Outreach News You Can Use – August 2018

In this edition of News You Can Use, we move forward to FY19 and anticipate a great year. We have a lot of activities going on and more to come.
Outreach News You Can Use – August 2018

By Susan Mengel, FY19 Outreach Chair for the Society of Women Engineers

What a great time to be involved in outreach. We have so many continuing and new members on the committee, I know that we will get a lot done to help K-12 students, parents, and educators know about outreach.

My name is Susan Mengel and I am the Outreach Chair for FY19. I would like to introduce our workgroup leads and welcome our committee members to a new fiscal year.

  • Assessment: Soma Datta, Emily Fritsch
  • K-12 Educator: Kate Woodward Young
  • SWENext: Margarita Chi-Miranda, Mary T. Zeis
  • SWENext Clubs: Kaelee Mader
  • Wow! Innovation Challenge: Veronica Robertson
  • Volunteer Certification & Training: Mary Isaac

I would also like to welcome all of you who read this blog and who are interested in outreach. Your interest is very important to this committee and we look forward to your participation in outreach through your sections and those efforts you make on your own. Ultimately, outreach is a lot of fun, but it is even more rewarding to know we are encouraging the next generation of students to choose engineering for a great and rewarding career!

In this edition of News You Can Use, we move forward to FY19 and anticipate a great year. We have a lot of activities going on and more to come. We invite you to participate in these activities and join us in educating K-12 students, parents, and educators about engineering.

Introducing the FY19 Outreach Chair Elect

I’d like to introduce Sadaf Qazi, FY19 Outreach Committee Chair. Sadaf holds a MS in Electrical Engineering from Tufts University. She currently works as a Lead Associate at Booz Allen Hamilton in the Aerospace and Defense Sector. Sadaf joined the Outreach Committee in September 2014 as Communication Workgroup Co-Lead. She then supported the K-12 Educator Workgroup where she was responsible for leading Society level activities for SWE’s K-12 educator members within the Outreach Committee, including increasing membership and newsletter subscriptions, coordination of strategic alignment to society goals and continuous improvement of processes and tools.

Congratulations, Sadaf!

Invent it. Build it. at WE18

Volunteer – 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, Invent it. Build it. brings over 1,000 middle & high school girls, parents, and educators to SWE’s annual conference. Attendees are in for a unique 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 signups 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 or , (Invent it. Build it. Volunteer Coordinators).

SWE Collegiate Sections – Are you interested in having the opportunity to reach out and recruit excited high school students at WE18? Please consider a FREE 10’x10’ booth at the IIBI EXPO. You can promote your school by handing out school literature, doing hands-on engineering outreach activities with the girl participants, educators and parents attending the EXPO. You can also talk with participants about your school, your engineering degree programs, engineering careers, and how cool it is to major in engineering.

Be sure to decorate your booth with your school colors and show off our new COLLEGE ROW at the IIIBI EXPO on October 20, 2018.

Apply by August 30, 2018, using the Invent it. Build it. with “COLLEGE ROW” under the available discounts section for your free booth. We want to see you at IIBI. Contact if you have any questions.

Program Development Grants

are available to fund your outreach event. Application cycles with the following deadlines are available:

  • November 1, 2018
  • January 1, 2019
  • March 1, 2019

Grant amounts range from $250 to $5,000 and eligibility details are available on the website. A total of $45,000 is available. A big thanks to the ExxonMobil Foundation for funding this program.

Win $100 for your next outreach event

Will you or your section participate in STEM outreach events with K-12 students, parents, educators, or other adult influencers in FY19? Share your outreach successes with SWE! Individual outreach efforts (independent from your SWE section or affiliate) are also eligible. The is a simple 10-question survey, and an easy way for you to share your great outreach efforts and best practices with SWE. Each month, one entry is randomly selected to win $100 for a future outreach event. Questions? Contact or .

We ended FY18 impacting over 50,000 girls at outreach events. We only know that because of all the wonderful sections who entered their outreach events. Check out the SWE Counts Newsletter on the blog for more details. for additional articles on outreach.

Congratulations to the FY18 Outreach Metric Tool winners!

Congratulations to the , who won the June Outreach Metric Tool drawing for participating in the event, Brownie Legacy Bugs Badge & Daisy Clover Petal Workshop, hosted with . FY18 Section Secretary shared this event.

We had 15 Daisy & 12 Brownie Scouts in attendance. Workshop sessions included the following:

  1. Bugs in Action: Take a Bug Field Trip, Visit a Garden, Explore Bug Homes, Find and Watch Bugs Hiding in Plain Sight
  2. Bug Basics 101: What is a bug? (bug longevity, diet, habitat, behavior), Buggy Problems! Why it’s good to have them around!
  3. Try a Bug Craft: Bug Backyard Habitats
  4. Lady Bug Release

We would like to also congratulate the following sections, who won the monthly drawings in FY18:

  • North Country
  • Eastern Nebraska
  • Tufts University
  • Wisconsin
  • Iowa State University
  • University of Rhode Island
  • Minnesota
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • University of Minnesota
  • Mississippi State University
  • Southeast Florida
  • University of Louisville

Questions about the Outreach Metric Tool? Contact or .

SWENext Club Resources page

Our high school SWENext Club Resources web page is now live! On this page you can find links to other STEM outreach web sites, SWENext, and connecting with a SWE section in your area.

WE Local

Do you have a presentation on how to successfully do outreach or are you looking to volunteer for an outreach event? Please consider attending a event and volunteering for . WE Local conferences take place:

  • WE Local Baltimore, February 8-9, 2019, Design Lab
  • WE Local Tampa, February 15-16, 2019
  • WE Local St. Louis, March 1-2, 2019, Design Lab
  • WE Local Denver, March 15-16, 2019, Design Lab
  • WE Local Bellevue, April 5-6, 2019

Also, the 2019 WE Local Host Committee Chairs and WE Local Headquarters staff are now recruiting up to 75 SWE members from around the United States to serve on one of the five WE Local Host Committees in the US (LHC). To learn more about serving on the WE Local Host Committee, If you are interested in serving on a LHC, please complete the

Thank You!

A big thank you to Kate Nolan, our FY18 Outreach Chair, who left everything in great shape for me to continue. Although she is taking a “SWEcation” from the Outreach Committee, she is still helping to lead the volunteer effort for IIBI at WE18.

Thank you to everyone continuing on the Outreach Committee and to our new members. Looking forward to a great year for outreach.

Susan Mengel
SWE Outreach Committee – FY19 Chair


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