In celebration of DiscoverE Engineers Week (formerly known as National Engineers Week) T-O’s own Harvin Flores and JR Norvell presented in front of their peers and community members about the importance of Engineering. Not only do both Flores and Norvell share a passion for engineering but they also share the role of President and Interim President of both the Idaho Society of Professional Engineers (ISPE) Southwest and Northern Idaho Chapters.
“DiscoverE Engineers Week is the only event of its kind,” Flores said. “It is a time to celebrate how engineers make a difference and increase public dialogue about the need for engineers, while also bringing engineering to life for kids, educators and parents.”
DiscoverE Engineers Week is not only a celebration but it is also a time for engineers to pass along their knowledge and experience to the community. The 2014 topic for DiscoverE Engineers Week was “Let’s Make a Difference”.
“When you talk to most people, kids and adults, a lot of them do not know what engineering is or what engineers do,” Flores said. “They do not understand that engineering is done in collaboration and it is part of a creative process that makes a lot of difference in all our lives.”
In an effort to make a difference ISPE and T-O Engineers sponsors MathCounts and the Future Cities competitions. Both events focus on middle-school students and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) opportunities.
MathCounts, a national math competition, provides the chance for students to have fun while exploring areas of math they may not find in a normal class curriculum.
“We were excited to have over 70 students from 7th and 8th grade in the Coeur d’Alene area participate in this event” Norvell said.
The Future City competition allows students to design and build cities 150 years into the future and then present their models and ideas to a panel of judges. The winning team not only gets to attend engineering camp and a chance for college scholarships, they also get to travel to Washington D.C. to represent Idaho at the National Finals competition.
Both competitions give T-O Engineers and other engineers a chance to share their enthusiasm for engineering with students in their communities.
“Engineers make a difference in our communities,” Flores said. “Having the technical expertise that we do, it is our responsibility to share our knowledge and experience and hopefully inspire the next generation to pursue engineering.”
To learn more about DiscoverE week and the Future City competition visit: http://www.discovere.org
To learn more about ISPE and MathCounts visit: http://www.idahospe.org