Engineers play a vital role in ensuring public safety, improving quality of life, and designing the innovations of the future. Career opportunities for engineers are boundless, yet not enough young people are choosing to enter the engineering profession. CH2M HILL has a long-standing tradition of supporting educational outreach and inspiring the next generation of technical talent.
Engineers Week (EWeek) aims to increase public understanding of the role engineers play in society as well as spark pre-college interest and enthusiasm in the profession. Founded by the National Society of Professional Engineers in 1951, the program is now governed by a steering committee of more than 20 professional engineering societies and sponsored by more than 50 corporations.
CH2M HILL has supported EWeek since 1997 as the firm’s flagship science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education outreach program. Each February hundreds of employees from CH2M HILL offices across North America volunteer their time to serve as mentors, teachers, and judges in a variety of activities, including engineering competitions, technology and science fairs, classroom presentations, hands-on activities, and project site visits. By engaging students in activities that help them understand how science, math, and technology can be used to solve real world problems and make a difference in society, CH2M HILL is helping to inspire the next generation of engineers.
The Future City Competition (celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2013), an official EWeek program, is a U.S., project-based learning experience where students in 6-8th grade imagine, design, and build cities of the future. Students work in teams with an educator and engineer mentor to plan cities using SimCity™ 4 Deluxe software; research and write solutions to an engineering problem; build tabletop scale models with recycled materials; and present their ideas before judges at 37 Regional Competitions in January. Regional winners represent their regions at the National Finals in Washington, DC in February. This flexible, cross-curricular educational program gives students an opportunity to do the things that engineers do—identify problems; brainstorm ideas; design solutions; test, retest and build; and share their results. In 2012 a total of 140 teams competed from 37 regions. CH2M HILL is proud to be supporting the 2012/2013 Future City Competition through financial support, mentors for teams across the United States, providing judges, and sharing our technical expertise with teachers and students to put the Future City challenge into real-life context.
CH2M HILL is proud to be part of this competition and is excited about adding commentary and insight during the days leading up to the competition to help parents, teachers and students prepare for the important event.