Model Builders Needed

Use Your Hands and Mind

SEAOI is looking to establish an independent resource library of models and samples. Bob Johnson has provided models and material samples, building the models over the years into a collection that can fill seven conference tables. His models, some of them decades old, are well loved and show it. SEAOI is looking for volunteers to assist us in building newer versions to carry on this legacy. The PR Committee has a list of volunteers but can use more. Any amount of help, large and small is welcome. Work at home at your own pace. With this help, SEAOI will then establish an independent model library for use by volunteers at the various events throughout the year. Anyone with an interest in assisting should contact the SEAOI office.


While SEAOI encourages any meaningful volunteer activity, the following is a list of events that SEAOI supports.  Contact us to get involved with any of these events!

The Future City Competition (January)

This competition takes place each January and requires volunteers to serve as judges and engineer mentors. Future City Competition serves students in 6th, 7th and 8th grade. Sponsored by National Engineers Week, this national program introduces students to engineering with the popular Sim City software. Students design future cities with simulation software, build scale models, write essays and give oral presentations on their city's design. The theme for the 2017-18 competition is The Age-Friendly City.  The 2018 Regional Finals take place on January 19, 2019.

IIT Bridge Building Competition (January, April)

The Annual IIT Bridge Competition will take place in the Herman Hall Auditorium in January 29, 2019. Please visit the IIT website for more information. The International Bridge Competition will take place on April 6, 2019

CAF Engineering Day (February)

This event takes place in February and requires 6 to 8 volunteers. For more information, please visit the Chicago Architecture Foundation website.

STEM Expo (Formerly DuPage Area Engineers Week) (February)

This event takes place in February and requires 6 to 8 volunteers. This free event is part of National Engineers Week, and is designed to introduce children of all ages to the field of engineering. The building will be full of hands-on activities and demonstrations to allow young people to experience and explore the engineering field. SEAOI is a sponsor of this event and will have three display tables. In previous years, SEAOI volunteers have presented lectures to standing room only crowds.  The next exhibit will take place on February 23, 2019. Learn more on the IIT website

Greater Chicago Food Depository Volunteer Day (February)

This event takes place each February and requires fifteen volunteers. Opportunities include repacking bulk products to individual/family sizes, assembling boxes with assorted food, checking expiration dates and labeling and gleaning products. For more information, please click here.

Rebuilding Together - SEAOI (April)

This program takes place in April and the volunteer requirement varies. For more information, please click here.  

Rebuilding Together - AIA (April)

This program takes place in April and the volunteer requirement varies. For more information, please visit the American Institute of Architects' website. 

Illinois State Science Fair (May)

This event takes place each May and the requirement for judges and other volunteers varies.  Visit the Illinois Junior Academy of Science for more information.

Museum of Science and Industry "Spring into Science" Career Day (June)

This event takes place in June and requires 5 volunteers. Chicago high school students are invited to the museum to learn about careers in the STEM fields.

Canstruction (August)

"Build Night" for Canstruction® combines the competitive spirit of a design/build competition with a unique way to help feed hungry people. Competing teams, led by architects and engineers, showcase their talents by designing giant sculptures made entirely out of canned foods. At the close of the exhibitions all of the food used in the structures is donated to local food banks for distribution to pantries, shelters, soup kitchens, elderly and day care centers. The volunteer requirement varies. 

Des Plaines Science Expo (September/October)

This event takes place each autumn at the Des Plaines Public Library. Six to eight volunteers are needed. More information is on the  Des Plaines Public Library homepage.  This event will not take place in 2017.