The American Council of Engineering Companies of Illinois operates the Students Engaged in Engineering (SEE) program. For over 20 years the program has served as a mentor program, encouraging grade and middle school students to excel in math and science curricula and eventually enter engineering school.
During monthly in-class presentations and/or field trips, SEE volunteer engineers share the importance and excitement of engineering. Topics have included solid waste management, bridge inspection, water filtration, surveying, types of engineers, environmental engineering, airport design, stormwater management and many others.
Field trip destinations have included United Center, Chicago Bascule Bridges, a robotics plant, Soldier Field, McCormick Place, McCook Reservoir construction, West Chicago Water Plant, Millennium Park, Midway Airport Reconstruction, Downers Grove Sanitary District Facility, Cellular Field, State Street Renovation, and more.
Hands-on after school activities focus on solving problems through engineering. This year the committee is working with three Chicago public schools and has initiated activities in the Quad Cities area.