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SWE K-12 Outreach SWE Counts Newsletter – March 2018

In this SWE Counts newsletter, we will share some high school girl program highlights from Invent It. Build It. from WE17 in October.

Published On: March 2018

Welcome to the March Assessment Workgroup Newsletter, SWE Counts! In our last newsletter, we shared some middle school girl program highlights from the Invent It. Build It. (IIBI) outreach event that took place on October 28, 2017, at WE 17.  In this newsletter, we will share some high school girl program highlights from IIBI.  Some of the material shared here is from the IIBI 2017 Evaluation Report produced by the Concord Evaluation Group.  We want to thank everyone who made this event possible:  the participants, SWE volunteers, SWE role models, EXPO vendors, SWE staff members, the Austin Convention Center, the ExxonMobil Foundation, Girl Scouts of the USA, and Design Squad Global.

IIBI High School Girls Program

The high school girls are very inquisitive and discerning and would like more meaningful information about engineering that they can use and understand.  While fun activities are fine, they want more science along with them and Ariel Biggs of Ariel Biggs Racing was able to deliver that to them.  The 113 high school girls had a challenging activity called the Shock Absorber Activity led by Ariel.  It kept the attention of the girls who concentrated on what they were doing and appreciated the enthusiasm of Ariel.  They rated this activity very highly – 63% as an A and 26% as a B.

Earlier in the day, the girls went to the EXPO and interacted with the vendors on various activities.  They rated the EXPO – 67% as an A and 21% as a B and commented that they would have liked more time there.

Overall, 59% gave IIBI an A and 34% a B.  86% reported that they knew their families supported their interest in engineering, 85% reported that their friends would support their interest in engineering, 76% reported they saw a connection between their interests and a career in engineering, and 77% agreed that the role models inspired them to consider a career in engineering.

The high school girls collected the role model trading cards collecting at least one of them to over ten of them.  Each role model had a card that they would give to girls who requested them and gave a small demo activity to those standing around them.  Each card had the type of engineer of the role model, a fun fact about the role model, and how to keep in touch with the role model.  The bouncy ball demo was the favorite of many followed by the industrial engineering demo, the robot demo, and the biomedical engineering demo.

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 307 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 131 registered SWENext Clubs worldwide. The Outreach Committee is developing tools and resources to support our growing SWENext Clubs program.

There are 4,052 current SWENext student members and 3,715 SWENext adult members. Our grand total is 5,767 SWENext student members since the beginning of the program. We recognize our amazing students through the SWENext Awards. In addition, we currently have 230 SWE K-12 Educator members.

Through February 2018, members reported 379 outreach events using the Outreach Metric Tool, showing an increase in entries from July to February. This brings our all-time total up to 2988 outreach events reported by SWE members.

Through February 2018, members reached 29,771 girls, bringing the all-time total up to 219,530 girls impacted by SWE members at outreach events.

2,790 SWE members volunteered for outreach events led by SWE members for FY18.  Forty-two 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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