Educational Outreach

Professional development hours (PDHs) can be earned to meet the Continuing Education Program (CEP) requirements by active participation in educational outreach activities involving K-12 or higher education students.

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Further, this page is limited to non-profit organizations or events and the agency executive staff reserves the right to deny placement on this page.




National Surveyors Week - March 21-27, 2021



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November 8th - National Stem Day
You can celebrate National S.T.E.M./S.T.E.A.M Day by tuning into the Netflix original series Project Mc², or by visiting where you can become an honorary member of NOV8 and go on super-secret spy missions with the Project Mc² characters.


It's time to sign up! Central Texas Discover Engineering (CTDE) is excited to announce the launch of Texas STEM Connections!

CTDE is collaborating with a number of organizations to make Texas STEM Connections the one place to point all who are looking to make STEM volunteering connections!

All STEM professionals and those looking for STEM volunteers are invited to join in:

Make your request for a classroom visit today! Go to the website for educator and volunteer profile and connection instructions.
See CTDE's Volunteer webpage for additional volunteer information for in-person, in-classroom volunteer opportunities.
See CTDE's Educator webpage for additional educator information for in-person, in-classroom volunteer requests

If you're looking for volunteers soon, keep in mind we're just now getting people into the system and Central Texas Discover Engineering focuses on connecting STEM volunteers to in-person, in-classroom requests primarily between February and May each year. Help us spread the word! We'll do our best to help make connections as things get moving quickly.



Dream Big - The Movie

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Every child should Dream Big Together, we can make that possible.

The acclaimed giant-screen documentary Dream Big: Engineering Our World has inspired and delighted audiences in museums around the world.

This movie was produced in partnership with the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and was sponsored by Bechtel Corporation, ASCE, The National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) and The United Engineering Foundation (UEF)

The project is so big, it is more than a movie - it's part of a movement aimed at bringing engineering into the forefront of our culture. Dream Big is the first giant-screen film
to answer the call of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) initiative, which aims to inspire kids of diverse backgrounds to become the innovators who will improve the lives of people across our entire planet as we head into the 21st Century and beyond. That's why the film will be accompanied by ongoing educational, museum and community efforts to expose young people from all backgrounds to what engineering is ... and what it can conjure in the world.

Now, ASCE with generous support from the United Engineering Foundation (UEF) has set an ambitious goal: to put a copy of the Dream Big film and educational toolkit in every public school in America. To reach every school, we need your help! Give $5 to send the school of your choice a toolkit containing a DVD of the full-length feature film, the complete teacher’s guide, all companion videos and downloadable files for classroom use. Refer to:


The Value of the Professional Engineer (P.E.) License (Courtesy of TSPE)

The video below explains the value of the Professional Engineer License and the necessary steps to becoming a PE in Texas. The video was produced by TSPE (the Texas Society of Professional Engineers) in cooperation with TBPE.




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Austin Energy Regional Science Festival

The Austin Energy Regional Science Festival serves 3rd - 12th grade students from 12 Central Texas counties and 23 school districts, as well as private, home and charter schools. It encourages their inquiry-based learning and recognizes and celebrates the students' achievements in order to keep them interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). It also provides scientists, engineers and other professionals a chance to interact with the next generation of young scientists. Learn more at and


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Celebrate how engineers make a difference and increase public dialogue about the need for engineers. There are multiple programs through this initiative such as Engineers Week, Future City, Girl Day, Global Day of the Engineer and Global Marathon.

Hands-on engineering activities -



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Central Texas Discover Engineering
- Encouraging central Texas school children to pursue technology careers.



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The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) provides engineering leadership in service to the nation by promoting a vibrant engineering profession and by marshalling the expertise and insights of eminent engineers to provide independent advice to the federal government on matters involving engineering and technology.



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Texas Science & Engineering Fair is an annual science competition for students in grades 6-12.



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The MATH COUNTS Foundation is an organization that strives to engage middle school students of all ability and interest levels in fun, challenging math programs, in order to expand their academic and professional opportunities. 



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Learning for Life Program
- Engineering & Technology Career Exploring is open to young men and women ages 14 (and completed the 8th grade) and not yet 21 years old with an interest in learning more about careers in the fields of Engineering & Technology. Engineering & Technology Exploring is a hands-on program that exposes participants to many career opportunities.


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How to Become a Mechanical Engineer
An introduction to mechanical engineering careers.

How to Become an Electrical Engineer
An introduction to electrical engineering careers.



Other TBPELS Pages

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