PENC E-Week STEM Outreach Program

February 22-26, 2021

Middle School students in North Carolina are invited to participate in an at-home STEM activity (Windy City Towers []). Materials packets and instructions will be mailed to participants on February 1. Students will then complete the activity on their own, but before Feb. 22. During Engineers Week, students will be invited to join a virtual call with PENC volunteers to discuss the project. 


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Activity: Windy City Tower


Changing the Conversation

Changing the Conversation strives to encourage more compelling, effective communication to the public about engineering and engineers. The National Engineers Week Foundation has joined forces with the National Academy of Engineering on this national campaign that offers research-based messaging, resources, and simple steps that you can take right away. By changing how we present engineering, we can encourage young people to make a difference in the world through an engineering career.


DiscoverE engineers share a common desire: to help grade school and high school students discover the exciting worlds of engineering and technology. Their goal is to relate practical applications of math, science, and engineering to the world around them. The information in this DiscoverE section will help you plan activities for National Engineers Week or anytime you work with students. The National Engineers Week Committee encourages you to continue your partnership with local schools throughout the year.

New Faces of Engineering

The New Faces of Engineering recognition program highlights the exciting and often unique work of young engineers and the resulting impact on society. Today's engineers are working to solve issues on a global scale, and these engineers, age 30 years or younger, have shown outstanding abilities in projects that significantly impact public welfare or further professional development and growth.

New Faces of Engineering, College Edition

Every fall, College Edition promotes the accomplishments of 3rd, 4th and 5th year engineering students by highlighting their academic success and student contributions to the industry and participating engineering society.

Future City Competition

Operating in 37 regions, Future City work with over 1,100 schools and reaches 33,000 students in a semester-long program. This engaging program challenges middle school students to design a city 150 years into the future. Starting with just their imaginations and SimCity software, teams of three students, supported by a teacher and an engineer-mentor, come up with ingenious solutions to specific global challenges. Want to get involved in helping students envision and build the world of tomorrow? Consider mentoring local Future City team.

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day

Started in 2001 as a joint effort between NSPE, IBM, and National Engineers Week Foundation, "Girl Day" 2017 marks the 16th year of a special focus whereby women engineers, and their male colleagues, have the opportunity to introduce more than one million girls and young women to engineering. More than just one day, Introduce a Girl to Engineering is a national movement that shows girls how creative and collaborative engineering is and how engineers are changing our world.

Global Marathon For, By and About Women in Engineering and Technology

The Global Marathon provides global and regional opportunities for women and provides a place to put forward ideas, solve common problems and come together. Designed to be an interactive event, the Global Marathon encourages women to engage and ask questions through live internet chat, webcasts and phone calls. Join us in a live worldwide forum on topics for, by, and about current and future generations of women in engineering and technology.

Discover Engineering Family Day

The annual Discover Engineering Family Day is enjoyed by over six thousand visitors to the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. every February. The festival features dozens of hands-on activities provided by local engineering chapters and national organizations. Every year at the start of Engineers Week, the impressive main hall of the National Building Museum is taken over by thousands of children of all ages experiencing the excitement of engineering.