Rockwell Collins Engineers Week Activities to Reach 5,000 Children Worldwide
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- February 13, 2013
Meeting an engineer can change your life. Just ask Martha Garcia-Wegener.
When Martha was six years old, her family immigrated to the United States from
Mexico. Eventually her family moved to Iowa, where they opened a restaurant.
One day, while working as a waitress at the restaurant, she waited on a man
who was an electrical engineer.
He asked her what she wanted to do after high school and Martha told him she
didn’t know, but that she really liked math and doing hands-on work. He told
her about his job as an electrical engineer and explained the differences
between all the other engineering disciplines. This conversation sparked her
interest in engineering.
Martha eventually pursued an engineering degree, and today, is a systems
engineer working at Rockwell Collins.
Now Martha and hundreds of other Rockwell Collins employees across the globe
participate in Engineers Week (EWeek) activities throughout the month of
February as a way to share their passion and inspire boys and girls to pursue
technical careers at Rockwell Collins and other high tech companies.
“Our hope is that our EWeek activities will inspire the engineers and
innovators of tomorrow,” said Nan Mattai, senior vice president of
Engineering & Technology at Rockwell Collins. “Our investment of time and
resources is a commitment to the workforce of tomorrow, for Rockwell Collins,
certainly, but also for the economic viability of the communities and
countries where we operate.”
Started in Rockwell Collins’ headquarters community of Cedar Rapids in 1991,
the company’s EWeek activities have expanded to its locations across the U.S.,
Brazil and India as a way to involve even more employees and to address the
growing need to develop a global workforce of engineers, scientists and
innovators. In 2013, it’s estimated that nearly 5,000 students will
participate in hands-on engineering activities facilitated by Rockwell
EWeek is part of Rockwell Collins’ Engineering Experiences educational
Click here to access a full list of activities, by date and location.
It all starts on Saturday, Feb. 16, with Rockwell Collins sponsoring a free
admission day at the Iowa Children’s Museum (www.theicm.org) in
Coralville.Children and adults alike can interact with engineers while taking
part in hands-on, aviation-related activities, and local FIRST^® LEGO^® League
and FIRST Tech Challenge teams will provide demonstrations from 10 a.m. to 2
The kid-friendly activities complement the museum’s "Take Flight! The Science
of Aviation" exhibit that features state-of-the-art flight simulators built
into child-sized airplanes, an air traffic control tower, hot air balloon,
pedal planes, Pig Parachutes and more.
“The hands-on experiences of this event introduce children to concepts that
are directly related to aviation, technology and business,” added Mattai. “Our
hope is that these activities will spark their interest in learning more about
Other events that will be hosted or supported by Rockwell Collins this year
*Feb. 15, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. – The Iowa Engineering Society (IES) Career
Guidance Event at the Hotel at Kirkwood Center. The event will feature an
opportunity to interact with Rockwell Collins engineers at its Roadshow
demonstration, as well as breakout sessions including Rockwell Collins
human resources and engineering representatives, display booths and
networking opportunities for high school students.
*Feb. 19 – “Introduce a Girl to Engineering.” Rockwell Collins will host
100 8^th-grade girls from area middle schools. Rockwell Collins volunteers
will give tours, presentations and equipment demonstrations to show the
girls engineering career possibilities. Since 2002, more the 1,000 girls
have participated in the program.
To download a photo of Introduce a Girl to Engineering, please click here.
Rockwell Collins teams with the following organizations to provide these
activities to the Cedar Rapids-Iowa City Corridor: Cedar Rapids Chapter Iowa
Engineering Society, Heartland International Council on Systems Engineering,
Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, National Society of Black
Engineers, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Society of Women
Engineers and the American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics.
About Rockwell Collins
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innovative communication and aviation electronic solutions for both commercial
and government applications. Our expertise in flight deck avionics, cabin
electronics, mission communications, information management, and simulation
and training is delivered by 19,000 employees, and a global service and
support network that crosses 27 countries. To find out more, please visit
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