The California Society of Professional Engineers Education Foundation (CSPEEF) was incorporated in 1986 to provide a commitment to the development of a more educated and aware populace. The Foundation’s charge is to provide the resources designed to increase the mathematical, engineering, scientific, and technical capabilities of California students. The CSPE Education Foundation was founded and is administered by the California Society of Professional Engineers (CSPE), a membership organization of approximately 2300 engineers in California who uphold a professional code of ethics above state requirements.
Current programs sponsored by CSPEEF begin working with students at the elementary level and continue for those students interested in becoming licensed and registered engineers in California. CSPEEF has focused its attention on two program areas that are most effective in achieving its goals.
CSPEEF works to increase the mathematical and technical capabilities of California's middle school students through MATHCOUNTS, a team competition for 6th, 7th and 8th graders. Students from schools across the state of California test their mathematical skills in a variety of events, including a team competition. Every year, CSPEEF sponsors twenty-three local competitions and two California state championships for MATHCOUNTS. Additionally, the top scoring California students advance on to the National MATHCOUNTS championships, where they compete against students from across the country. CSPEEF also provides Ingersoll EIT & PE Grants for college engineering students looking to pursue licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE). CSPEEF offers grants to students who are interested in taking the California Engineer-In-Training (FE/EIT) and Professional Engineer (PE) examinations.