Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Why National Engineers Week Matters

It's National Engineers Week. This year's Honorary Chair is William H. Swanson, Raytheon Chairman and CEO.  The Raytheon video for National Engineers Week honors engineering innovation and also highlights the MathMovesU project.  The Raytheon website has lots more info about what they're doing this week and about MathMovesU. Check it out here. The week also includes the national Future City Competition.

This week also kicks off the national Real World Design Challenge. The team from Newburyport, with support from my favorite historic airport, won the Massachusetts state title last year and went to Washington for the finals. These kids do real engineering, in teams, to solve real problems.

Encouraging kids, boys and girls alike, to look at engineer as a cool and rewarding career path is one of the best things we can do to spur innovation. The kids participating in the Future City Competition and the Real World Design Challenge today are innovators  who are going to be boosting the economy soon. We should pay more attention to them.

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