As we approach the busy “outreach season,” we are excited to share upcoming SWENext DesignLab events and share resources that may help as you plan spring outreach events. As always, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org at any time throughout the year. We are happy to help!
In this edition:
- Inspire Young Women at a SWENext DesignLab Near You
- Coming Soon: Wow! Innovation Challenge
- Invite SWENexters To Your Upcoming Outreach Events
- SWE Outreach Programs & Resources Overview
- Outreach Metric Tool Drawing Winners
Inspire Young Women at a SWENext DesignLab Near You
SWENext DesignLab (held at each WE Local conference) encourages girls to choose a career in engineering. During the half-day program, middle school students work with local SWE members (that’s you!) to complete hands-on engineering activities. While the girls are busy having fun and inventing new ideas, parents and educators learn about engineering careers, scholarships, college admission and resources. Please help us make this experience possible by volunteering at a SWENext DesignLab near you.
Tulsa: Saturday, January 27 Sign up to volunteer at SWENext DesignLab in Tulsa.
Phoenix: Saturday, February 24 Sign up to volunteer at SWENext DesignLab in Phoenix.
Milwaukee: Saturday, March 10: Sign up to volunteer at SWENext DesignLab in Milwaukee
Portland: Saturday, April 7: Sign up to volunteer at SWENext DesignLab in Portland
Providence: Saturday, April 21: Volunteer link coming soon!
Coming Soon: Wow! Innovation Challenge
Our next Wow! Innovation Challenge will be issued in January – this is your section’s chance to showcase and share best practices for engaging K-12 students and their adult influencers! Stay tuned to your e-mail and SWE social media for the challenge announcement.
The Wow! Innovation Challenge is a platform to recognize techniques that SWE sections, members at large (MALs), and global affiliates are using to communicate the importance of STEM careers, and engage K-12 students and their adult influencers. It is also a way to learn from the successes of other SWE members in their outreach efforts, and use them to improve your own events!
Check out this best practice from Georgia Institute of Technology’s SWE section, one of our 2016 winners. Their Snapguide includes great tips on how to host an event for parents and educators, to assist them in supporting their child’s interest in STEM. Of particular note are the recommendations to share existing biases in the workforce, and to provide resources for statewide requirements to graduate high school and how to best be prepared for STEM majors in college.
Invite SWENexters To Your Upcoming Outreach Events
Engineers’ Week and Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day are only two months away. If you are planning an event, make sure to send an invitation to the SWENexters in your area as soon as possible, so you can get it on their calendars. It’s easy! Here’s how:
- Fill out this form with information about your event and who should attend: http://societyofwomenengineers.swe.org/page/5147-swenext-events
- Allow at least two weeks for processing before emails are sent to SWENexters. Plan early!
SWE Outreach Programs & Resources Overview
Are you new to STEM outreach, or just curious about the outreach resources that SWE has to offer? The Outreach Committee presented an Open House workshop at WE17 this fall, and slides are now available on the SWE website, here.
Questions about a SWE outreach program or initiative? Contact Kate Nolan.
Outreach Metric Tool Drawing Winners
Each month, new entries in the Outreach Metric Tool are eligible to win $100 for a future outreach event! Share your outreach events with SWE in the Outreach Metric Tool.
Congratulations to this fall’s winners of the Outreach Metric Tool drawing!
Tufts University (F067) won the September drawing for their participation in the event Community Days at Tufts University. Christine Jahn shared this summary of the event:
On September 24, 2017, Tufts University hosted the 15th Community Day for the public. Students, families, and residents of the Somerville and Medford neighborhoods came for the festivities. The Tufts SWE section also participated by opening a table on the Academic Quad to make paper rockets out of paper, crayon, tape, plastic straws, and stickers. Several models were designed, and the guests learned that stickers weighed down the rockets and didn’t allow them to fly as high. In addition, the smaller surface area and volume the rocket body created from the paper, the higher it could fly. About 150-200 students and an additional 50-100 guests visited the SWE table. We all had a lot of fun and look forward to next year’s Community Day.
Wisconsin (H007) won the October drawing for their participation in a Girl Scout Badging Event with Brownie Girl Scouts in Racine, WI. Heidi Balestrieri shared this summary of the event:
On October 5, 2017 RWEN (Racine Women Engineering Network) and SWE-WI members visited a Racine Wisconsin Elementary school’s Brownie Girl Scout troop to work on an engineering badge event. SWE and RWEN members shared their background and why they developed an interest in engineering and also did two hands-on-activities. Twelve 3rd grade girls improved the process for assembling bracelets by using industrial engineering principles. The girls worked together on circuit boards to create circuits in series and parallel to light a bulb and put the bulb on a dimmer switch. One girl after the event said “Wow, I did it!” and was excited to tell her family all about it. The troop has invited the group back to do an event next year.
Thank you for all you do for outreach!
FY18 Outreach Committee Chair
Outreach Links You Can Use:
K-12 Outreach Resources for SWE Members
SWENext: SWE’s Free Program for K-12 Students
SWE K-12 Educator Membership + Newsletter Subscription
SWENext DesignLab at WELocal Conferences
Outreach Metric Tool – Share Your Outreach Events with SWE!
Program Development Grants – Help Fund Your Outreach Event
SWE Outreach Incubator Facebook Group