Outreach News You Can Use – February 2018

Learn how you can be a role model to future engineers at upcoming SWENext DesignLab events and more in this month's News You Can Use.
Thanks to our SWENext DesignLab Host City Volunteers

I hope you were able to celebrate Engineers Week (February 18-24) and Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day (February 22). Don’t forget to share your outreach events with SWE using our simple Outreach Metric Tool.

In this edition of News You Can Use, you’ll find information on:

How you can be a role model to future engineers at upcoming SWENext DesignLab events
Learn about the National Girls Collaborative Project
Win a SWE outreach stipend
Apply for the FY18 Wow! Innovation Challenge

Inspire Future Engineers at a SWENext DesignLab Near You

We held our first two of five SWENext DesignLab events at WELocal Tulsa on January 27 and WELocal Phoenix on February 24. View Tulsa news coverage of the event here.

Outreach News You Can Use – February 2018
SWENext DesignLab is a half-day program held at each of the WELocal conferences, where middle school students work with SWE member attendees (that’s you!) to complete hands-on engineering activities, while parents and educators learn about engineering careers, scholarships, college admissions, and other resources. Help us make this experience rewarding and fulfilling by volunteering at one of the upcoming SWENext DesignLab events:

Questions about DesignLab? Contact outreach@swe.org.

Maximize Your Outreach Capacity With the National Girls Collaborative Project

SWE is proud to host a webinar presented by the National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP). The vision of the NGCP is to bring together organizations throughout the United States that are committed to informing and encouraging girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Learn about the resources and opportunities that NGCP offers to maximize your outreach capacity and increase your impact.

Utilizing the NGCP to Maximize your Outreach Capacity and Increase your Impact

Tuesday, February 20, 2018
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm CT
Register today.

Promote your Outreach Events to Local SWENexters

Are you hosting an event during Engineers’ Week or this spring? Don’t forget to invite the SWENexters in your area as soon as possible. It’s easy! Here’s how:

Fill out this form with information about your event and who should attend.
Allow at least two weeks for processing before emails are sent to SWENexters. Plan early!

FY18 Wow! Innovation Challenge #3

Apply for the FY18 Wow! Innovation Challenge by April 2, 2018 and share your best outreach practices with the rest of us. You will also stand a chance to be awarded $1,000 for your winning entry! The Wow! Innovation Challenge recognizes the innovative outreach techniques being used by SWE sections, MALs, and global affiliates.

For this challenge, we want to hear all the ways your section is able to increase participation of both women in engineering and those who support us from other backgrounds. Visit here to learn more about the challenge and how to apply.

Nominate Educators for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics & Science Teaching

The 2018 cycle of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) is in full swing and we need your help! Today, the PAEMST team is launching our 2018 Nomination Drive.

We hope that you will help us spread the word about PAEMST by sharing information with your network of members and encouraging them to nominate a teacher or apply themselves.

Nominations can be submitted here. The nomination deadline is April 1, 2018, and the application deadline is May 1, 2018.

Click here for some sample Facebook and Twitter posts that you can share on social media. We also encourage you to access the NSF Facebook and Twitter pages and share the nomination drive posts from NSF throughout the week.

Email questions about the program or the nomination process to info@paemst.org or 855-723-6780.

Outreach Metric Tool Winner Spotlight: Minnesota Section

Has your section participated in STEM outreach in FY18? Don’t forget to tell us about it using the Outreach Metric Tool – it’s easy! Preview the questions here.

Each month, one entry submitted in the Outreach Metric Tool is randomly selected to win $100 for a future outreach event. Congratulations to Minnesota (H006), who won the drawing from entries submitted during January, for their event STEM Day at the Fair:

Minnesota is home to the largest state fair’s in the country by average daily attendance, so of course the Minnesota SWE section had to be involved! Between their snacks of fried food on a stick, fair attendees stopped by SWE-MN’s booth, which was open to the 120,000 attendees that day. Kids (and some adults) learned about chemical reactions and the creation of polymers while making their own bouncy balls to take home. They also saw the power of fruit by creating a variety of circuit configurations to power LED lights with fruit batteries.

Outreach Links You Can Use

Questions? Contact outreach-chair@swe.org.

Kate Nolan
FY18 Outreach Committee Chair