ASME engages students from kindergarten through college with relevant, exciting programs that inspire a lifelong passion for engineering. At the college level, ASME Engineering Festivals™ or ASME E-Fests™ and ASME ™ events invite students to discover engineering challenges and rewards first-hand.
E-Fests are outreach events where college-age students participate in challenging design competitions, skill-building workshops, and networking opportunities with professional engineers and mentors. Students engage in a jam-packed, three-day interdisciplinary engineering experience where teams compete in categories like Human Powered Vehicles, Robotics, 3D Printing, and even Oral Presentation skills.
Said one participant, “The competitions enhance our skills and push us to put our knowledge to maximum utility. It is a great platform to meet new people with different mindsets. It's a room full of broad and bold ideas. It was an amazing experience to make new friends and build on teamwork.”
Many E-Fest participants find inspiration in the keynote speeches by professional engineers and the “lightning talks” by industry pioneers. When one executive described his company’s aspiration to be the “DHL for Moon Deliveries,” E-Fest attendees were enthralled—after hearing that simple “elevator pitch” about a lunar delivery service, some are now considering careers in space-based robotics. E-Fests ignite the imagination.
Throughout 2018-2019, more than 5,000 students have participated in an E-Fest, or one of the locally-produced EFx versions of the program. ASME currently runs four E-Fests annually, two in the U.S., one in India, and one in South America, with ambitious plans to grow that number and the number of students who participate. And ASME continues to receive a flood of applications to host one of these events from universities in many different countries.
In the accompanying photo, a student team celebrates its victory in the Human-Powered Vehicle Endurance Race at the recent E-Fest in India at Vellore Institute of Technology. The picture says it all: E-Fests are emotional, exhilarating experiences for the students who participate. E-Fests encourage teamwork and engender learning on many levels, and the experience inspires young people to pursue engineering careers.
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