Project SYNCERE is proud to present the 4th annual 2021 ENpowered Games (the virtual edition). This year, the theme of the middle school engineering competition is Engineering Social Change.
This year, more than ever, our global village is in touch with the need for every community’s voice to be heard. ENpowered students are being taught to think of engineering and innovation as means to give voice to community challenges that are important to them. During the ENpowered Games, students will present projects that were conceived of in response to a societal need.
On May 7th, nearly 300 students along with their families, teachers, and stakeholders will convene on a virtual platform to participate in a middle school engineering design competition. The students are participants in Project SYNCERE’s ENpowered Program at their respective schools and will come together to showcase their knowledge and skills in STEM. Leading up to the ENpowered Games, Project SYNCERE’s instructional team provides the 10 participating schools with 10 weeks of programming to develop students’ knowledge and skills in engineering design.
Our goal is to increase America’s talent pool by improving STEM education for under-represented youth. Through their participation in this comprehensive STEM competition, students will have an increased aptitude and appreciation for the STEM fields. Our hope is that by providing students with an initial spark, they will become energized by their involvement in the program and choose to continue their pursuit of STEM knowledge by participating in other programs such as our out-of-school program, E-CADEMY.
Additionally, through the theme of social change, we hope to inspire students to see the pursuit of engineering skills as a means to impact their surrounding and global communities. We want students to begin to identify themselves as change agents and
The goals for the competition are to:
- Increase awareness of career opportunities in STEM
- Enhance positive attitudes toward STEM disciplines
- Develop an understanding of how to utilize the engineering design process to solve problems
- Gain skills in communication, critical thinking and collaboration
- Create a pipeline of students to participate in our year-round E-CADEMY program
- Expose families to the value of STEM careers