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
PenPal Engineer
Museum and Science Centre Outreach
Bridging Worlds: An Engineering Education Challenge

 


Engineer-in-Residence

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.

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PenPal Engineer

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.

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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.

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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.

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