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K-12 Outreach News You Can Use – May 2017

In this issue, we’ve got information on making money for outreach, the Wow! Innovation Challenge, SWENext, the Outreach Metric Tool, PEP events, and K-12 Educator Membership.

Published On: May 2017

As “Outreach Season” is winding down, here is some “news you can use” for your K-12 Outreach programs.

In this issue:

  1. Making money for Outreach – Part 1 – Report your K-12 Outreach event to enter our monthly raffle
  2. Making money for Outreach – Part 2 – Wow! Innovation Challenge
  3. K-12 Outreach Goals Update – We still need your help!
    – SWENext
    – Outreach Metric Tool
    – PEP events run by SWE Sections
  4. K-12 Educator Membership – Encourage teachers to join
  5. PEP Tool Kit Version 1.0 – Need beta testers to give us feedback

  1. Making money for Outreach – Part 1 – Report your K-12 Outreach event to enter our monthly raffle

You’ve run your K-12 Outreach event.  Did you report it in the Outreach Metric Tool (OMT)?

Starting in February, each month we’ve had a random drawing among all OMT entries for that month.  The monthly winning section receives a $100 Amazon gift card for their future Outreach activities.

Congratulations to these winners and thanks for submitting your K-12 Outreach events:

February’s winner:  Section D050, University of Alabama (entry submitted by Amber Gibson)

March’s winner:  Section D082, Georgia Southern University (entry submitted by Adeline Wagner)

April’s winner: TBD

There is still a chance to win in May and June!  Enter any K-12 Outreach event or activity that any member of your section has participated in since September 1, 2016 at www.surveymonkey.com/s/omtool.  It’s easy!   It takes less than 5 minutes.

Need more information?  Contact outreach-chair@swe.org.


  1. Making money for Outreach – Part 2 – Wow! Innovation Challenge

The Outreach Committee runs the “Wow! Innovation Challenge” four times a year.  It’s a great way to share your section’s outreach successes and best practices, and earn $500 for your section!

SWE’s final FY17 Wow! Innovation Challenge will be accepting submissions between April 26 – May 24, 2017.

For this challenge, we want to know how your section, MAL organization, or global affiliate has expanded K-12 Outreach efforts in recent years.  Have you started a new event?  Expanded an existing one to reach a wider audience?  We’d love to hear about it!

View the full challenge prompt and submit your Powerpoint, video, or Snapguide here.

All submissions must be received by May 24, 2017 @ 11:59 PM Central Time.

Questions? Contact Elia Zanella (zanel001@umn.edu) or Kate Nolan (nolan.kate.e@gmail.com).


  1. K-12 Outreach Goals Update – We still need your help!

SWENextWe have three Outreach goals being tracked by the Region Governors.  We need your help in achieving these goals!

SWENext Goal7000 students in the program – currently at 4488 girls (64% of goal)

Please continue distributing the SWENext flyer at all of your Outreach events.  You can get half page and quarter page flyers for SWENext at swenext.swe.orgHere’s the link to the full page flyer.

Outreach Metric Tool Goal1065 entries – currently at 805 entries (~75% of goal)

Have you run a K-12 Outreach event already this fiscal year?  Have you entered the event into the Outreach Metric Tool?  It’s quick and easy to do.  Please report your K-12 Outreach at this link:  www.surveymonkey.com/s/omtool

PEP (Parents and Educators Programs) events run by SWE Sections GoalOne per section on average – currently at 56 entries.

This is clearly a stretch objective.  But we’d at least like to finish higher than last year’s total of 64 entries.  So if you’ve run a PEP program, please report it in the Outreach Metric Tool by choosing it on the “Event Type” question.  It’s a “check all that apply” question.  So if you ran a hands-on event for the kids and had a PEP track for the parents, you can check both of those in the “Event Type” question’s drop-down box.

Need help designing a PEP event?  An updated Tool Kit is on the way!  (See #5 below.)  In the meantime, contact me at outreach-chair@swe.org for ideas, resources, hand-outs, etc.


  1. K-12 Educator Membership – Encourage teachers to join

 The K-12 Educator Membership type was introduced in 2015.  SWE’s mission includes encouraging more girls to become engineers, and the K-12 Educators can support that mission by helping reach girls.  So we’d like your help in encouraging educators to join SWE.

Our goal is to position SWE as a “go to” teacher resource for finding the latest research and best practices to close the gender gap in engineering and technology.

Some of the benefits for educators who join SWE include a monthly newsletter, access to online resources, access to SWE’s K-12 Outreach community, and networking opportunities with SWE members.

A special reduced membership rate of $20 is available to full-time K-12 educators.

We currently have 179 K-12 Educator members.  Our goal this year is to reach 600 members.

If you know or interact with K-12 Educators, please send them a copy of the K-12 Educator flyer (attached) and ask them to join SWE.


  1. PEP Tool Kit Version 1.0 – Need beta testers to give us feedback

We’ve developed a “skeleton” of a Parents & Educators Program (PEP) Tool Kit that includes sample agendas, suggested icebreakers, presentations, hands-on activities, and hand-outs.  Call it PEP Tool Kit 1.0.

We would love some Outreach Advocates (that’s you!) to look it over and give us some feedback.  If you have the time to take a look, please send me an email at maryzeis@gmail.com.  Thanks!


It’s incredible the impact that SWE members have on K-12 STEM Outreach.  Thank you for advocating for the next generation of women engineers!

See you next time!

Mary T. Zeis
SWE K-12 Outreach Committee – FY17 Chai
MaryZeis@gmail.com
http://www.linkedin.com/in/maryzeis

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