ASHRAE and e-week

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Feb 082011

Engineers Week 2011 will be celebrated February 20 – 26. Co-chairs are Raytheon Company and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers. Feel free to forward this letter or contents to other interested parties.

1. Sid the Science Kid Webinar
2. Girl Day Gets Energized
3. New Video for EWeek
4. Apply Now! 2012 USA Science & Engineering Festival Opens Registration
5. See the Engineered USA
6. Local Events

1. Sid the Science Kid Webinar
There’s still time to register for the February 9 webinar introducing Sid the Science Kid. This is the first year Sid will be participating in EWEEK and we’ve got lots of exciting resources to share to make your EWEEK events “Super Duper Ooper Schmooper” fun for families with young children! Please register for the webinar using the Google form. We will email log-in information and system requirements for the webinar upon registration. The webinar is Wednesday, February 9, at 3 p.m. Eastern time.

To register, click here

2. Girl Day Gets Energized

On February 24, 2011, middle school girls in Argonne, Illinois, will meet with women engineers to work together on hands-on projects as part of Argonne National Laboratory’s “Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day”. Read more from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Council on women and Girls.

3. New Video To Be Distributed For National Engineers Week And Beyond

INNOVATE: FUELING CHANGE is a fast-paced ten-minute video introducing teenagers and pre-teens to exciting careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The video follows a group of diverse high school students as they explore alternative energy resources by converting French-fry grease into bio-fuel. The students also visit a group of engineers that were members of the 2009 Penn State Solar Decathlon team, builders of a solar home

The video will be distributed by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers Education Foundation to over 4,000 Project Lead the Way Classrooms and after school programs across the country for National Engineers Week and beyond. See the video here. Click here for more information.

4. 2012 USA Science & Engineering Festival Opens Registration

Nationwide contests and school programs throughout 2011 will culminate with a Finale Expo in the Spring of 2012 in Washington, DC. Exact dates and locations are still being determined, but you are invited to join in the nation’s largest celebration of science NOW by applying to host an exhibit or perform at the next Finale Expo!

Certain enhancements are being made to further improve the 2nd Finale Expo, including holding the Expo in the Spring (instead of the Fall like last year) to increase school participation and to encourage attendance by tourists visiting the area. The Expo will also expand from 2 to 3 days to include a “Sneak Peek Friday,” allowing students from under-served schools and U.S. Government representatives from the House, Senate, White House and government agencies to visit the event in advance.

In addition, the entire Expo will be held in one contiguous venue in Washington, DC to further enhance logistics and accessibility to all activities.

Apply to host an exhibit or to perform by contacting Laura Raymond

5. See the USA the Way

Remember to send your recommendations for additions to to, 703-684-2891, or fill out this form and email it to us.

6. Local Events

Share news of your local events on the EWEEK forum, recently updated. Is there a family-friendly, hands-on engineering activity in your area? Add it to, the go-to place for engineering outreach.

Sacramento, California
Engineers Day in NE Sacramento invites the public to a day of FREE hands-on activities. Fun for all ages, on Saturday, February 26, 2011, 10 AM to 7 PM, inside Sunrise Mall (near Macy’s Mens), 6041 Sunrise Blvd, Citrus Heights, CA.

Silverdale, Washington
The Lockheed Martin women at their Silverdale facility will present a hands-on exhibit in a local career day event called Girls Exploring Math and Science (GEMS) on March 19, 2011.

Danville, Virginia
The Danville Science Center plans a general public program for Saturday, February 26 in honor of Engineers Week, with challenge stations to create and design “solutions.” Also featured is a backdrop of a traveling exhibit on engineering, Tech City. Future plans include programs for GIS Day and Nano Days to spotlight other subsets of science and engineering.

Little Silver, New Jersey
Red Bank Regional High School plans its annual technology competitions during National Engineers Week, with local engineers as judges.

Boston, Massachusetts
Nitsch Engineering is starting to make plans for their annual Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day. This year’s theme is robotic engineering.
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The National Engineers Week Foundation coalition comprises more than 75 engineering, professional, and technical societies and more than 50 corporations and government agencies. The coalition is dedicated to sustaining and growing a dynamic engineering profession by ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce, increasing understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers among young students, and promoting pre-college literacy in math and science. Among the oldest of America’s professional outreach efforts, the coalition also raises public understanding and appreciation of engineering contributions to society through year-round innovative programming and celebration.