IBM is hosting more than 850 students from schools throughout Central Florida during Engineers Week at IBM’s Smarter Planet exhibit at INNOVENTIONS at Epcot® at the Walt Disney World® Resort. The annual Engineers Week program, running April 13-15, is designed to help motivate and inspire young children in the local community to pursue technical careers and to excel in the core subjects of math and science.
Students, grades 2 through 8, are given a unique opportunity to meet real-life engineering experts from IBM and other program sponsors, and to think – and play – like engineers in a series of activities and rides. This year’s Engineers Week sponsors also include GM, HP, NASA, Red Hat, Siemens UL and Walt Disney World Engineering.
This year’s Engineers Week hosted by IBM promises to be educational, dynamic, high-energy and all about fun. The students are broken into small groups and are led by IBM employee volunteers through various activities ranging from music to rockets. Activity highlights of the program include:
- “Engineering the Magic” with Walt Disney World Engineers
- GM’s “Robots are COOL” with Marty Linn
- IBM’s “Materials Matter” with Dr. Stefanie Chiras
- NASA’s “Engineering Rockets…out of this world!” with Dr. Linda Scauzillo and Les Gold
- Red Hat’s “Mathematically Artistic” with Mairin Duffy
- UL’s “Choke the Smoke” with Rob Sly and Scott Ritchie
- GM, HP and Siemens have invited the students to discover engineering by riding their attractions.
IBM hosts Engineers Week programs around the world as part of its commitment to promote math and science for all students and to ultimately increase the number of people entering into engineering and technology careers.
Engineers Week, a coalition of more than 75 engineering, professional and technical societies and more than 50 corporations and government agencies, began in 1951. Founded by the National Society of Professional Engineers, the week is dedicated to ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce by increasing an understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers among young students and by promoting pre-college literacy in math and science. Among the oldest of America’s professional outreach efforts, Engineers Week also raises public understanding and appreciation of engineering contributions to society.
IBM today unveiled a new experiential exhibit at INNOVENTIONS at Epcot® at the Walt Disney World® Resort, which invites guests to discover the possibilities of building a smarter planet. The exhibit is powered by a new Smarter Data Center, providing a real-life demonstration of optimized computing that reduces energy costs by up to 25 percent.
SmarterPlanet presented by IBM offers visitors to the park a “behind-the-scenes” glimpse of how technology is helping solve the world’s most complex problems – from reducing road traffic and city crime to improving food safety and local water supplies.
The experience encourages guests to think about their individual role in creating a smarter planet as well as understand how smarter data centers are the heart of a more sustainable, technology-enabled world.
For example, hands-on interactive kiosks offer guests a “match” game that reveals societal and technological implications of creating a smarter planet. Guests will discover how more than two billion people are using mobile phones to open and use bank accounts for the first time; or that only 11 percent of the United States money supply is cash; or that by unplugging household appliance while not in use homeowners can save cash, up to $286 every year; or how smarter food systems track the temperatures of foods from one location to another to prevent spoilage. From the same kiosks, guests can take a Smarter Planet poll and compare their answers with those of other visitors.
The exhibit also features Runtime, created by Walt Disney Imagineering, which transforms guests into personalized avatars as part of the video game experience. Players run, jump and dance through a timeline of IBM’s achievements in the history of computing, journeying from the Babbage computer, through vacuum tubes and chips and bits, to the Internet. Guests can also email their personalized version of the game to any computer, extending the Runtime experience to their home.