Outreach News You Can Use – April 2018
As the busy outreach season begins to wrap up, the Outreach Committee wants to hear from YOU about the events that you or your section have participated in during FY18. Please report all of your outreach efforts (SWE-run, individual efforts, events held with a partner organization) in SWE’s Outreach Metric Tool. If you’re looking for new ways to source funding for outreach activities this spring or in FY19, check out the resources created during the second Wow! Innovation Challenge.
We are also starting to look ahead to WE18, with the launch of the 2018 SWENext Clubs Challenge, Global Innovator Awards Program and Invent It. Build It. registration opening. Thank you for all you do to communicate the importance and impact of engineers to K-12 students and their adult influencers!
FY18 SWE Outreach Committee Chair
Learn How to Raise Funds for Outreach Events from Other SWE Members
As you may recall, Wow! Innovation Challenge #2 challenged SWE members to share how they raise funds for outreach events through identifying funding sources and raising funds to meet a target. The Hartford professional section won the challenge, and we hope you have had a chance to view their best practices and implement them in your own activities!
We had many other submissions with great resources that SWE members can use, such as:
- New York State Capital District shared a donation request letter template that SWE sections can use.
- Drexel University focuses on the importance of financial assistance and on building and maintaining relationships with sponsors.
- Santa Clara Valley shares how you can start an online crowdfunding site to help fund your outreach activities.
We hope you enjoy reading these other entries and continue to stay tuned to what the SWE Wow! Innovation Challenge has to offer!
The next Wow! Innovation Challenge launched earlier this week, and submissions will be accepted until May 21, 2018. Learn more and submit here for a chance to win $1,000 for SWE outreach activities
SWENext Award Applications Open for WE18
- Rising junior and senior high school SWENexters (juniors and seniors in high school as of October 2018) are invited to apply for our SWENext Global Innovator Award. This award recognizes the outstanding young women shaping the future of SWE by developing an engineering identity in themselves and others. This award includes travel assistance and applicants do not need to live in Minneapolis to be eligible.
- Rising freshman and sophomore SWENexters (freshmen and sophomores in high school as of October 2018) are invited to apply for our SWENext Northrop Grumman High School Community Award.This award encourages students to use STEM to solve real-world problems. This award does not include travel assistance and applicants do not need to live in Minneapolis to be eligible.
Encourage SWENexters in your area to learn more and apply here.Applications for both programs are due by July 31, 2018.
SWENext Clubs Challenge
The theme for WE18 is “Let’s Break Boundaries”. With this in mind, SWE is challenging SWENext clubs to celebrate women engineers who have broken boundaries, and break a few of their own! The 2018 SWENext Clubs challenge is open and accepting submissions! Participating clubs will:
- Choose an engineering discipline;
- Design a poster showing a woman engineer broke boundaries in that discipline, and
- Create a short demonstration incorporating that discipline for middle school students.
Submit a video giving a brief club overview, information on the woman engineer featured in the poster, and show your club members giving the engineering demo along and explaining what the middle school students will learn from it.
The winning SWENext Club will receive the following:
- An all-expenses paid trip to WE18 in Minneapolis, MN for four club members and one adult SWE advisor/chaperone
- SWENext Club workshop for WE18 conference attendees
- Booth space to showcase their winning demonstration & poster at the Invent It. Build It. Expo
- 3D printed trophy & certificate of achievement for the club
- $500 stipend for future SWENext Club projects
- World-wide recognition for the club’s accomplishments on the SWENext website
- Commemorative SWE shirts: “Watch Me Change the World” and other goodies for the whole club
Invent It. Build It. Registration Open
SWE is delighted to host the 9th annual Invent It. Build It. event on Saturday, October 20th, 2018 in Minneapolis, MN, along with our partners – Girl Scouts, WGBH’s Design Squad Global, Techbridge and the ExxonMobil Foundation. All participants spend the morning exploring the STEM EXPO learning about engineering clubs, after-school programs, camps and competitions from a wide variety of exhibitors. In the afternoon, participants participate in one of three tracks:
- Middle School Girls Program for girls in grades 6-8
- High School Program for girls in grades 9-12
- Parent & Educator Program for parents, educators, Girl Scout troop leaders and adult advocates
Are you a SWE member interested in volunteering at Invent It. Build It. this year? Don’t forget to opt-in to volunteer when you register for WE18. More information will be available for volunteers in the coming weeks.
March 2018 Outreach Metric Tool Feature
Each month, one entry submitted to the Outreach Metric Tool is randomly selected to win $100 for a future outreach event! The University of Minnesota was selected as the winner of the March drawing for their event SWEekend at the U. Share your outreach efforts with SWE here to be entered for a chance to win $100 for your section.
Kelsey Harper, section president at the University of Minnesota, shared this description of the event:
On March 27th and 28th, the Society of Women Engineers and the College of Science Engineering at the University of Minnesota hosted the second annual SWEekend at the U. SWEekend at the U is an overnight recruiting event for female high school seniors who have been accepted to the U but not yet enrolled. The goal of the event is to solidify student interest in STEM majors and introduce the students to SWE at the collegiate level.
During the event, participants had the opportunity to meet College of Science and Engineering faculty, engage with current U of M SWE members and leaders, and experience several campus resources such as undergraduate laboratories and a residence hall tour. Students got to ask questions about majors, collegiate life, research and internships. Attendees were reminded about SWENext and scholarships for incoming freshmen, and encouraged to seek out SWE sections wherever they attend college. The event was sponsored by Target and Medtronic.
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 and newsletter subscription
- SWENext Clubs
- SWENext DesignLab at WE Local conferences
- Outreach Metric Tool - share your Outreach Events with SWE!
- Program Development Grants - help fund your Outreach Event
- SWE Outreach Incubator Facebook Group