Everything is bigger in Texas… including SWENext Clubs!
CTE SWENext started in 2019 at Frisco ISD’s Career and Technical Education Center. Their club is open to students throughout their school district. Although their club is only a few years old, they already have 48 members in grades 9-12!
CTE SWENext has found ways to use virtual events to their advantage and connect with SWE sections across the country. This past year, they have reached out to numerous collegiate SWE sections to coordinate outreach events. This helped to connect their members with college students and provide virtual activities to keep members active during the pandemic. They have conducted events with SWE sections at the University of Texas at Austin, the University of North Texas, Rice University, Colorado School of Mines, Brown University, Baylor University, Yale, the University of Texas at Dallas, University of Michigan, and University of California, Los Angeles.
Through these events, they’ve learned about college life, time management, organization strategies, the students’ experiences being a woman in the STEM field, and more. They were also able to listen to Margaret Crawford, a member from Dallas SWE, share her experiences as a female engineer. Additionally, they’ve created various interactive projects for members to complete, including constructing a Rube Goldberg Machine, a DIY cardboard and bottle cap car, a dam made of straws, and a hand sanitizer bottle rocket.
In addition to their virtual events, CTE SWENext highlights a different discipline of engineering each month to inform members about what each engineering field entails.
The engineering disciplines they’ve covered so far include:
- Mechanical Engineering,
- Civil Engineering,
- Architectural Engineering,
- Biomedical Engineering, and
- Aerospace Engineering.
If you’d like to see more of CTE SWENext’s accomplishments, follow them on Instagram @cteswenext! And if you are interested in starting a SWENext Club or just want to learn more, email firstname.lastname@example.org!
This post was written by the FY22 SWENext Programs Publications Workgroup.