EPS Community Involvement: EngSpire to Motivate the Engineers of Tomorrow
A commitment to having 30% of newly licensed engineers be women by 2030. This got the EPS team excited – especially the ladies! While the majority of our team are currently men, the female engineers who work here are an integral part of who we are and are pivotal to how we do business.
Engineers Canada Featured Content enlightened the EPS core team on some surprising facts about engineering in Canada. While women make up more than half of the Canadian population, only 12% of engineers are actually women. After learning about this startling reality, EPS decided to start its own initiative to aid in this awesome goal of boosting women.
The core team at EPS decided to dedicate its CSR arm to mobilizing the children of today to become the engineers of tomorrow. But how?
Teaching primary and middle school students about the possibilities of engineering is now something near and dear to the EPS value system. Each month, with the help of Engineering Students Society (ESSCO), we plan send out our bright female (and male!) engineers to teach students about the wonderful world of engineering through interactive learn and play.
EPS set its first initiative at Poplar Road Public School with some incredible Grade 2 students on Tuesday June 23 2015.
The results were awesome. After teaching a motivated group of aspiring engineers, certain quotes came to mind when reflecting on the experience.
Check out these three key quotes for a little of your own career inspiration!
“When I do good, I feel good.” – Abraham Lincoln
The EPS team realized going out and teaching not only mobilized the students but also our employees. Working towards a common goal of making the engineering profession bigger and better than it is today not only gets the kids excited but us excited too!
“To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.” – Tony Robbins
Fostering understanding of what engineers do and what they can do for the community is paramount to the EPS CSR initiative. Students learn about the unexpected simple machines engineers are behind building – from visiting your favourite coffee shop to opening a cupboard door – engineering encompasses a wide range of materials and processes used in every day life.
“All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” – Pablo Picasso
Who said engineering isn’t artistic! For young children, instilling the boundless possibilities becoming an engineer allows them to make more targeted later life decisions like university and program choice.
EPS community involvement initiatives including EngSpire are committed to pushing EPS Values of Loyalty and Commitment, Safety and Quality, Respect and Teamwork.
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