SWE Social Media Manager Alex Duffy caught up with an all-girls team of SWENexters, Quaker Up! from Orchard Park, NY at the FIRST Lego League Championship in St. Louis.
All girls interested in engineering should join SWENext at swenext.swe.org. As a SWENexter, girls get the latest information on opportunities with partners like FIRST.
Educators working with FIRST teams can join SWE as an Educator Member. Educator Members have access to grants, SWE trainings and much more. Find out more here.
FIRST Teams interested in being sponsored by SWE can apply through FIRST here.
SWE Members interested in working with FIRST should visit here.
SWENexters not in FIRST should visit www.firstinspires.org.
SWENext is a way to become part of the Society of Women Engineers as a student through the age of 18. Become part of SWE and #BeThatEngineer! Joining is free.
Families and educators play a key role in the success of SWENexters. The SWENext program offers resources and information for adult advocates as well.
Who can be a SWENexter?
Any student 13 or older may join SWENext. For those younger than 13, a parent will need to be the primary contact.
What is FIRST Lego League?
Tomorrow’s innovators practice imaginative thinking and teamwork. Guided by adult coaches, FIRST LEGO League teams research a real-world problem such as food safety, recycling, energy, etc., and are challenged to develop a solution. They also must design, build, program a robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS® technology, then compete on a table-top playing field.*
It all adds up to tons of fun while they learn to apply science, technology, engineering, and math concepts (STEM), plus a big dose of imagination, to solve a problem. Along their discovery journey, they develop critical thinking and team-building skills, basic STEM applications, and even presentation skills, as they must present their solutions with a dash of creativity to judges. They also practice the Program’s signature Core Values.*
*From FIRST Lego League’s website