The 2017 National Engineers Week or Eweek is just around the corner. This year it will be celebrated from February 19-25, 2017.
2017 National Engineers Week
In the United States, National Engineers Week is always the week in February which encompasses George Washington’s actual birthday, February 22. It is observed by more than 70 engineering, education, and cultural societies, and more than 50 corporations and government agencies. The purpose of National Engineers Week is to call attention to the contributions to society that engineers make. It is also a time for engineers to emphasize the importance of learning math, science, and technical skills.
The celebration of National Engineers Week was started in 1951 by the National Society of Professional Engineers in conjunction with President George Washington’s birthday. President Washington is considered as the nation’s first engineer, notably for his survey work.
Dates to Remember
- February 19-25, 2017: Engineers Week
- February 18, 2017: Family Day in Washington, DC
- February 21, 2017: Future City Competition Finals
- February 23, 2017: Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day
- March 7-9, 2017: Global Marathon
What You Can Do
The best place to get information regarding Engineers Week is to visit the DiscoverE.org web portal dedicated to Engineers Week. There you will find all about the events listed above as well as a resource page with different media formats to help spread the work and encourage youth to take up engineering.
To help kick start Engineers Week, Eweek organizers have created a film called Dream Big for IMAX and giant screen theaters that showcases engineering’s impact on our world. It is produced by MacGillivray Freeman. The trailer is below and looks to be inspiring to both young and old alike.