As “outreach season” comes to a close and academic calendars wrap up, it’s time to start planning for next year! This issue of Outreach News You Can Use includes information about the new guides available to SWENext Clubs, SWENext Awards Program, volunteering at Invent it. Build it., and how to share (and be recognized for) your outreach events and initiatives.
Questions about these or other SWE outreach initiatives? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
New SWENext Club Guides available for SWE Sections, K-12 educators and funding
Perhaps you’re aware of a SWENext Club in your area or would like to assist one, but aren’t sure how to get started. SWENext Club Guides are now available for SWE sections and K-12 educators, to better define roles and ways to be involved. Already involved with a club, and looking for ways to get funding for club activities? Check out the new guide for funding SWENext Clubs.
Questions? Contact email@example.com.
SWENext Awards Program
Do you know an outstanding high school SWENexter? Applications are now open for SWENext Awards! Recipients will be recognized at WE18 in Minneapolis, MN.
Rising juniors and seniors (11th & 12th grade as of October 2018) are eligible to apply for the SWENext Global Innovator Award. This award includes travel assistance. Applicants do not need to live in Minneapolis to be eligible.
Rising freshmen and sophomores (9th & 10th grade as of October 2018) are invited to apply for the SWENext Northrop Grumman High School Community Award. This award does not include travel assistance. Applicants do not need to live in Minneapolis to be eligible.
Visit here to learn more about the award package requirements, recognition and past winners.
Applications for both awards will be accepted until July 31, 2018.
Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enter the final FY18 Wow! Innovation Challenge
The final FY18 Wow! Innovation Challenge is accepting submissions through May 21 with a cut off time of 11:59 p.m. CT. For this challenge, we want to know how you and your section use funds raised or materials donated for outreach events. How have you stretched your funding and made the most of a limited budget? What are some of the activities those resources were used for
Share your outreach efforts and be entered for a chance to win!
Each month, SWE selects one entry from the Outreach Metric Tool to win $100 for outreach. Have you entered in your section’s FY18 outreach efforts? It’s easy! SWE members can also report individual outreach efforts and participation in outreach events hosted by partner organizations.
Thank you to the sections who have entered in events so far this year – check out your standing in the Outreach Metric Tool Hall of Fame in the SWE Counts monthly newsletter. Congratulations to SWE Central Illinois, which has entered 31 events so far in FY18!
The Outreach Committee is delighted to recognize the SWE section at Mississippi State University as the winner of the April drawing, for their participation in Girl Scout Camp. Katie Kovach, Outreach & Volunteer Chair, shared this description of the event:
Volunteers from Mississippi State University worked alongside local Girl Scout troop leaders from the greater Mississippi area to run an engineering-centered day camp for kindergarten through third graders. Campers participated in STEM-related activities, including making cardboard gliders and boxcars. Each activity went towards earning a new series of STEM-based badges. Girl Scout curriculum encourages learning by doing, so each activity involved hands-on participation. Ninety-six girls attended the event this year, and leaders hope to make the camp an annual event.
The Mississippi State University section of SWE also participates in a tutoring and mentorship program for middle schoolers through Christian World Missions. Each week, members tutor students individually and build meaningful relationships with local youth.
Questions about the Outreach Metric Tool? Contact Susan Mengel.
Volunteer at Invent it. Build it. in Minneapolis
Are you planning to attend WE18 in Minneapolis this fall? Are you passionate about STEM outreach? Join us as a volunteer at Invent it. Build it., SWE’s signature outreach event for girls. Now in its 9th year, this event brings over 1,000 middle and high school girls, parents, and educators to SWE’s Annual Conference for a unique all-day outreach event with hands-on activities, speakers, access to STEM- and girl-focused organizations, and more!
When you register for WE18, check “Invent it. Build it. Volunteer” on your registration to receive more information about volunteering. Shift sign-ups will become available this summer. We need over 400 volunteers to make the day a success.
Questions about volunteering at Invent it. Build it.? Contact Kate Nolan, Volunteer Coordinator.
Thanks 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
- 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