Can you believe that WE17 is just a few short weeks away? In this installment of News You Can Use, you’ll find information about outreach-specific events and workshops at WE17, as well as other outreach opportunities that your section can participate in throughout FY18.
Volunteer at Invent It. Build It. at WE17
Invent It. Build It. is SWE’s signature outreach event, which brings over 1,000 middle school & high school girls, parents, and educators to the SWE conference venue for a unique all-day outreach event with hands-on activities, speakers, access to STEM- and girl-focused organizations, and more! We are still looking for more afternoon and all-day volunteers on the day of the event (Saturday, October 28). A volunteer training webinar will be provided to all volunteers prior to the event. Volunteers must be able to attend the entire shift they sign up for.
Sign up for a shift here: http://societyofwomenengineers.volunteerlocal.com/volunteer/?id=23053
Volunteers at Invent It. Build It. will receive a discount on next year’s conference registration (WE18 in Minneapolis).
Read more about Invent it. Build it. and more about WE17. For questions about volunteering at Invent It. Build It., check out the Invent It. Build It. Frequently Asked Questions or
contact Kate Nolan.
Outreach Committee Workshops at WE17
Did you know that the Outreach Committee has a wide variety of free programs available to SWE members and supporters? The Outreach Committee will be presenting the following sessions at WE17:
- Thursday, 2-3 PM – SWENext & FIRST: Formula for Success (Mary Isaac & Mary Zeis)
- Friday, 10-11 AM – Add a Little PEP (Parents & Educators Programs) to Your K-12 Outreach Event! (Mary Zeis)
- Friday, 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM – SWE Outreach Committee Open House (Kate Nolan & Outreach Committee Leaders)
- Friday, 1-2:30 PM – Role Models Matter (Mary Isaac)
- Friday, 2:45-3:45 PM – Educators: Accelerating SWE into the Future (Debra Kimberling & Sadaf Qazi)
- Friday, 4-5 PM – Building an Assessment Program for K-12 Outreach (Susan Mengel)
- Friday, 4-5 PM – SWENext Clubs – What’s Next? (Kaelee Mader)
Learn more about the presentation content (and room locations) by logging into the WE17 conference planner.
Volunteer at the WE17 Collegiate Leadership Institute
The Collegiate Leadership Institute needs professional SWE members at WE17! Do you remember when you attended your first professional networking event? Help our future SWE leaders avoid that stage fright by building their networking skills in a safe environment! (Maybe even pick up some tips yourself.) Meet 6 Collegiate Leadership Institute students in a facilitated networking experience.
Thursday, October 26, 11:45am – 12:30pm
Location: Hilton Austin (just across 4th Street from the Austin Convention Center)
RSVP for this volunteer opportunity here (must be a SWE professional member to participate): https://we17studentleadershipprograms.eventbrite.com
Invite SWENexters To Your STEM Outreach Event!
Did you know that you can promote your STEM Outreach event to the SWENexters in your area? It’s easy! Here’s how:
- Fill out the form at this link: http://societyofwomenengineers.swe.org/page/5147-swenext-events
- Allow at least two weeks for processing before emails are sent to SWENexters. Plan early!
Participate in the SWENext Collegiate Section Video Challenge
One of the most frequently-asked questions by high school SWENexters is, “How do I select a college that is the best fit for me?” The SWENext Collegiate Video Competition is a way to begin recruiting SWENexters with a personal view of your university! Collegiate sections are encouraged to create a 3-minute video about your university, SWE section, and engineering school.
All videos meeting eligibility requirements will be posted on the SWENext website, along with a link to your collegiate section’s website or Facebook page. The top three winning sections (as chosen by the Outreach Committee & SWENexters) will receive an Outreach stipend and SWENext goodies for future outreach efforts!
All videos must be received by October 30. The winners will be announced in January 2018.
Learn more and submit an entry: https://alltogether.swe.org/2017/08/enter-swenext-collegiate-video-competition/
Do You Have Questions about SWENext?
SWENext is SWE’s free program for K-12 students. If you have any questions about SWENext, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. We have a work group of 12 SWE member volunteers, striving to make the SWENext program even better. We appreciate your comments and questions!
August 2017 Outreach Metric Tool Drawing Winner
Each month, new entries in the Outreach Metric Tool are eligible to win $100 for a future outreach event! In FY18, we will feature a winner in each edition of News You Can Use. Share your outreach events with SWE in the Outreach Metric Tool.
Congratulations to the Eastern Nebraska section for winning the August 2017 Outreach Metric Tool drawing, for Pink Hardhat Days for Girls Camp.
Dr. Terri Norton, SWE – Eastern Nebraska member and Associate Professor of Construction Engineering at the Durham School of Architectural Engineering & Construction at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, created Pink Hardhat Days for Girls Camp to encourage girls to be leaders, engineers, and builders. Now in its 5th year, the camp brings together students grades 9-12 from Omaha, Lincoln and Hastings area high schools, industry professionals and representatives from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) in a collaborative environment for a 3 days of hands-on learning, tours and technical presentations. The camp hosts on average 25 students each year at the UNL Durham School to engage students and female mentors as they share experiences and learn about fields of construction and engineering. This year, students learned about the Buffet Cancer Center construction project, the Children’s Medical Center construction project, opportunities for civil engineers in the space industry, and toured the South Omaha Waste Treatment plant. Dr. Norton credits her sponsors for being able to impact youth in the local community.
Congratulations, SWE – Eastern Nebraska!
Thank you for all you do for outreach!
FY18 Outreach Committee Chair
Outreach Links You Can Use:
K-12 Outreach resources for SWE members
SWENext: SWE’s Free Program for K-12 Students
SWE K-12 Educator Membership + Newsletter Subscription
Invent it. Build it.
Outreach Metric Tool – Share Your Outreach Events with SWE!
Program Development Grants – Help Fund Your Outreach Event
SWE Outreach Incubator Facebook Group