WILLIAMSPORT, LYCOMING COUNTY (WBRE/WYOUTV)– It’s National Engineers week, which is dedicated to raising public Awareness of Engineers’ positive contributions to everyday life. 

According to educators, the need for engineering and technology students is very high but the actual number of students who go into this field is very low compared to the demand. 

Many of us don’t realize how engineers impact our everyday life.

“When you walk into a grocery store the packaging had to be engineered, the machines that make all the different things we use,” Associate Manufacturing and engineering professor Eric Albert said.

The goal of this week is to shine a light on the importance of a technical education and to encourage youngsters to start thinking about going in this field at an early age. Some students are already ahead of the game.

“I thought maybe I could do something with engineering because it actually was really fun when I learned about all of the cool things,” 5th grader Sofia Mileto said. 

Mileto is a fifth grader at Donald E. Schick Elementary School. She says thanks to their innovate ‘STEM’ Lab, ‘IPLAY’ she’s already getting hands on experience on learning all that engineers do.

“You can use wood to build like bridges and we have little structures that you can build bridges with which is kind of like what you can do in the real world,” Mileto said.

Engineering college students say this is prime time for kids to start absorbing as much technology knowledge as possible.

“Technology is built so rapidly you have to just, you gave to keep up with it, otherwise you’re just going to be left behind,” Engineering and manufacturing student Anthony Passaro said.

Someday these students can go on to do robotic surgery, put together aerospace parts or even build 3D machines like this oen right here, which takes 3D pictures.

“Engineering it’s what I do it’s what I think a lof of people should do and it’s just fun,” Passaro said.

National Engineers week is a formal coalition of more than 70 engineering, education and cultural societies as well as more than 50 corporations and government agencies.