Engineers Week–the only event of its kind–is a time to:

  • Celebrate how engineers make a difference in our world
  • Increase public dialogue about the need for engineers
  • Bring engineering to life for kids, educators, and parents

More than a week-long event, Engineers Week is a year-round commitment to making a difference.  This year’s theme is Engineers Week: Inspiring Wonder. Celebrate. Volunteer. Connect.

The Greater Austin STEM Ecosystem is collaborating with organizations to amplify community events throughout the week of February 17-23, 2019, and engineering education efforts across the community. Nationally, efforts are amplified by DiscoverE (formerly the National Engineers Week Foundation). Use #AustinSTEM #EWeek2019 in all your social media posts and let’s showcase the great things going on across Central Texas!

Wednesday, February 13, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Homeschool Day – Be an Engineer
Hosted by Science Mill
101 South Lady Bird Lane, Johnson City

Hands-on Activity stations run continuously.

Strawbees Creations: Use the Strawbees system to engineer your own creation. These amazingly simple tools promote curiosity and encourage playful learning. What will you dream up? A pet, a dinosaur, a helpful machine or something that’s never before been seen?

Make a Mountain Rescue Litter: Litters are used for rescues in hard to reach places, like mountainous terrain. Be a biomedical engineer when you design and build your own mountain rescue litter to evacuate an injured potato person from the backcountry! Consider principles of weight, stability, portability and ease of assembly when you create your litter.

Mystery Bag Challenge: Grab a mystery bag and make a Pom Pom Launcher! Everyone gets a bag of materials that can be used to manufacture a working launching system. Get creative with your materials to see what you can engineer!

February 15 – February 23
E-Week 2019 at UT Austin

E-Week is the Cockrell School of Engineering’s celebration of National Engineers’ Week. SEC hosts this week of friendly competition between the engineering student organizations, including the Dr. Ramshorn pageant and a closing banquet. E-Week events themselves are hosted by different student organizations and bring engineering students together in friendly competition. Popular events include: So You Think Engineers Can Dance?, E-Week Kick-Off, and Puzzleception to name a few.

Saturday, February 16, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Engineering Day at Thinkery!
1830 Simond Ave, Austin, TX 78723

Engineering Day Scheduled Activities:
• Think Labs will be happening until 3 p.m.
• Catapults will begin at 3 pm, following Think Labs. Ready, Set, Launch! 
• Hoop Gliders – Design a glider that flies the longest distance possible.
• Use wooden blocks to build an arch. How might you get it to balance on its own?
• Design and build an obstacle course in using Snug Play. These pieces challenge children to use their imaginations as they slide, turn and rearrange pieces.
• Stomp Rockets (weather permitting) – Join us in Spark Shop and Spark Yard to build and test your own paper Stomp Rocket.
• Making Connections- Use plastic straws and connectors to create and prototype a variety of inventions.
• Design with cardboard- Get creative with cardboard by using tools and tape to build a tower, make a puppet, or wearable headpiece.
• Join us for Storytime at 11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm. Storytime will be themed around engineers, inventions, and creators.
• Join other community guests celebrating with us, including UT’s Women in Engineering Program!

Saturday, February 16, 11:30 a.m – 2:30 p.m.
Aquaponics Greenhouse Grand Opening
Hosted by Science Mill
101 South Lady Bird Lane, Johnson City

February is a big month for the Mill! We are celebrating our 4th birthday and the grand opening of an exciting addition: our 1,000-square-foot Aquaponics Greenhouse. In this new experience, found only at the Science Mill, visitors will walk into a working aquaponics system where they can see how fish, plants and microbes work together to create healthy food. They will see how tilapia, prawns, koi and snapping turtles provide the food to grow fruit, vegetables and tropical plants in vertical growing tubes, floating rafts and in a giant living wall.

This unique ecosystem represents the technology, beauty, practicality and science for sustainable agriculture and healthy eating.

We are marking this momentous occasion with presentations, activities and games that highlight the intersection of technology and biology….with a little engineering mixed in for Engineers Week!

February 20 – 23
Austin Energy Regional Science Festival
Hosted by Austin Science Education Foundation
Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road, Austin

The Austin Energy Regional Science Festival is one of Texas’ largest regional science fairs with almost 3,000 students from 3rd through 12th grade. It encourages and rewards innovative student research and provides scientists, engineers and other professionals a chance to volunteer in the community.

Winning Junior/Senior Division projects advance to the Texas Science and Engineering Fair. Best of Fair Senior Division projects advance directly to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. Two high school and two middle school projects focusing on applied engineering, sustainable energy, or environmental engineering advance to the I-SWEEEP International Olympiad.

The Austin Energy Regional Science Festival is an Intel ISEF-affiliated science competition that is held at the Palmer Events Center during February of every year. Volunteers needed!

Thursday, February 21, 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Science Thursday at the Bullock Museum
Hosted by the Central Texas Discover Engineering and the Bullock Museum
1800 Congress Ave., Austin

On Science Thursdays, students can drop in and explore the Bullock Museum, see demonstrations, and participate in hands-on activities with STEM experts from Central Texas Discover Engineering. Science Thursdays are FREE for all groups who have pre-registered for a Bullock Museum field trip. Every Science Thursday is different, but all activities connect to content in the exhibits and films at the Museum

Thursday, February 21, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
ATX Student Startup Crawl
Hosted by Mouse
Begins at the Capital Factory, continues all over downtown Austin.

The ATX Student Startup Crawl is an experiential field trip for middle and high school students in the larger Austin metro area, to help them visualize their futures and introduce them to what careers are available in STEAM. We are working with companies across the spectrum, from Techstars to RetailMeNot to introduce students to opportunities in Austin. Student will visit some of the most innovative and diverse companies in downtown Austin. We’ll hear from founders, CEOs, entrepreneurs and all kinds of engineers, to learn about what it takes to work in the thriving field of technology in Austin.

Saturday, February 23, 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Girl Day at UT Austin
Hosted by the UT Austin Women in Engineering Program (UTWEP)
The University of Texas at Austin, 2501 Speedway, Austin

Girl Day at UT Austin, including Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day and the Girl Day STEM Festival is presented by Halliburton , Texas Instruments , BAE Systems and BASF is a free event for K-8 students held throughout the Cockrell School of Engineering complex on The University of Texas at Austin campus February 23, 2019 from 11:30 to 5 pm. Over 8,000 students are expected to participate in over 150 free-flowing hands-on activities and demonstrations hosted by volunteers, student organizations, corporate partners and community organizations. Students get the chance to explore engineering, science, math, and technology at their own pace throughout the event. Girls and boys are welcome! Registration is open and free.

Sunday, February 24, noon – 4 p.m.
Engineering Day with the Austin Branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers
Hosted by Science Mill
101 South Lady Bird Lane, Johnson City

What do engineers do all day? Come to the Science Mill on February 24 and find out!

Join volunteers from the Austin Branch of ASCE for a day of hands-on activities and fun! Explore engineering concepts when you build towers, bridges, flying machines and more.

Thanks to ASCE’s generous sponsorship, the first 100 visitors to the Science Mill will receive free admission!*

Past Engineers Week Amplifications