Celebrating National Engineers Week:
Feb. 18 — Feb. 24
Every year during the third week of February, Open for Business Oklahoma (OFBO) members celebrate the innovations and achievements of the engineering industry by observing National Engineers Week. Founded by the National Society of Professional Engineers in 1951, the annual event is dedicated to acknowledging the big dreams and bold ideas engineers bring to the table.
National Engineers Week coincides with the birthday of President George Washington, who is considered one of America’s great engineering pioneers. Engineers, technicians and technologists have been at the forefront of progress throughout history, and this year’s theme, “Welcome to the Future,” encapsulates the notion that today’s engineering achievements will pave the way for a brighter tomorrow.
From the construction of bridges to the design of spacecraft, engineers have a hand in just about everything around us, but much of that work is done behind the scenes. Engineers Week serves as an opportunity to shine a light on the engineers who work tirelessly to keep our world running smoothly.
National Engineers Week is about more than just recognizing current talent: it serves up a golden opportunity to introduce students from all walks of life to science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) concepts. Exposure to STEAM at a young age can foster the natural curiosities and critical-thinking skills that may ultimately inspire students to explore engineering as a career path.
Whether through one-time demonstrations or ongoing mentor relationships, community outreach is essential to cultivating the next generation of engineers. In fact, it can be as simple as connecting local schools with STEAM-based lesson plans. That’s why OFBO members joined forces to create a free virtual STEAM curriculum available for parents, teachers and students to access any time of year.
Every day, engineers shape our future by driving advancements, improving processes and confronting challenges in an effort to improve our quality of life. Much acclaim is owed to the engineers of yesterday, today and tomorrow for breaking down barriers and reimagining what’s possible.
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