NCEES engages the public—including children, parents and teachers, engineering and surveying college students, and educators—to inspire the future generations of professional engineers and surveyors. Outreach initiatives focus on promoting engineering and surveying as a career and promoting the rights and responsibilities of licensure.
Inspiring young minds
An integral part of NCEES efforts to engage with K–12 students was the organization’s continued support of DiscoverE Engineers Week, which is held the third week of February to celebrate how engineers make difference in our world. Working with DiscoverE allowed NCEES to promote the importance of licensure to a larger audience.
- NCEES sponsored the best Land Surveying Practices special award for the Future City Competition. Future City challenges middle-school teams, with guidance from teachers and engineering mentors, to design a city 150 years in the future. This is the fourth year for the regional competitions and 13th year for national. Through these awards, 2,200 Future City teams—which included 40,000 students—learned how surveying is critical to their communities now and in the future.
- At the DiscoverE Family Event in Washington, D.C., NCEES members, volunteers, and staff shared their enthusiasm for engineering and surveying with two interactive activities. Children put their compasses to good use and walked in the footsteps of real surveyors in X Marks the Spot. They also rolled up their sleeves and learned about the engineering process in Flinker. This event, celebrating its 24th year, attracted 8,200 children, parents, teachers, and community groups.
- NCEES was the primary sponsor of New Faces of Engineering—College Edition. NCEES has been the sponsor since it began in 2013. College Edition recognizes the best and brightest engineering students whose academic successes and experiences have positioned them to make an impact. College Edition maintains a year-round community on Facebook to share information on scholarship opportunities, events, NCEES exams, internships, jobs, and competitions.