Engineers Week :Celebrate Engineering in Everyday Life
Engineering touches every aspect of our lives. Yet most of us are not consciously aware of the contributions engineering professionals have made to make our daily lives a little easier. Think about these examples of engineering: Your cell phone. Your home. The water you drink. Your car. The highway , traffic lights and bridges. All of these are examples of engineering that touch our lives every day. Now I want to invite you to take another step: Use Engineers Week to Introduce your child to engineering. Why should you?
Engineering Disciplines Are Among the Fastest Growing and Well Paid Professions
According to a recent study by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) , six of the top 10 paying college degrees were in engineering disciplines. Here is an except from the NACE Study:
"At an average starting salary of $70,400, computer engineering was the highest-paid major in 2012. Other engineering majors that were among the top 10 were chemical engineering, ($66,400, second), aerospace/aeronautical/astronautical engineering ($64,000, fourth), mechanical engineering ($62,900, fifth), electrical/electronics and communications engineering ($62,300, sixth), and civil engineering ($57,600, seventh). "
If you search through many of the open positions on major job boards you will see a large number of engineering positions. One major issue that parents have with introducing their children to science and math based professions is : "How can I share this information with my child if I am not good in math and science myself?"
How Engineers Week Can Help You Introduce Your Child To The Engineering Profession.
Local colleges. museums and professional organizations like the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Society of Women Engineers (SWE) have special Engineers Week events scheduled that can help parents show their children some of the great contributions engineers have made to our world. Please check your local paper, online community event calendar or the organization's website for more information.
Take some time out this weekend and show your child some engineering wonders. You will have a positive effect on their future.
- List Leaders: Biggest engineering firms in the Twin Cities (bizjournals.com)
- 3 Ways You Can Introduce a Girl to Engineering (blog-aauw.org)
- Introduce a Girl to #Engineering at #Miami Science (@MiaSci) Museum's Feb. 23 event (browardnetonline.com)
- Filling the science skills gap (environmental-expert.com)
- Degrees That Earn the Most (foxbusiness.com)
- Bechtel Donates $250,000 for New STEM School in Washington State (environmental-expert.com)
- Celebrating Engineering Week (civilengineeringcentral.com)