Every year as part of Engineers Week, students around the world are invited to participate in the Fluor Engineering Challenge developed in partnership with Science Buddies?, an award-winning, web-based education nonprofit. Students in grades K-12 complete the challenge and submit their results into a random drawing to win one out of 10 US $1,000 grants for their qualifying community organizations or schools.
This year's Challenge, "Cricket Wicket Knockdown," had a record-breaking 1,765 submissions (up 26 percent from last year) with nearly 5,000 students participating from 10 countries.
Through Fluor-sponsored Google Classroom tools, teachers can also download lesson plans that help students gain a deeper understanding of the engineering design process. Educators can use prewritten lesson plans or create their own, distribute assignments, send feedback and fully support their students' participation in the Fluor Engineering Challenge.
To date, more than 1,600 teachers have downloaded Fluor Engineering Challenge lesson plans for their classrooms.
Programs like the Fluor Engineering Challenge continue to help Fluor generate interest and engagement in STEM fields, grow a network of learners and solidify its position as a corporate leader dedicated to the development of our next generation workforce.
Since 2013, Fluor and its employees have enabled more than 1.2 million K-12 students receive nearly 13.3 million hours of STEM academic training, enrichment and to become aware of career opportunities in these disciplines.