Fairfield Student Engineers Engage with Local Students to Celebrate Engineers Week

Fairfield Student Engineers Engage with Local Students to Celebrate Engineers Week

More than 140 local students attended the School of Engineering’s (SOE) Engineers Week event at the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk, Conn. in February.

Middle school, high school and some younger students from Bridgeport, Fairfield, Milford, Greenwich and other surrounding areas engaged in a full day of programming at the aquarium that was offered free of charge. The day of activities was the final community event in a weeklong series that Fairfield programmed for Discover E’s annual Engineers Week — which celebrates how engineers make a difference in our world, increases public dialogue about the need for engineers and brings engineering to life for kids, educators and parents.

The day began with a screening of Discover E’s engineering documentary Dream Big in the IMAX® theater. Students then participated in hands-on engineering workshops led by Fairfield students before ending with a tour of the aquarium.

Assistant Dean of the SOE Marcia Arambulo Rodriguez MOT ’15 helped organize the event and said the Maritime Aquarium day was a way to involve the community in engineering education and to encourage young people to enter into STEM careers.

Next year’s Engineers Week event will be exclusively for high school students and will include more Fairfield University student societies and different workshops.