Looking for ways to inspire students to think creatively? Mark these special days on your calendar and celebrate with unique hands-on STEM activities.
At Wiz, we are all about inspiring and encouraging students to think outside of the box and apply their learnings from STEM classes to their day-to-day activities.
With the school year just starting, we have compiled a list of 4 STEM holidays that you should know to help motivate your children and/or students to think creatively.
Read until the end to see the complete list of STEM holidays for the whole year!
World Engineering Day
World Engineering Day is celebrated on the 4th of March every year. It was proclaimed by UNESCO in 2019 and celebrated internationally as a day to highlight engineers and engineering achievements.
World Engineering Day is important because it’s a day dedicated to raise awareness on how engineering and technology are central to modern life and crucial for sustainable development.
In all countries today, there are still many issues that need to be addressed including climate change, environmental issues, growing cities & its populations, as well as emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence.
Take World Engineering Day as an opportunity to engage with the younger generation and inspire them to think about how they can use STEM skills to change the world for the better.
National Robotics Week
Did you know that the U.S. House of Representatives officially designated the second full week of April as National Robotics Week?
The mission of National Robotics Week (RoboWeek) is simple: inspire students in robotics and STEM related fields, and share the excitement of robotics across all ages.
Robotics technology is critical to the economy and the touches upon all industries including health care, energy, manufacturing, logistics, transportation, agriculture, education, consumer goods, and others.
RoboWeek recognizes the need to reinforce STEM concepts and to inspire youths to pursue robotics and other STEM-related career fields to contribute to a modern workforce.
There are many activities you can do to celebrate RoboWeek. You can get the whole family involved and learn to code together, watch a Robot movie or read a Robot-themed book, or even build your own robot!
Speaking of building your own robots, you can celebrate RoboWeek with us by participating in the 2022 Wiz Prodigy Competition where you get to build your own robotics space rover at home with our robotics kit.
Check out some of the robot creations that our participants did for the 2021 Wiz Prodigy Competition!
Source: National Robotics Week
Space Day was created by Lockheed Martin Corporation in 1997 to promote science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) amongst youths. This celebration happens on the first Friday of May every year.
In case you didn’t know, Lockheed Martin has been working with NASA over the years on space exploration and they are the only company that has built a spacecraft that successfully landed on Mars!
Space Day seeks to inspire youth to explore different fields of STEM (not only Aerospace) and create strong foundations of economy of the future!
International Women in Engineering Day
International Women in Engineering Day (INWED) is an annual global celebration of women engineers and draws focus to the many opportunities for women in engineering.
INWED was started in the UK by Women’s Engineering Society (WES) as a national initiative but has grown to achieve a global reach and UNESCO patronage.
According to WES, only 14.5% of women are engineers as of June 2021. The profession is hugely under-represented and many improvements still need to be made to ensure equality for women.
INWED is an important day to highlight women engineers around the world and to encourage young women and girls to pursue a career in STEM professions.
Looking for a full-year view of STEM holidays?
We have created a list of STEM holidays for the entire calendar year so you can easily plan ahead!