EIR Programs – A Guide
Engineer-in-Residence has a series of programs and initiatives designed to engage as many children and students as possible in the excitement of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Learning.
Engineer-in-Residence is the heart of what we do. The EIR program matches a volunteer engineer with an elementary or high school in their area for the entire school year. Working with teachers in the school, the EIR plans a series of school visits in which the engineer can engage with students in a number of ways ranging from presentations to hands-on experiments, from research projects to field trips. These activities are curriculum-linked and are designed to get students excited about STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects, and to give a much needed real-world connection to classroom theory.
The PenPal Engineer approach is a variation of our core program. Engineers go in for an initial school visit, and then correspond throughout the year with school via email. They finish the year with a final school visit in the spring.
Museum and Science Centre Outreach Program
The EIR program occasionally partners with museums and science centres to run exciting day-long events full of hands-on activities and demonstrations for children and their families.
Bridging Worlds: An Engineering Education Challenge
The University Project
Our most recent undertaking matches undergraduate engineers with teacher candidates in order to spend the year developing innovative and creative hands-on STEM activities.