Celebrating Engineers

Every month I team up with U.S. Cellular and share a little about my Samsung Galaxy S6 Smart Phone.  This is one of those posts.  If you have a kid or grandkid with a smart phone you might want to check out this parent child agreement on cell phone use.   You can find that here.

When my boys were little and the Legos were strewn across the floor, I always wondered if one of them could end up being an engineer.  Karl was the one with the most promise.  The two would built amazing crafts with wings and doors that would open and close.  I was always in awe….(until I stepped on a Lego).

I thought it was really neat when I heard that it is the 65th Anniversary of National Engineers Week and that U.S. Cellular is working to help increase understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers by holding “Ask an Engineer” sessions at Boys and Girls Clubs throughout the country.

The goal of U.S. Cellular’s “Ask an Engineer” sessions are to bring engineering to life for kids and show them the different career paths that are available with a technical or engineering education.

Amazingly for me, it wasn’t the boys that took me to looking into an engineering school.  It was our daughter Kayla.  At one point she considered going to an engineering college in Milwaukee.  Twice we made the trip.  I was completely in awe when we went to visit the college.  All sorts of engineering paths were shown to us.  I think the one that most intrigued me was the medical field.  Of course I knew there were simulation manikins but I had never thought in through to realize that for some people, designing these manikins was their job.  I learned so much on that college visit.

U.S. Cellular wants to motivate youth to explore career opportunities in engineering and to encourage a more diverse engineering workforce in the future.

These sessions will give attendees a hands-on look at how U.S. Cellular’s network operates and provide youth with information on career opportunities in engineering.

U.S. Cellular is providing this opportunity so that children and teens can have a behind-the-scenes look at how a cellular network operates and understand how engineering and technology is present in everyday activities.  I think this is so cool.  If I as an adult didn’t think about all the different types of engineering there were, how could kids?

Without engineers and the technology they build, U.S. Cellular would not be able to provide its customers with national coverage and a high-quality network that works wherever they want to go.

For youth or parents interested in learning more information about career opportunities in engineering, we recommend visiting the official National Engineers Week website at DiscoverE.org.


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