The USPTO annually commemorates National Engineers Week (e-week) by hosting a full day event for students in the DMV area.
Every year, the USPTO's Office of Equal Employment Opportunity & Diversity (OEEOD), Office of Education & Outreach (OEO), the Affinity Groups, and the Patent and Trademark Society (PTOS), all work together in hosting local students in a day-long hands-on program at the USPTO Headquarters (Alexandria Campus).
The participating students form teams and work together on an "Engineering" related project. In previous years, students have worked on things like: Green Technology/Energy, Robot Building, 3D Printing, and Game Design. This event serves to encourage and motivate students to become the next generation of engineering professionals.
USPTO Past Events:
- In 2010, the USPTO Chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) spearheaded the first E-Week celebration. Dr. James West of Johns Hopkins University keynoted the event, which also included a paper airplane competition.
- In 2011, students from T.C. Williams High School attended the event. The theme was “Green Technology” where students built model houses, with working solar panels, to create a “Green City.”
- In 2012, students from Eastern HS & Minni Howard HS attended the event. The theme was Robotic technology and the students built model robots using Lego Mind Storm kits. These robots were programmed to “Race to the PTO.”
- In 2013, students from National Collegiate Prep attended the event. The theme was 3-D printing technology.
- In 2015, AMACA sponsored a few students to attend the event. The theme was building aerodynamic CO2 powered cars.
- In 2016, AMACA sponsored Washington International Academy's Middle School to attend the event. The theme was disaster recovery, oil-water separation experimenting and considering the impacts of oil-spills.
- In 2017, AMACA sponsored Fatih Acadmey 8th grade to attend the event (TC WIlliams HS also attended). The theme was designing a hybrid computer and hands-on board game using Raspberry Pi's.
- In 2018, AMACA sponsored Fatih Academy 8th grade to attend the event (Friendship Public Charter School also attended). The theme was building solar cities.
What is e-week?
In 1951, the National Society of Professional Engineers started Engineers Week (E-Week) to call attention to the positive contributions engineers make to society. DiscoverE, the national organizer of E-Week, has since carried on that tradition. DiscoverE is a formal coalition of more than 100 professional societies, major corporations and government agencies, dedicated to ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce. They do this by increasing understanding of, and interest in, engineering and technology careers among young students, and by promoting pre-college literacy in math and science.
Engineers Week 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