Gear up for Engineering Week!

February 7, 2017

Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow last week, which means six more weeks of winter. Also, Job Shadow week is underway and you weren’t able to participate… but don’t despair! The promise of spring is just around the corner. In addition, Engineering Week (February 19-25) is just a couple weeks away. You have another chance to participate and give curious students a great workplace experience!

MHTA invites you to provide young people with the chance to learn more about the opportunities available in the high-tech fields. The need for more students to pursue STEM in post-secondary studies is vital to our state’s economic and social health.

You can help and there are lots of ways to contribute:

Make an OFFER on getSTEM – We have a bunch of companies and individuals who are offering to engage students in explorations of engineering on getSTEM. Check out these OFFERs and consider what you could provide!

Reply to an ASK on getSTEM – We also have some educators who are looking for volunteers for a variety of engineering projects. Check out these ASKs!

Become a STEM Ambassador on getSTEM – We have a number of volunteers who are willing to come to classrooms and talk about engineering or volunteer in other ways around engineering. Check out these STEM Ambassadors!

Host a Tech Experience Tour – We provide a unique event for students interested in learning more about engineering careers and the high tech business world. Arrange to have students come to your workplace, get a tour of the facility, and meet some of the different people in your STEM workforce.

There are other ways to provide a workplace experience for students of all ages:

Job Shadows: If you were not able to get connected with students interested in a job shadow this week, you can still offer to do so during Engineering Week.

Informational Interviews: Take some time to sit down and answer questions about your career path, your educational background, and what inspired you to get into engineering.

You can be involved as much as your schedule will allow. If you cannot participate during Engineering Week, that’s okay. Educators are looking for help throughout the year. The best strategy is to either use getSTEM or contact your local school or college.

Need more help or have any questions? Contact Tim Barrett for more information or assistance. Check out getSTEM and the STEM Ambassadors or the Tech Experience Tours as another way to give back!

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