In this issue of Outreach News You Can Use, you’ll find exciting news about SWENext (and how you can help us recruit more SWENexters!), ways to get involved with SWE outreach at the upcoming WELocal conferences in Portland and Providence, and everything you need to know about the current Wow! Innovation Challenge.
Don’t forget to tell the Outreach Committee about all of the great STEM outreach that you are doing, using the Outreach Metric Tool. We have a goal of impacting 85,000 girls through interactions with SWE members in FY18!
Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
FY18 Outreach Committee Chair
Wow! Innovation Challenge #3 Open for Submissions – Win $1000 For Outreach
SWE is all about promoting diversity and inclusion and celebrating individuality. Most people believe you need to be a woman in engineering to join and support SWE, but in fact we have and need diverse members and advocates who add to our mission!
For Wow! Innovation Challenge #3, we would love to hear all the ways your section is able to increase participation of both women in engineering and those who support us from other backgrounds. This could be through partnerships with organizations like NSBE, SHPE, and AISES, through event marketing, or outreach event components that have a focus on diversity.
We want to hear about your creative ideas, activities, and measures of success that reflect that SWE is a group who celebrates and includes anyone from any background!
Wow! Innovation Challenge #3 is open for submissions through April 2, 2018 @ 11:59 PM.
Help Us Recruit More SWENexters
Did you know that 950 SWENexters will be graduating from high school this year? We need your help to recruit younger students to take their place. SWENext is a way for students 18 years and younger to become a part of SWE before college. Joining is free!
The SWENext program provides monthly newsletters, at-home engineering activities, an advice column, scholarship information, and much more. Plus, high school SWENexters are invited to apply for awards that are given out at SWE conferences, including the Global and Local Innovator Awards and the Northrop Grumman Community Award.
Not sure how to get started in recruiting SWENexters? Check out "10 Ways to Recruit SWENexters" for ideas. Make it a “campaign” for all your section members to get involved.
SWENext Facebook Page Launch
SWE has officially launched a public Facebook page for SWENext. This new page provides content on everything SWENext has to offer – including contests, scholarships, engineering events, and more. Like SWENext on Facebook, and don’t forget to share with future engineers, parents, and educators!
Inspire Future Engineers at a SWENext DesignLab Near You
SWENext DesignLab is a half-day program held at each of the WE Local conferences, where 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. This year, we have held SWENext DesignLab events at the WE Local conferences in Tulsa, Phoenix, and Milwaukee. Check out photos on Flickr. Help us make this experience rewarding and fulfilling by volunteering at one of the remaining SWENext DesignLab events:
Portland: Saturday, April 7
Sign up to volunteer at SWENext DesignLab in Portland.
Providence: Saturday, April 21
Sign up to volunteer at SWENext DesignLab in Providence.
Questions about DesignLab? Contact email@example.com.
Outreach Metric Tool Drawing Winner Spotlight: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Have you or your section participated in STEM outreach in FY18? Don’t forget to tell us about it using the Outreach Metric Tool – it’s easy! Preview the questions here. Each month, one entry submitted in the Outreach Metric Tool is randomly selected to win $100 for a future outreach event.
Congratulations to the SWE section at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, that won the February drawing for participating in a demonstration at Robert C. Parker School. RPI provided this description of the event:
Every Friday morning, the students, parents, and faculty from the Robert C. Parker School gather for their weekly assemblies. The Parker school is a private school in North Greenbush, NY that focuses on project-based learning. As the school continues to promote STEM in their education, they called upon the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute SWE Outreach Committee to plan a demonstration for an assembly. Kennedy Cronk and Allison Daboval (from RPI SWE) visited the school and demonstrated the decomposition reaction of hydrogen peroxide catalyzed by yeast, otherwise known as the elephant toothpaste demonstration. This demo is conducted by adding yeast to a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and dish soap in a bottle. When the peroxide decomposes into water and oxygen, the gas gets trapped in the soap and forms bubbles, which makes the bottle look like an exploding toothpaste tube, big enough for an elephant!
Outreach Links You Can Use
K-12 Outreach Resources for SWE Members
SWENext: SWE's Free Program for K-12 Students
SWENext on Facebook
SWE K-12 Educator Membership + Newsletter Subscription
SWENext DesignLab at WELocal Conferences
Outreach Metric Tool - Share Your Outreach Events with SWE!
Program Development Grants - Help Fund Your Outreach Event
SWE Outreach Incubator Facebook Group