SWE K-12 Outreach – News You Can Use for April

As you wrap up your programs for the year, the SWE Outreach Committee would like to thank you for all the K-12 Outreach you’ve done.
Apply for a SWENext Award!

We’re reaching the end of “Outreach Season.” As you wrap up your programs for the year, the Outreach Committee would like to thank you for all the K-12 Outreach you’ve done.

It’s time to recognize and reward your efforts!

So in this issue:

  • Applying for SWE’s Outreach AwardsTips for you
  • WOW! Innovation ChallengeEarn money for your Outreach program by sharing your best practices
  • SWE Outreach GoalsWe met both goals! Update and Links

Applying for SWE’s Outreach Awards

Each year, SWE presents Outreach Awards to professional & collegiate sections and MALs/International affiliates in three distinct categories:

  • Event/Series Programming
  • Programming with a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Partner, such as FIRST, Girls Incorporated, and Girl Scouts of the USA.
  • Parent and/or Educator Programming (PEP).

The submission packets aren’t available yet, but when they are, you can get them here.

Want the inside track on the judging and scoring process? Listen to the Voices From the Field webinar, Applying for Outreach Awards on Wednesday, April 20, 2016, from 1:00 – 2:00 PM Eastern.

Sign up for the webinar here.

Don’t have time for the webinar? Here are some things that the judges look for in the applications:

  • Student interaction with women engineers/collegiates from a variety of backgrounds/industries
  • Engagement with hands-on activities
  • Introducing attendees to the creative, innovative, global nature of engineering careers to facilitate a change in attitude about engineering
  • Building self-confidence and critical thinking skills in the attendees
  • Strong planning efforts
  • Continuing the conversation through resources and links to other community, nationwide, and global STEM organizations
  • Having a variety of advertising sources used in pre- and post-event communication/publicity
  • If there’s a partner organization, encouraging collaboration between SWE and that partner
  • For PEP programs, exposure to financial aid / college admission process / courses to take / career opportunities.

The award submissions will be due by July 1, 2016.

We’d like to congratulate last year’s Outreach Award winners:

  • California State University – Chico
  • Northwestern University
  • Texas A&M University
  • Mid-Michigan
  • Kansas City
  • Humboldt State University
  • University of Utah
  • University of Michigan
  • New England Shoreline
  • Central Illinois
  • Kettering University B
  • University of Illinois
  • Dallas

WOW! Innovation Challenge

Need money for Outreach? Take the Wow! Innovation Challenge!

Share your unique and creative approach to the challenge question and you could win a $500 Outreach stipend for your section/MAL.

This month’s challenge:
Volunteers are crucial to the success of outreach events. How does your section / MAL manage and attract volunteers for outreach events? How do you make the experience meaningful and worthwhile for volunteers, from the moment they are recruited until after the event is complete?

Please draw on your experiences from past outreach events that can be duplicated by other sections or MALs, and feel free to include any other best practices pertaining to volunteer management.

Submit a short webinar/video, PowerPoint, or Snapguide describing your approach to the competition question. Submissions must be received by 11:59 PM Central Time on Friday, May 6.

Apply here.

Congratulations to the last challenge winner, the Central Illinois section, for their innovative approach to Partnering with External Organizations. You can see their winning entry here.

Questions? Check out our Wow! Innovation Challenge FAQs or contact Kate Nolan.

SWE Outreach Goals – Update and Links

There are two Outreach goals on the Society’s scorecard this year.

  • SWENext Goal: 2500 students (18 years and younger) signed up.
    We’ve exceeded our goal, and are currently at 2854 SWENexters. Great job to all in encouraging girls to sign up!
    Please continue distributing the SWENext flyer at your Outreach events. You can learn more about SWENext at swenext.swe.org.
  • Outreach Metric Tool Goal: 750 entries. We just met our goal today!!! We currently have 752 entries. Thanks to sections H001, Chicago Regional, and H080, University of Wisconsin – Madison, for entering your events today and taking us over the top!

Please continue to report your K-12 STEM Outreach here. It’s quick and easy to do. Thanks!

Questions? Comments?

If you ever have any questions or comments about K-12 Outreach, please contact me at outreach-chair@swe.org.

Or, join the SWE Outreach Incubator Facebook group. Sign up here.

This is a closed Facebook group where SWE members can share outreach ideas, ask questions, share resources, and collaborate on ideas. We also encourage you to share your events, post pictures, videos, best practices, and quotes from your participants.

Thanks for the K-12 Outreach you do!

See you next time!

Mary T. Zeis
SWE Outreach Committee – Chair

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