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Waterloo –through collaboration with the University of Waterloo and FIRST Robotics, the Grand River Chapter PEO headed out to the FIRST Robotics Regionals on March 20, 2015 to talk to the many high school competitors about the profession of engineering while at the same time, celebrate National Engineering Month (NEM).

Most students were unaware that it was NEM so it was it was an opportune time to get the message out about what the profession is, how it protects the public, the need for innovation and that people from diverse set of backgrounds form the profession. 

With around 400 attending the FIRST Robotics social, two PEO volunteers spent their evening talking about what engineers do and the future path to become one. Some were in grade 12 and had already submitted their applications to engineering programs – they were eagerly awaiting acceptance results.  But many of the younger students who had yet to make up their minds on their future careers had many questions. With the number of interested students, the two volunteers were quickly overwhelmed. 

It was impressive seeing the high school students come in their groups which were around 20 to 40 strong.  All had excellent team sprit, dressed in team uniforms and some even going that extra step as you can see with the haircuts.

Submitted by K. Yajima, P.Eng. and R. McIntyre, EIT

 

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PEO Grand River Chapter was privileged to participate in the 2015 Waterloo-Wellington Science & Engineering Fair held at Bingeman’s, Kitchener on April 7, 2015. The Fair is an annual event that brings together the best of the young scientific minds of the region. WWSEF is open to Senior Elementary and High School students from Waterloo Region, Wellington County, and Upper Grand District School Board. Grade 7 to 12 home-schooled or students from schools that do not run science fair programs were also invited as individual entries. The WWSEF is supported by the members of the community who encourage the development of our youth along scientific paths.

 

Approximately 220 projects involving over 300 students from about 30 different public, separate and independent schools in Waterloo Region, The Upper Grand District School Board, and Wellington County. The projects were placed into one of five Divisions – Biotechnology, Earth Science, Engineering Science, Life Science, or Physical Science. Within each of these Divisions the projects were further divided into one of three Categories, according to the grades of the participants – Junior (grades 7 and 8), Intermediate (grades 9 and 10) or Senior (grades 11, and 12). The projects and students were judged according to a national standard by over 120 judges from local schools, universities, colleges, businesses and industries volunteer.

 

About 70 students from different levels dropped by the Chapter’s booth and they were happy to receive a copy of a PEO booklet written for engineers-to-be and they enjoyed making their fancy buttons using Badge Button Maker Machine. Grand River Chapter of PEO attended to greet the visitors and provide insight into what needed to have the P.Eng. designation as a highest standards of engineering knowledge, experience and professionalism in the country. Additionally, tips and guidance were provided to students at different levels to help explore information regarding the current practice of professional engineering.

 

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Tuesday, 10 March 2015 18:38

May Executive Meeting 2015

The next Exectuive Meeting is on May11th at 6:00 pm.

Please contact Matt Irvine, chair@grandriverpeo.ca, for additional information.

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