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K-12 Outreach SWE Counts Newsletter – April 2018

In this newsletter, we will share some parent/educator program highlights from IIBI.  Some of the material shared here is from the IIBI 2017 Evaluation Report produced by the Concord Evaluation Group. 

Published On: April 2018

Welcome to the April Assessment Workgroup SWE Counts Newsletter! In our last newsletter, we shared on some high 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 parent/educator 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 Parent Educator Program

Parents and educators are a great resource to encourage young girls to consider a career in engineering.  They appreciate the perspective of people who are practicing engineers and the opportunity to ask tough questions about the engineering field.  They enjoy the hands-on activities and want resources that they can use to help the kids with engineering.  The 92 adults had a hands-on activity called Safe Landing.  They rated this activity very highly – 65.7% as an A and 19.4% as a B.

The parents and educators also enjoyed the EXPO and interacted with the vendors on various activities.  They rated the EXPO – 66.3% as an A and 20.6% as a B and commented along with the girls that they would have liked more time there.  The favorite roving role model demos at the EXPO included helicopter, robot, biomedical engineering, Lego airplane, and water filter.

Overall, 78% gave IIBI an A and 21% a B.  95% agreed that IIBI helped them to learn where to find resources for children, 95% felt empowered to help girls become an engineer someday, 97% felt IIBI helped them to feel well-equipped to talk to girls about a career in engineering, 89% thought that IIBI taught me activities I can do with girls, 94% thought that IIBI helped them understand what engineers do, 97% agreed that they had a chance to meet professional engineers during the event, and 98% agreed they had fun at IIBI.  Things they learned at IIBI that they did not know before included learning about the wide range of engineering disciplines and resources available.

The parents and educators also had 2 panel presentations.  The first panel, “Why Engineering?”, was rated by 74.7% as an A and 20.9% as a B.  The parents and the educators were then split apart for two separate panels: one on “Preparing for Engineering Success” which was rated by 56.2% as an A and 26.2% as a B, and the other on “SWENext:  Building the Next Generation of Engineers” which was rated by 45% as an A and 22.4% as a B.

The high ratings given to the activities in the middle school girls, high school girls, and parent/educator programs are due to an amazing SWE volunteer and SWE staff effort.  We appreciate all that you do for IIBI, WE Local DesignLab, and for the many other outreach events that you do.  You are making it possible to encourage young girls to have a career in engineering!

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 331 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 136 registered SWENext Clubs worldwide. The Outreach Committee is developing tools and resources to support our growing SWENext Clubs program.

There are 4,141 current SWENext student members and 3,844 SWENext adult members. Our grand total is 5,857 SWENext student members since the beginning of the program. We recognize our amazing students through the SWENext Awards. In addition, we currently have 244 SWE K-12 Educator members.

Through March 2018, members reported 465 outreach events using the Outreach Metric Tool, showing an increase in entries from July to February. This brings our all-time total up to 3074 outreach events reported by SWE members.


Through March 2018, members reached 35,176 girls, bringing the all-time total up to 224,935 girls impacted by SWE members at outreach events.

3,413 SWE members volunteered for outreach events led by SWE members for FY18.  Forty-seven of those events included a Parent Educator Program.

We would like to take this opportunity to give a shout out to the following sections in the table below for all the hard work they are doing to impact girls, parents, and educators in K-12 outreach events during FY18 and for entering their K-12 outreach events into the Outreach Metric Tool (enter your K-12 outreach events at this link).  They are our best advertisement to let people know that SWE is actively reaching out to kids to help them understand what a great career choice engineering can be.  They help SWE attract more funding for our organization because many organizations and funding agencies want to partner with us as a result of our effective K-12 outreach work.  Please enter your K-12 outreach events where you or your section participated whether ones you led or ones in which you were a part of a larger team.  We need the actual K-12 outreach event information after it has occurred and we appreciate your extra care to avoid duplicate entries.  Thank you for all that you do!

Every month, we choose an entry at random from the OMT survey entries to win $100 that is sent to the sponsoring SWE section to help fund future outreach events.  Congratulations to our past winners!

Sections who have reported K-12 outreach events in the past, please enter your events into the OMT for this FY18 year.  We need you!

A:  1, 3, 4, 5, 8, 51, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 59, 60, 61, 62
B:  2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, 11, 12, 49, 54, 64, 65, 66, 69, 70, 71, 76, 79, 80
C:  2, 6, 50, 52, 54, 56, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 70, 73, 79, 86
D:  2, 4, 7, 8, 11, 12, 18, 23, 24, 25, 49, 51, 54, 60, 66, 69, 70, 72, 75, 76, 83
E:  4, 5, 7, 10, 13, 49, 55, 56, 57, 68, 72, 80, 81, 82, 90, 93, 98, 106, 114
F:  2, 7, 8, 9, 50, 52, 54, 58, 59, 79, 81, 84, 85
G:  52, 56, 60, 65, 75, 76, 77, 80
H:  3, 5, 11, 13, 15, 18, 49, 50, 53, 62, 64, 69, 74, 78, 81, 82, 83, 85, 90, 93, 98, 99, 101
I:  1, 6, 7, 9, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 62, 68, 72
J:  5, 51, 59, 60, 69, 70, 72
Z:  7, 51

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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