Family Engineering Night in the works

MANISTIQUE – Emerald Elementary School in Manistique and Northwoods Math and Science Center will host a Family Engineering event from 6 until 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 13, at Emerald Elementary School Gym.

Elementary students in grades K-5 and their parents are invited to participate in fun, hands-on activities to learn about engineering. A variety of activities will be offered.

Families will participate in several short activities related to a variety of engineering fields. The activities will be focused on how science, technology, engineering, and math are interrelated with everyday life.

“Engineering is fun, it helps people with problem-solving, and anyone can be an engineer!” is the message of the Family Engineering Program, explains Vic Bugni, director of Northwoods Math and Science Center. “We hope all of Emerald’s students and their parents will attend this event. There are so many opportunities in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields. It’s important that parents and their children understand the ways in which engineering and STEM contribute to our daily lives.”

These activities are a great way to introduce students and parents to the exciting world of engineering! Family Engineering provides a wonderful opportunity for parents and their children to spend a fun evening learning together – and it’s free.

This family engineering event at Emerald Elementary in Manistique is sponsored by the Northwoods Math & Science Center, Michigan Math & Science Centers Network, Michigan STEM Partnership, and Michigan Technological University, with funding from the National Defense Education Program and Square One Education Network. To learn more about Family Engineering, visit:

The Michigan Mathematics and Science Center Network consists of 33 regional centers. These centers provide leadership, curriculum support, professional development, and student services for local school districts. The centers also serve as a resource clearinghouse for educational materials and information, and work to foster community involvement in the areas of mathematics and science.

The goal of the Family Engineering program is to engage, inspire, and encourage elementary students to learn about and consider careers in engineering and science through hands-on activities with their parents at Family Engineering events. This program is designed to address the United States’ need for an increased number and greater diversity of students skilled in math, science, technology, and engineering. The Family Engineering program for 6-12 year-olds and their parents is modeled after the popular Family Science and Family Math programs begun in the 1980’s and 1990’s that have spread around the world. Family Engineering increases public understanding and appreciation of the role engineering plays in everyday life and raises awareness of the many career opportunities in engineering.

Program evaluations confirm that the Family Engineering activities are fun and engaging and that children and their parents experience significant increases in their interest in and awareness of engineering in their everyday lives as a result of the program. Parents also report an increase in their willingness to consider engineering as a possible career option for their children.