Guam – The University of Guam Endowment Foundation, GHD Inc. and engineers from other companies and agencies will collaborate and visit Guam middle, junior and senior high school classrooms during National Engineers Week, February 18-22.
The National Engineers Week, or E-Week, is a national effort led by the National Society of Professional Engineers, and the outreach effort is part of the 14th annual Discover “E” campaign, sponsored by members of the engineering profession. During E-Week, over 40,000 engineers throughout the U.S. will reach more than five million students and teachers. Their goal is to help bring practical applications of math, science, and technology to the classroom and increase student interest in those subjects.
GHD is donating $60,000 to UOG’s 60th Anniversary five-year capital campaign, becoming one of UOG’s “21st-Century Industry Leaders.” Their support will help University of Guam develop a School of Engineering and promote the engineering practice in Guam and the surrounding region.
According to Paul Baron of GHD, “The fundraising campaign will benefit University of Guam students desiring to pursue a major in engineering or other technically-related fields. The local engineering community will have competent engineers and engineering technician graduates available to them, and this development will provide a better understanding of the engineering field and its positive impacts on the island to the local community.”
Baron added that “E-Week activities are just one facet of the program partnership that will include additional activities throughout the next 60 months.” These activities include a Pre-College Outreach Program which increases awareness, understanding and interest in engineering among
students; Career Day forums, Zoom Into Engineering, Big, West Point Bridge Design Contest and middle and high school presentations with handouts and similar activities.
GHD and UOG will be visiting schools in Guam during the week of February 18-22, and they currently have up to 20 time slots available for interested middle, junior high and high schools. The visits will include information on the different types of engineering, what it takes to get an engineering degree, and the UOG School of Engineering. In addition, GHD and UOG will be sponsoring a pasta bridge-building competition for any private or public high school that may be interested, ending with an island-wide competition for the winners of each school’s competition that will be held at UOG during the Charter Day celebrations in March. GHD is also asking for any interested engineers to contact them if interested in participating in the program.
Interested schools or engineer volunteers to help with the program can contact UOG Endowment Foundation at 735-2955 or Kina Taitano with GHD at 472-6792 to arrange a visit or help volunteer.