Outreach News You Can Use – January 2018

Find opportunities to fund SWE outreach events and ways to engage with SWENexters at outreach events.

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Outreach News You Can Use – January 2018

In this edition of Outreach News You Can Use, you’ll find opportunities to fund SWE outreach events (and share your best practices for funding!) and ways to engage with SWENexters at outreach events. If you have any questions about these items or other SWE outreach resources, please reach out to or

In this edition:

  • Inspire future engineers at a SWENext DesignLab near you
  • Fund your Outreach Events with help from SWE program development grants
  • Win $1,000 for Outreach through SWE’s Wow! Innovation Challenge
  • Promote your Outreach Events to local SWENexters
  • Nominations for PAEMST
  • Congratulations to November and December Outreach Metric Tool drawing winners

Inspire future engineers at a SWENext DesignLab near you

This year, SWENext DesignLab will be held at each of the five WE Local conferences, to encourage girls to choose a career in engineering. During the half-day program, middle school students work with SWE member attendees (that’s you!) to complete hands-on engineering activities, while parents and educators learn about engineering careers, scholarships, college admissions, and other resources. Help us make this experience rewarding and fulfilling by volunteering at a SWENext DesignLab event:

Fund Your Outreach Events with help from SWE Program Development Grants

Through generous funding from the ExxonMobil Foundation, micro-grants are available to support the strategic activities of SWE organizations (sections, members-at-large, society committees, and affiliates), including STEM outreach targeted to K-12 students and their adult influencers (predominantly parents and educators). All grant requests must be at least $250, and your event must occur at least 45 days after the deadline you are applying to.

To learn more about Program Development Grants (PDGs) and how to apply, visit the PDG homepage. Check out PDG Frequently Asked Questions here. For any additional questions, please reach out to

Win $1,000 for outreach through SWE’s Wow! Innovation Challenge

We want to hear from YOU – how does your SWE organization (professional section, collegiate section, affiliate, members-at-large) raise funds for outreach events? How do you identify funding sources and successfully raise the funds to meet your required expenses?

Submit a video, Powerpoint, or Snapguide sharing how you raise funds for SWE outreach events by 11:59 PM CT on Monday, February 12, 2018.

The winning SWE organization will receive a $1,000 outreach stipend, recognition on SWE social media, and resources will be posted to to share with other SWE members. While individuals, sections, and members at large are encouraged to apply, all stipend checks will be made out to a section or MAL organization.

Learn more and apply here. Questions? Visit the Wow! Innovation Challenge FAQ or contact Veronica Robertson.

Promote your Outreach Events to local SWENexters

If you are planning an outreach event, make sure to send an invitation to the SWENexters in your area as soon as possible, so you can get it on their calendars. It’s easy! Here’s how:

  • Fill out this form with information about your event and who should attend.
  • Allow at least two weeks for processing before emails are sent to SWENexters. Plan early!

Nominations for PAEMST

The 2018 cycle of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) is in full swing and we need your help! Today, the PAEMST team is launching our 2018 Nomination Drive.

We hope that you will help us spread the word about PAEMST by sharing information with your network of members and encouraging them to nominate a teacher or apply themselves.

Nominations can be submitted here. The nomination deadline is April 1, 2018, and the application deadline is May 1, 2018.

Click here for some sample Facebook and Twitter posts that you can share on social media. We also encourage you to access the NSF Facebook andTwitter pages and share the nomination drive posts from NSF throughout the week.

Email questions about the program or the nomination process to or 855-723-6780.

Congratulations to Outreach Metric Tool winners

Each month, events submitted in SWE’s Outreach Metric Tool are eligible to win $100 for a future outreach event! Share your outreach events with SWE via the Outreach Metric Tool for your chance to win and be featured in an upcoming issue of Outreach News You Can Use.

Congratulations to Iowa State University SWE (H058), who won the November drawing for their recurring event, After School Activities. Julia Fox, After School Activities Program Chair, shared this description of their program:

Julia Fox, along with other Iowa State SWE volunteers, coordinated After School Activities this past semester. Volunteers went to an elementary school in Ames every Wednesday and organized STEM activities to do with the students for an hour. All activities were planned, supplies were bought, and instructions were prepared prior to each week of After School Activities. The students worked alone or in groups of 2, 3, or 4, depending on the activity that week. Most activities involved planning, building, and testing a specific hypothesis relevant to the day’s craft. A few examples of activities we did include marble runs, egg drops, homemade ice cream, and lava lamps. Overall, Iowa State SWE Outreach program strives to make an impact on the youth of central Iowa. We try to encourage interest in science and engineering in as many ways as we can.

Congratulations to University of Rhode Island SWE (F064), who won the December drawing for their event, Engineering with the URI Society of Women Engineers. Maeve Story, URI SWE section outreach chair, shared this description of their program:

We met with a local Girl Scouts troop and completed a gumdrop-textbook challenge with them. The girls were about 10 years old and had individual time with each SWE student. First, we introduced them to what engineers do in general and the various fields of engineering. We discussed their interests and the environmental problems their troop had dealt with. Then we discussed with them about what kinds of shapes they could make and which would hold the most weight. The girls had original ideas and were very enthusiastic! The SWE members connected with them easily and everyone had fun.

Thank you for all you do for outreach!

Kate Nolan
FY18 Outreach Committee Chair

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