March 1, 2019, marks the start of Canada’s annual celebration of engineering. The next 31 days will see engineers from across the country reaching out to young Canadians to demonstrate how exciting and fun the world of engineering can be.
“National Engineering Month is our opportunity as a profession to spark an interest in the next generation of engineers; to demonstrate to young Canadians how their interests and the world of engineering can intersect,” says Engineers Canada President Annette Bergeron. “I’d encourage every young Canadian and their parents to attend one of the many National Engineering Month events, seek out an engineer, or visit ExploreEngineering.ca to learn more about our great profession.
“They’ll soon learn that with the wide range of engineering disciplines, there is a place for everyone in engineering.”
National Engineering Month celebrations highlight the many different types of engineering, and the endless possibilities that an engineering education can present. In some provinces and territories, geoscientists join the celebrations as National Engineering and Geoscience Month.
How you can join the celebration
Organized by the provincial and territorial engineering regulators, and with the support of countless volunteers, over 500 events will take place throughout March from coast to coast to coast for young Canadians to learn about the exciting, fun, and rewarding world of engineering. These include, for example, design competitions, robotics demonstrations, and science and engineering fairs that will teach young Canadians how to use math, science, technology, and creativity to generate things that were once only in their imaginations. Find events happening in your area here.
ExploreEngineering.ca is also a great place for students and youth to explore the different types of engineering. The site’s interactive “Chart Your Course” feature allows visitors to discover which types of engineering may appeal to their interests most. The site also profiles everyday engineers, real engineers from different disciplines sharing the story of their careers.
Youth, students, parents, teachers, engineers and any interested individuals can also join the celebrations online by following the provincial engineering regulators and Engineers Canada on social media (Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn) and using the hashtags #NEM2019 and #NEGM2019.