E2: Engineering is Everywhere was formed after engineering professor Dr. Tyler Ley noticed a problem. The demand for creative problem solvers, including engineers, was increasing, and engineering companies were reporting a shortage of qualified engineers.
He learned that young people typically decide by 6th grade if they are interested in a career in math and science. Expectations for STEM were growing, while resources for teachers seemed to be decreasing. He wondered how many students might have the aptitude and interest in engineering, but might not have had the right exposure to it at a critical point in their education?
Dr. Ley started speaking in elementary classrooms and working with teachers, and then he started an after school program with the help of education professors. Through all of this they learned how to inspire students early in their education so that they would know that engineering is an option for them. They also realized how to support teachers by providing fun and engaging lessons that introduce engineering through required math and science topics. E2: Engineering is Everywhere became Dr. Ley's solution: his goal is to inspire and support teachers and students grades 4-6 as they learn what engineering is, what engineers do, and how different types of engineers work together to solve problems.