Engaging the next generation

An integral part of NCEES K–12 outreach efforts is its continued support of DiscoverE Engineers Week. The organization participates in a variety of programs to promote the importance of licensure to a larger audience.

NCEES sponsored the Best Land Surveying Practices special award for the Future City Competition. Future City challenges middle-school teams, with guidance from their teachers and engineering mentors, to design a city 150 years in the future. By NCEES offering this special award at the regional and national levels, 2,200 Future City teams—which included 35,000 middle-school students and 4,400 teachers and mentors, respectively—learned about how surveying is critical to their communities now and in the future.

At the DiscoverE Family Day event in Washington, D.C., NCEES members and staff shared their enthusiasm for engineering and surveying at two interactive activities designed to introduce children to the professions. This annual event attracted almost 10,000 children, parents, teachers, and community groups.

In addition, NCEES was the primary sponsor of New Faces of Engineering—College Edition. College Edition recognizes the best and brightest engineering students whose academic successes and experiences have positioned them to make an impact. The program also maintains a year-round community on Facebook to share information on scholarship opportunities, events, NCEES exams, internships, jobs, and competitions.

To participate in the community, NCEES headquarters staff partnered with a local elementary school to celebrate Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day. More than 130 3rd-, 4th-, and 5th-grade girls took part in the event, which included activities such as building paper helicopters and racing balloon rockets. Each year, Girl Day give thousands of engineers the opportunity to mentor more than a million girls in grades K–12.

Many programs are celebrated during DiscoverE Engineers Week. All outreach, no matter the scale, makes a difference. DiscoverE Engineers Week celebrates engineers, increases the public’s knowledge of engineers, and brings engineering to life.

National Surveyors Week is an annual celebration that recognizes and celebrates the surveying profession and its many contributions to society. Always beginning on the third Sunday in March, surveyors throughout the country participate in many types of events and activities to increase public awareness of the profession. NCEES helped the National Society of Professional Surveyors with creating a new volunteer kit to explain how to get involved in surveying outreach, including talking to children about the surveying profession, helping Boy Scouts earn the surveying badge, and participating in GPS day.