes STEM education and supports National Lab Day.

IEEE-USA is a partner in the U.S. Science and Engineering Festival Expo (7-8 April 2018), a multi-generational and multi-disciplinary celebration of science and engineering in the United States. The Expo will feature exhibits by more than 500 science and engineering organizations presenting a fun hands-on activity to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.

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How You Can Contribute

1.  Pick an activity (or more than one) that interests you and volunteer.

2.  Take advantage of the resources made available by IEEE-USA and others.

3.  Help the engineering community achieve its goal of a million hours of volunteer STEM outreach by entering your hours of volunteer engagement at DiscoverE's Million Hours Campaign.

4.   Contact us if you have any questions or suggestions or need any assistance.

Updated: 11 May 2017