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UT SWE Wins Our First Wow! Innovation Challenge of FY17

UT SWE, our SWE section at the University of Texas at Austin, is the winner of the first Wow! Innovation Challenge for FY17.

Published On: October 2016

UT SWE, our SWE section at the University of Texas at Austin, is the winner of the first Wow! Innovation Challenge for FY17. The members of UT SWE were chosen for their commitment to:

  • Engaging high school students in unique, meaningful design challenges
  • Emphasizing that engineers solve important problems, collaborate with each other, and have a positive impact on the world and future generations of STEM leaders

UT SWE also involved a large number of SWE volunteers from different majors in their event, exposing participants to a variety of engineering fields. Watch this great video about their outreach programming.

UT SWE will be awarded a $500 outreach stipend, featured on SWE social media, and this blog. SWE also chose two honorable mentions (in no particular order). SWE will share their content through the Outreach Incubator, a SWE Facebook group and page.

Honorable Mentions:

  • UIUC SWE – the members of the SWE section at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign were chosen for their commitment to planning events to engage a variety of learning styles, and for involving external partners and professional engineers. Check out their Snapguide.
  • PITT SWE – the members of the SWE section at the University of Pittsburgh were chosen for their specific event-planning style and for including a wealth of information about the college experience itself. Check out their Snapguide.

For this challenge, we wanted to know how sections developed outreach events or programs for high school students (grades 9-12). We asked what they did to guarantee that the event or program positively impacts a high school student’s perception and awareness of STEM careers.

Keep an eye out for our next Wow! Innovation Challenge to be announced in January of 2017. While individuals, sections and MALs are encouraged to apply, all stipend checks will be made out to a section or MAL organization.

Questions? Visit the Wow! Innovation Challenge FAQ page or contact Kate Nolan.

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