In past years, only an awards dinner was held, but the committee decided to expand the goals of what Engineers Week is all about, Ms. Droptini said.
Local Engineers Week festivities will include events for elementary, middle and high school students, she said, adding that there is something for all ages.
“We encourage people to come out and learn what we do,” she said.
The Engineering and Science Societies of East Texas, along with The University of Texas at Tyler, will host the 50th annual joint celebration of Engineers Week.
“CANstruction” has been under way at Broadway Square Mall. Local engineers, architects and students displayed their artwork constructed from canned goods from Feb. 11 through Thursday. The event was founded in 1992 but is the first time it has been shown locally. The public was invited to cast its vote for best design and all of the canned food used will go to the East Texas Food Bank.
Engineers Week will kick off with an after business hours opening ceremony and reception Monday at UT Tyler, where Mayor Barbara Bass will present a city proclamation declaring Engineers Week. The social hour will include entertainment from the UT Tyler Jazz Ensemble.
On Monday and Tuesday, a Professional Development Seminar will be held at UT Tyler. Professionals are invited to attend courses that will include technical, ethical, and professional growth presentations that qualify as PDH credits for maintaining a professional engineer license. Registration is available at www.tinyurl.com/eteweek.
Local middle and high school students are invited to participate in tours and interactive laboratory activities demonstrating the roles of various engineering disciplines. The event will be led by engineering faculty, students and professionals and will be hosted at UT Tyler and LeTourneau University in Longview. Visit the event website for more details and to register.
Ms. Droptini said while the week's events are open to the public, the Thursday awards dinner will be geared more toward people in the engineering field and those interested in getting into it.
The UT Tyler Ingenuity Center and Discovery Science Place will introduce elementary students to engineering concepts and careers through hands-on activities. The program will be held at the Discovery Science Place on Saturday.
All proceeds raised through these events will go toward providing local scholarships to students interested in pursuing an engineering or science degree.
The committee that organized the local festivities includes about a dozen people, Ms. Droptini said. It has representatives from The University of Texas at Tyler and LeTourneau University, as well as several engineering organizations. They include local chapters of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Society of Petroleum Engineers, Texas Society of Professional Engineers and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers.
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