Tulsa Engineering Foundation is a foundation of engineering societies and universities/colleges, formed to assist in coordinating activities and services for the member societies and to promote science, math and engineering in the community.  It is a not-for-profit charitable organization, with the mission of serving the engineering profession and offering career guidance activities to our youth. Currently twenty engineering/technical organizations are members as well as seven universities and colleges.  Link to Member Organizations. Check the calendar for member society meetings and events.  Most are open to the public.

Tulsa Mini Maker Faire - August 27, 2016; Central Park Hall on the Tulsa Fairgrounds. Fab Lab Tulsa is organizing our fourth annual Tulsa Mini Maker Faire this year to showcase a wide variety of local crafters, inventors, and artists as well as organizations like those of the Tulsa Engineering Foundation that support STEM education.

They are interested in bringing new exhibits and talent to the fair every year and are currently accepting applications from individuals and organizations that wish to exhibit their projects and/or programs at the fair with our online Call for Makers form.  We see 2000-3000 visitors during the one day fair and it is heavily attended by families. All of the professional engineering societies are invited to exhibit at the fair to share information about their organizations as well as showcase youth programming and activities they support.

Link to the Call for Makers Application.  There is no exhibit fee for non-commercial exhibitors. Dan Moran, Lab Manager, Hardesty Center for Fab Lab Tulsa, 918.779.6025, www.fablabtulsa.com

Tulsa Engineering Challenge - TECh was held March 4, 2016 at the Tulsa Tech – Riverside Campus, Jenks.  TECh is as a hands-on event where students in grades 4th – 12th compete in activities such as Toothpick Bridge, Rubber-Band Powered Vehicle, Ping-Pong Ball Launcher, Robot, Wacky Wonder Works, Electric Motor, Chemical Switch, and more.  Over 1,100 students from schools across the Tulsa region attended.  Over 80 volunteers helped with the judging of the 14 competitions.  Results are posted under the Tulsa Eng’g Challenge menu item – 2016 Results.  Congratulations to all who participated.

Is There an Engineer Inside You?: A Comprehensive Guide to Career Decisions in Engineering now available free on the TEF SWE webpage.  Click here for the link. Award winning author Celeste Baine wrote it after she earned her Biomedical Engineering degree.  It is everything she wished she knew before she went to college. The latest edition covers 43 different types of engineering and engineering technology, how to succeed in engineering school, women and minorities in engineering, engineering careers that make you say “wow!, salary information and more.

Updated Engineering Definition – “Engineers are changing the world all of the time. They dream up creative, practical solutions and work with other smart, inspiring people to invent, design, and create things that matter.”

Effective ways to talk about engineering:
  • Change what you say about Engineering. Talk about the rewarding, creative aspects of engineering, how you collaborate with other smart and interesting people, and how the work you do makes a difference in this world. Use words like design or create (vs build). Also use words like: collaborate, innovation, financially secure, imagination, contribution.
  • Change the images you use to promote Engineering.  Update the fliers to include people. Test your marketing materials with your target group prior to release.
  • Change how we teach Engineering. Put Engineering in context early in the curriculum and in outreach activities.
  • Train others about the updated messaging. Inform your public relations, marketing, and recruiting departments within your company and volunteer activities. Train all volunteers prior to a major K-16 outreach activity.
  • Update your bio with the updated messaging. Use proven marketing-tested tag lines in your e-mail signature.
  • Join the Changing the Conversation community. “Like” facebook.com/engineersCTC and stay up to date with how others are implementing the new messaging.
  • Show your support, “Like” facebook.com/EngineerPledge

Top messaging and tag lines proven effective to explain “What is Engineering”:  link to TGC

  • Engineers make a world of difference
  • Engineers are creative problem solvers
  • Engineering is essential to our health, happiness and safety
  • Engineers help shape the future
  • TAGLINE: Turing ideas into reality
  • TAGLINE: Because dreams need doing
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