Parks College Celebrates National Engineers Week
February 15, 2013
Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Parks College News
Next week, Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology will celebrate National Engineers Week with activities ranging various social gatherings to networking events to a full day dedicated to introducing girls to engineering explaining how today’s engineers are changing the world.
The celebration of Engineers Week (often referred to as “E-Week”) began in 1951 by the National Society of Professional Engineers in conjunction with President George Washington’s birthday (President Washington is considered by many to be the nation’s first engineer). 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 week will wrap up with the annual Billiken B.E.A.M.S. event on Saturday, February 23 at the Chesterfield Mall. The Billiken BEAMS Competition is a group based project opportunity in which students use their innovation to build a structure and then compete against other groups throughout the Saint Louis area. This year’s challenge is “A Bridge to Civil Engineering” in which student groups construct a supported road based bridge out of balsa wood.