General Info

What is NEM?

National Engineering Month (NEM) is an annual celebration of Engineering and Engineering Technology. Every March we encourage professionals and students to host interactive and informative events, workshop, and activities that help young people feel “There is a Place for You!” in the Engineering and Engineering Technology professions.

Where are NEM events held?

While NEM is a national initiative, NEM Ontario supports events all across Ontario!

Click here to find events near you.

When do NEM events happen?

The entire month of March is National Engineering Month.

Check out our event page for more details.

What is Engineering and Engineering Technology all about?

Much more than building bridges and memorizing formulas Engineering and Engineering Technology professions are collaborative, creative and leverage communication skills to solve humanity’s wicked problems; turning ideas into a reality and making a difference.

Why should I get involved?

Being part of NEM is an opportunity to share your passion for Engineering and Engineering Technology with diverse young people, to widen their perceptions about what work we do, build their curiosity and help them feel a sense of belonging within these professions.

How can I get involved?

There are lots of ways to get involved! You can host your own NEM event in March, volunteer for an event in your area, or participate in an event.

How can I find out more about applying for funding and hosting an event?

Take a look at our Q&A online meeting recording and slides. If you still have questions, feel free to reach out to NEM Project Manager, Michelle at letstalk@nemontario.ca.

Hosting an Event

I want to host an event! Where do I start?

First things first, we want to hear about your event idea! Fill out this application form so we can review your event and add it to our website. Complete the form before November 30, 2018 you could receive up to $700 in funding.

Who can host an event?

Anyone! You could be a College or University student, teacher or guidance counselor, engineering or engineering technology professional, an individual form a youth organization or company, or simply anyone interested in spreading the message of National Engineering Month.

Is there funding available?

Yes! Fill out this application form before November 30, 2018 and you could receive up to $700 in funding for your event.

How will I know if I’ve been approved for funding?

We will reach out to you by mid December to let you know if you’ve been approved for funding. If approved, we’ll send you funding in two rounds – half in January and half in early April after you’ve submitted the evaluation requirements.

What type of event should I organize?

There are a few things to consider before you start planning an event

  • Who is your target audience? What would be fun for them AND a great outcome?
  • What do you want participants to learn? What are you trying to achieve?
  • How does this event connect to NEM goals of diversity and belonging?

Take a look at our event planning resource – it will help you think about these questions and plan a successful event.

College Challenge

What is the College Challenge?

All engineering technology and applied science students at Ontario Colleges are invited to host an event in March for the NEM 2019 University Challenge. Teams of up to 5 students can host an event or series of events and compete with other Ontario teams for a chance to win one of three cash prizes: $3000 for first place, $1500 for second and $750 for third. Winning teams also receive a complimentary one-year free student OACETT membership. Fill out the application form to register your event, and if you submit it before November 30, 2018 you could receive $700 in funding.

Who can take part?

All engineering technology and applied science students currently enrolled in an Ontario College can host an event as part of the College Challenge.

University Challenge

What is the University Challenge?

All Ontario University students are invited to host an event in March for the NEM 2019 University Challenge. Teams of up to 5 students can host an event or series of events and compete with other Ontario teams for a chance to win one of three cash prizes: $3000 for first place, $1500 for second and $750 for third. Fill out the application form to register your event, and if you submit it before November 30, 2018 you could receive $700 in funding.

Who can take part?

All students currently enrolled in an Ontario University can host an event as part of the University Challenge.