The Program Development Grant (PDG) Committee provides opportunities for SWE groups to receive money to host outreach and professional development events. This is the next in a series of articles to showcase the great events sections are hosting leveraging their PDG grants. The next round of grant applications is due January 4, 2022 so be sure to submit your application today! For more information on the grant process please check out the PDG website.
Read on to learn more about a successful virtual event earlier in 2021…
One collegiate section successfully conducted a virtual workshop during the COVID-19 pandemic with hands-on activities for approximately fifty 3rd-5th grade young women. Keep reading to learn how careful project planning, SWE member teamwork, and use of social media supported the SWE Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach Collegiate Section’s “Introduce a Girl to Engineering Workshop”.
The Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach Collegiate Section hosted a virtual “Introduce a Girl to Engineering Workshop” (IGEW) on February 27, 2021. Forty-nine 3rd through 5th-grade students from Volusia County, FL participated in this free day-long event. The girls were introduced to the many facets of engineering through hands-on activities and interaction with professional women in STEM and SWE collegiate members. The five workshop engineering modules included “Brush Bots”, “Catapults”, “Paper Helicopters”, “Lava Lamps”, and “Code Maze”, embracing electrical, mechanical, aeronautical, chemical engineering, and computer science concepts. Module supply bags were picked up at the university about a week prior to the workshop and also included information on SWENext. The section utilized both the workshop’s website (igew.org) which includes information on SWE, the section, and STEM resources, as well as their Facebook page to interact with the young students and parents. Seventeen SWE ERAU members volunteered the day of the event.
Best practice takeaways from the SWE ERAU virtual event included:
- Strong teamwork was key to the success of this program, with a division of work during the weeks leading up to the event, as well as during the event. Members spent multiple weeks putting together their instructional videos and module supply bags prior to the event.
- The attendees completed the modules at home as SWE members interacted virtually through the SWE at ERAU Facebook page and on the igew.org website.
- Members suggested finding multiple avenues to advertise the program in addition to public schools, such as home-schooled students and other student groups (i.e., Girl Scouts, Girls Clubs, etc.)
Are you interested in learning more about receiving PDG funding? Or perhaps you are ready to request funding? Learn more on the PDG website and don’t forget to submit your PDG application by January 4th, 2022.