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On 23 Nov. 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.  The webpage highlights IEEE-USA's commitment and response.
Featured Events and Activities

Braving a winter blizzard, a handful of hearty IEEE members participated in IEEE-USA's 5th Annual Careers Fly-In (8-9 Feb.) to visit Capitol Hill to explain why we, as a country, need to do a better job teaching our children math, science and engineering.  Part of the outreach will include messages of support for The Engineering Education for the Innovation Economy Act of 2010 (the “E2 Education Act”), a groundbreaking bill that would provide federal incentives to encourage states to add engineering content to their K-12 science and math curriculums. 

National Engineers Week (E-Week) (14-20 Feb.) 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."  A handy toolkit is available, which includes suggestions for outreach opportunities, graphics to include on your websites or in print announcements, postcards, and posters; and much more.  An estimated 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 E-Week.

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, DC!   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 Feb. where 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., to identify volunteers who are mentors and role models for young women to build and sustain their interest in engineering careers.

On 20 Feb, thousands of kids and their parents will descend on the National Building Museum in Washington, DC for the IEEE-USA-sponsored E-Week Family Day, a full day of hands-on activities and demonstrations designed to introduce kids to the excitement of engineering.  A similar Family Day event was held in Charleston, South Carolina on Feb. 20.

The 2010 Global Marathon for, by and about Women in Engineering in Technology is set for 10-11 March.  The marathon is a 24-hour “conversation,” done through a combination of live Internet chats, webcasts, teleconferences and pre-recorded sessions on issues for, by and about women in engineering and technology, which are accessible to a worldwide audience.

National Robotics Week (10-18 April) was a new initiative developed by the National Technology Collaborative with IEEE-USA support.  The inaugural week in 2010 included the celebration of over 50 affiliated events in 21 states, DC, and Puerto Rico. Over 46,000 people participated, including over 22,000 K-12 students.

IEEE-USA was a co-sponsor 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 (10-24 Oct.), a multi-cultural, multi-generational and multi-disciplinary celebration of science and engineering in the United States, culminating in a massive two day Expo on the National Mall in Washington, DC on 23-24 Oct.  The Expo will feature exhibits by over 500 science & engineering organizations presenting a fun hands-on activity to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.

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How You Can Help

1.  Pick an activity(s) of interest 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 E-Week's Million Hours Campaign.

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

  • K-12 STEM Outreach Activities:
  • Public Policy Activities:
  • E-Week and Media Queries:  Chris McManes

Updated: 07 October 2010
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