Hi, I’m Jonna Gerken, FY18 President of the Society of Women Engineers, and this is SWE’s Diverse podcast series. Please remember to add this podcast to your iTunes and like or follow us on social media. Visit swe.org for more details.
Joining me now, as part of our Women Executives in Engineering Podcast Series, is Sylvia Acevedo. She is the CEO of the Girl Scouts of the USA. She’s an author, entrepreneur, and an engineer. She’s also a member of SWE.
Thanks for joining us, Sylvia.
First tell us what sparked your interest in being an engineer?
Now, under your leadership, Girl Scouts can earn STEM badges. Tell us about those badges and SWE’s partnership with the Girl Scouts.
It’s important for girls to learn about careers in STEM. Did you know any women engineers when you decided to become one?
After working as a professional engineer, you started your own technology company and sold it.
You joined the White House Initiative for Educational Excellence for Hispanics. How is the Girl Scouts working on diversity in STEM?
Sylvia, thank you so much for joining us.
Sylvia Acevedo is CEO of the Girl Scouts.
And I’m Jonna Gerken, for all of us at SWE, thanks for listening.
Listen to more of our Women Executives in Engineering Podcast Series on SoundCloud, and learn more about SWE programs for girls below.
SWENext and SWENext DesignLab
- SWENext: SWE’s free program for K-12 Students
- SWENext Clubs
- SWENext DesignLab at WE Local conferences
Questions about DesignLab? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
SWENext DesignLab is a half-day event that will take place on Saturday, April 7 at WE Local Portland. It is an experience designed to encourage girls to choose a career in engineering. This is achieved through two congruent programs:
- Middle School Girls Program (Grades 6 – 8)
- Parent Educator Program (PEP)
All girls registered for the SWE Girls Program will participate in a hands-on engineering experience with members of the Society of Women Engineers. Participants are asked to stay for the entire program.
2018 SWENext Local Innovator Awards Program
Deadline to Apply: March 17, 2018
SWE is proud to present the 2018 SWENext Local Innovator Awards Program, recognizing the outstanding young women shaping the future of SWE by developing an engineering identity in themselves and others. The Local Innovator Awards Program celebrates those who have charted their own path in the engineering fields and who strive to elevate STEM in their community. These awards are given to SWENexters in their junior and senior years of high school. Award recipients will have built a solid foundation toward future success and fulfillment in engineering by demonstrating intellectual curiosity, enthusiasm, persistence, and leadership.
To acknowledge the obstacles faced when living outside of urban centers, the SWENext Judith Gray Innovator Award was created. In honor of Ms. Gray, this Innovator Award is given to SWENexters in rural areas. To be eligible for the SWENext Judith Gray Global Innovator Award, applicants must live in a rural area as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau. If you live outside the U.S., please contact us at email@example.com to determine eligibility.
SWENext Local Innovator Award and SWENext Judith Gray Local Innovator Award Recipients receive the following:
- Registration to one of the five WE Local conferences in 2018 for themselves and one adult chaperone
- Recognition for their accomplishments during the WE Achieve awards banquet
- A 3D printed trophy and a certificate of achievement
- Participation in the SWENext DesignLab event as an engineer’s assistant
SWE Commemorative Shirt:” This is what a future engineer looks like” and other goodies
The SWENext Local Innovator Awards Program Portland timeline is as follows:
- Application closes 3/17/2018
- Recipients announced 3/21/18
- Conference event date 4/7/2018
2018 SWENext Northrop Grumman High School Community Award
Deadline to Apply: March 17, 2018
The SWENext Northrop Grumman High School Community Award Program encourages students to use STEM to solve real-world problems. This award emphasizes the impact SWENexters can have in their communities through creative engineering. The problems are chosen by SWE members and represent ongoing and future concerns in the student’s community. Freshman through senior high school SWENexters are eligible to participate. The award recipients are selected by SWE members.
Sponsored by Northrop Grumman, this award is meant to get the Portland community involved in and excited about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).
For this award, a poster must be submitted that examines a problem in your community and proposes a solution using STEM to ONE of the two following prompts:
PROMPT 1: Homelessness increased 8% to upwards of 18% as measured in major West Coast cities like Portland, Vancouver, Seattle in 2016 to early 2017. This complicated problem and humanitarian crisis not only affects the people who face homelessness, but also the city and its residents who live side by side with the homeless and unsheltered population. Many residents want to help, but struggle to define innovative and cost-effective solutions. How can cities like Portland and Vancouver use science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to reduce the suffering homelessness brings and/or help to decrease the homeless population? Design a poster to describe your proposed solution.
PROMPT 2: Portland has the distinction of being within the top 15 cities in the US for the worst road congestion. In 2016 there were nearly 7% more cars on the road than the previous year and that number is expected to increase as population growth continues over the next decade. Road and bridge capacity are maxed out and new road and bridge projects are de-prioritized over the need for maintenance of the aging infrastructure. What solutions do you envision using science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to alleviate the road congestion problem now and mitigate the future impact? Design a poster to describe your proposed solution.
SWENext High School Community Award Recipients receive the following:
- Participation in the SWENext DesignLab event as engineer’s assistant
- A trophy and certificate of achievement
- Participation in Community Award poster presentations where they will present their poster to middle school girls, parents, educators, and professional engineers.
- SWE Commemorative Shirt:” This is what a future engineer looks like” and some goodies.
Applications will be open through: March 17, 2018