Taking the necessary STEPS to explain everything you wanted to know about engineering
12 February 2018
The STEPS programme seeks to promote awareness of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) careers among young people and their influencers
I work with Engineers Ireland’s STEPS programme, the professional body for engineers in Ireland. STEPS is a strategic partner of Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and seeks to promote awareness of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) careers among young people and their influencers.
The STEPS programme is also supported by Arup, Eirgrid, ESB, Kirby Group, Transport Infrastructure Ireland and Xilinx. It is the only nationwide engagement event of its kind in Ireland focused specifically on engineering – and I want to inspire the next generation of engineers.
I project-manage Engineers Week and I am responsible for volunteer management, development and support, including maintaining the ‘Investing in Volunteers’ quality standard.
As Engineers Week project manager, I am always on the lookout for new opportunities to show everybody what engineering is all about. This led me to DiscoverE, an organisation in the United States that is focused on growing a dynamic engineering profession through outreach, education, celebration and volunteerism. DiscoverE’s programme includes Engineers Week, Dream Big, Global Day and Global Marathon. I began collaborating and sharing ideas with DiscoverE in 2016.
Leslie Collins, executive director with DiscoverE, recently invited me to a virtual meeting with DiscoverE’s steering committee and diversity council who are volunteers and staff with various engineering societies. I participated via my home computer (due to the time difference). The council was interested to know about my Global Day and Global Marathon collaborations with DiscoverE; our Engineers Week events; and my plans for Dream Big.
Global Day of the Engineer is Wednesday, April 4, 2018. Global Day is the worldwide event that celebrates and recognises engineers. It is easy to participate and I am encouraging engineers, volunteers and educators in Ireland to celebrate Global Day of the Engineer. Do you know an engineer or group you would like to recognise? Are you interested in doing hands-on activities with students?
Do you have photographs of engineering innovations, outreach events, or inspiring engineers you can share on Global Day? Visit DiscoverE.org/GlobalDay to take the pledge and learn more.
I am a Thought Leader involved in helping to plan the Global Marathon, a FREE series of six, 30-minute virtual presentations and conversations about women in engineering and technology. The Global Marathon will be held each Wednesday from March 7 to April 4, 2018. The Global Marathon’s Theme is The Future is Now: Inspiring Women in Engineering and Technology.
Global Marathon 2018 topics will include:
- Social media and its impact on our world: the technology and women behind it;
- Women on the frontier of engineering and technical breakthroughs – worldwide;
- Best advice; building confidence; overcoming shyness – real stories about women in engineering;
- Engineering: connecting the left and right-hand sides of the brain;
- International teams working on complex engineering and technology projects;
- A day in the life of engineers around the world.
Registration opened in early December 2017 at http://discovere.org/our-programs/global-marathon
Engineers Week 2018
Engineers Week 2018 will take place from February 24 until March, 2, 2018. I have worked with DiscoverE to bring Dream Big, a giant-screen film focused on engineering and STEM. It takes viewers on a journey of discovery into the world of engineering.
The film takes viewers on a journey of discovery from the world’s tallest building to a bridge that reaches above the clouds and a solar car race across Australia. Dream Big is an amazing film. I would love if your school, library or organisation were to host a free screening of the Dream Big: Engineering Our World film during Engineers Week 2018.
Narrated by Academy Award® winner Jeff Bridges, Dream Big: Engineering Our World will transform how we all think about engineering. If you are an engineer, teacher, event organiser don’t miss this opportunity to show your local community how today’s engineers are shaping the world of tomorrow. Register your details at bit.ly/EW18DreamBig to host a screening of Dream Big: Engineering Our World film during Engineers Week 2018.
I am working together with DiscoverE for a common good and I hope you can get involved and work with us to inspire the next generation of engineers and make a difference in your local community. If you have any questions or would like to get involved with Global Day, Global Marathon, Engineers Week or Dream Big please contact me on 01 6651340 or firstname.lastname@example.org://www.engineersjournal.ie/2018/02/12/taking-necessary-steps-explain-everything-you-wanted-know-about-engineering/http://www.engineersjournal.ie/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/roseanne-oleary.pnghttp://www.engineersjournal.ie/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/roseanne-oleary-300x300.pngNewsengineers week,STEM,STEPS