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Engineer for the Week Fall Sprint is now open for registration!

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Engineer for the Week Fall Sprint is now open for registration!

Are you an afterschool practitioner looking for high-quality, cost-free curriculum to help your students develop computer science skills and explore engineering? Do you believe all students should have access to high-quality, cost-free programming where they can develop computer science skills and explore engineering? If so, then Engineer for the Week (EFTW) is for you!

WHAT IS EFTW?

Started in 2018, EFTW is a national, afterschool STEM program that introduces students (ages 11-18) to engineering. Over the course of 15 hours, students work alongside adult facilitators to build tech prototypes that address a social issue of their choice. Upon completing the program, students explore engineering, develop computer science skills, and gain awareness of different career paths.

Programs that participate through the Afterschool Alliance may qualify for a $1000 facilitator stipend upon their students’ submission of an EFTW Project.

BECOME AN EFTW FACILITATOR!

EFTW is led by facilitators who are ages 18+ from any background or field. Designed to be delivered in-person or virtually, EFTW facilitators do not need any prior technical experience. Our facilitators come from diverse backgrounds: some are afterschool leaders, in-school educators, nonprofit leaders, or community center coordinators.

HEAR FROM FORMER FACILITATORS!

“I know any computer science we do in afterschool will be the only formal coding exposure they get. But I also know my students are just as capable and interested in these subjects as students in any other school, and that afterschool is a perfect space for them to discover these kinds of interests and skills. Facebook’s Engineer for the Week program gave us the resources and support we needed to spark those moments of discovery. I was blown away by how much this program grew my students’ confidence and inspired them to see themselves as leaders.”

Andrea Bridges, The CARE Center, New Hope, Alabama

 

 “EFTW works beautifully for afterschool programs. The challenge it poses is to create a scenario that mirrors the daily routine of a software engineer in order to give students a real-world look into a potential career.”

Johanna Friedel, Afterschool Center of Education at Greenville ISD, Texas

 

“Watching the students work on this project was incredibly inspiring. It reminded me how very passionate, focused and motivated they are around social issues they and their peers face. At the end of the day, the students were able to feel ownership of the topics they chose, which led to some very engaging dialogue prior to actually building the chatbot. I was blown away by the speed with which they were able to comprehend complex computer algorithms and then optimize them.”

Gwynette Williams, Collective for Youth, Omaha, Nebraska

 

Register your program today!

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