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SWE K-12 Outreach SWE Counts Newsletter – February 2018

In this newsletter, we will share some middle school girl program highlights from the Invent It. Build It. (IIBI) outreach event at WE 17.

Published On: February 2018

Welcome to the February Assessment Workgroup Newsletter! In our last newsletter, we shared on activity meters for quick feedback in outreach events.  In this newsletter, we will share some middle school girl program highlights from the Invent It. Build It. (IIBI) outreach event that took place on October 28, 2017, at WE17.  Some of the material shared here is from the IIBI 2017 Evaluation Report produced by the Concord Evaluation Group.

Planning for IIBI begins 6 months in advance for the hundreds of middle school girls, high school girls, parents, educators, SWE volunteers, SWE role models, EXPO vendors, and SWE staff members who participate in one fun day of outreach presentations, EXPO attendance, engineering activities, and lunch.  We are so appreciative of our SWE volunteers and role models who help with this event and all the participants who attend.  In addition, we want to thank with appreciation our partners who help to support IIBI:  ExxonMobil Foundation, Girl Scouts of the USA, and Design Squad Global.  This year the Girl Scouts of Central Texas also gave an elementary school program as well.

IIBI Middle School Girls Program

The middle school girls (307 of them) start off IIBI by registering and then going to the EXPO where they interact with the vendors who may have a new game to teach about engineering, outreach activities to experience, or talks about engineering careers or programs, such as SWENext.  Whatever they choose to do, the EXPO is a favorite part of the day and the middle schoolers generally comment that they would like more time there.  Our EXPO vendors are also excited about interacting with the participants and wish more time with the girls.  97% of the vendors enjoyed interacting with the adults and children who visited their booths.  91% of the girls found the EXPO to be fun, 90% rated the EXPO highly overall, 90% saw the connection between the EXPO and what engineers do, and 89% felt the EXPO allowed them to be creative.

The middle school girls then transition to the activity room where they participate in 2 hands-on engineering activities, lunch, dancing, raffles, and presentations at the start and at the end.  The girls fill out activity meters rating the EXPO and the 2 hands-on activities.  At the end of the day, they fill out a longer survey about the event and engineering.  Some graphs of the results are given here of the longer survey showing the girls’ perception of engineering, interest in engineering, knowledge in engineering, and confidence level.

81% of the girls gave IIBI an A while 17%gave it a B.  Of the hands-on activities, 93% like the Seismic Shake-up activity while 89% liked the Helping Hand activity.  Many commented that they would not change anything about the event while others would have like to spend more time at the EXPO or on the activities.

Outreach by the Numbers

The Outreach Committee publishes the SWENextEd monthly e-newsletter as part of our efforts to increase exposure of and participation in SWE’s K-12 Educator membership and related programs. We currently have 279 SWENextEd subscribers. We also publish SWENext monthly e-newsletters that all our K-8 and 9-12 grade SWENext members receive.

We have increased to 120 registered SWENext Clubs worldwide. The Outreach Committee is developing tools and resources to support our growing SWENext Clubs program.

There are 3,930 current SWENext student members and 3,564 SWENext adult members. Our grand total is 5,645 SWENext student members since the beginning of the program. We recognize our amazing students through the SWENext Awards. In addition, we currently have 223 SWE K-12 Educator members.

Through January 2018, members reported 306 outreach events using the Outreach Metric Tool, showing an increase in entries from July to December. This brings our all-time total up to 2915 outreach events reported by SWE members.

Through January 2018, members reached 26,422 girls, bringing the all-time total up to 216,181 girls impacted by SWE members at outreach events.

2,249 SWE members volunteered for outreach events led by SWE members for FY18.  Thirty-one of those events included a Parent Educator Program.

We would like to take this opportunity to give a shout out to the following sections for all the hard work they are doing to impact girls in outreach events during FY18.  These sections are helping us know what they are doing by entering their outreach events into the OMT and helping us to attract more funding for outreach events as a result.  Please enter your outreach events into the OMT, too.  We want to hear from you.

To find out more about the data analyzed by the Assessment Workgroup of the Outreach Committee, please see our monthly Assessment Report and Region/section Report. If you have any questions, please contact Susan Mengel or Darcy Andersen, SWE Outreach Coordinator, at

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