Mission and History

DiscoverE: Celebrating 30 Years of Engineering Community

30 years ago, DiscoverE was the first organization to recognize the need for engineering outreach when it called on engineers around the U.S. to work with young students for Engineers Week 1990. Since then tens of thousands of engineers in our community have participated as role models and provided hands-on engineering experiences to millions of students.

Our dual mission of celebrating the accomplishments of engineers and engaging K-12 students in engineering is made real by a robust coalition of activist partner organizations, volunteers, and educators.

It's Working, Yet More Needs To Be Done

  • 84% of DiscoverE educators and 88% of volunteers report meeting a STEM professional helps students learn about engineering careers.

  • 74% of educators report that their students do not have many opportunities to meet an engineer or technical professional.

We challenge you to help us reach every child and provide an engineering experience.


Who Are We

DiscoverE is the backbone organization behind National Engineers Week™ (established 1951), Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day™ (2001), World Engineering Day (2016, formerly known as Global Day of the Engineer), the Global Marathon (2005), and the Future City Competition™ (1993). Our programs and resources have been adopted and adapted by individuals and organizations around the globe.

Our programs and special campaigns cover pre-k to work force and intersect at the points of corporate social responsibility, public affairs, and talent acquisition. They are highly collaborative, represent the breadth of engineering, and are compelling yet simple to execute. This strategy enables organizational partners, volunteers, and educators to effectively reach millions of students, parents, and young adults with the message that engineers work with smart, inspiring people to invent, design, and create things that matter.  

The DiscoverE Coalition: None of Us Is as Strong as All of Us

DiscoverE works with our coalition partners to continually: 

  • Grow and support volunteer and educator engagement so we reach more students, parents, and the general public. 

  • Increase the number of coalition partners and strengthen existing relationships to leverage impact.

  • Drive and amplify conversations internally and externally about engineering education and work force development.

What Others Say About Us 

84% of educators and volunteers say our resources and programs are essential to their efforts to engage students in engineering. 

"I have been participating in DiscoverE’s Engineers Week for many years. Recently, a new hire told me he participated in Engineers Week and it sparked his interest in engineering.  Today, he’s successful, mechanical engineer giving back to DiscoverE by volunteering. It gives me great satisfaction to know that the time and effort we are putting into this program is making a difference."

- Sharon Spaudling, IBM, Poughkeepsie, NY


National Engineers Week Foundation is a registered 501(c)3 organization (doing business as DiscoverE). 

Statistics quoted come from the annual DiscoverE participant survey.