SWE Day with First Robotics - February 10th

posted Jan 13, 2018, 12:37 PM by Society of Women Engineers RVA

When: February 10th from 1-3pm
Where: Powertrain Control Solutions, Ashland VA

The Richmond-SWE Section will be visiting the Deep Run High School's First Robotics Team to see the robot that they are building. We will be providing feedback on electrical design, coding, mechanical design, etc. It is also a great opportunity for the students to have female engineering mentors and role models and to see engineering professionals in action.

The students have 6 weeks to design and build their competition robot before bagging it. They will continue working on their secondary duplicate robot. This year the theme of the competition is 8 bit video games!  The manual for the competition can be found in the attached file below.

Watch this short introduction video to learn about the 2018 competition: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZbdwYiCY74 

Deep Run High School Team website: https://www.1086bluecheese.org/ 

After volunteering with the First Robotics Team, the SWE Members will be heading over to Center of the Universe Brewing Co. for drinks and networking. Location: 11293 Air Park Road, Ashland VA 23005.

If you are interested in attending SWE Day with First Robotics, then send an email to swe.richmond@gmail.com. 

Let's Do Some Engineering at the YMCA - February 22, 2018

posted Dec 29, 2017, 1:37 PM by Society of Women Engineers RVA

SWE Richmond is partnering with the YMCA for an engineering outreach activity in their after-school program. Volunteers are needed to work with middle school students on two hands-on engineering activities.

In the "Ship the Chip" activity, students will use household materials to pack a Pringle into a box, then simulate shipping it via a drop test. The team with the most intact chip and the lightest packaging is declared the winner.

In the "Pollution Patrol" activity, students will locate the source of an environmental pollutant by systematically testing soil-water samples.

"Let's Do Some Engineering" SWE Event at the YMCA

Thursday, Feb. 22, from 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Manchester YMCA,
7540 Hull Street Rd, North Chesterfield, VA 23235

To RSVP as a volunteer, email swe.richmond@gmail.com.

Women in Engineering Panel with SWE-VCU

posted Dec 11, 2017, 7:38 PM by Society of Women Engineers RVA

SWE Richmond will be putting together a panel for SWE VCU to discuss our experiences as women in engineering. We are looking for volunteers to be panelists at the event, and all SWE Richmond members are invited to join us. SWE VCU will be inviting all women students at the VCU School of Engineering, and we usually have about 40 collegiates in attendance. Networking will follow the panel. Sandwiches will be served.

Women in Engineering Panel with SWE-VCU
January 22nd at 7pm
VCU School of Engineering

To volunteer as a panelist or to RSVP as a professional, email swe.richmond@gmail.com. To RSVP as a collegiate, email swevcu@gmail.com.

SWE-RVA T-Shirt Sale!

posted Nov 9, 2017, 2:11 PM by Society of Women Engineers RVA   [ updated Nov 9, 2017, 2:11 PM ]

T-Shirts will be on sale until Thursday November 16th! Place your order online before then!
Cost: $14.34 each
Order & Pay Individually here: https://www.customink.com/g/wwh0-00b7-wqv9 

If you have any questions, please email Ana Gordon at swe.richmond@gmail.com 

Hot Chocolate & Ornament Social - December 17th, 1-3pm

posted Nov 7, 2017, 9:36 AM by Society of Women Engineers RVA   [ updated Dec 8, 2017, 3:30 PM ]

***DATE CHANGE DUE TO SNOW ~ It will now be held on December 17th from 1-3pm****

Location: Melissa's House in Richmond - RSVP for address

Please join us for our annual hot chocolate and ornament crafting social. We will serve hot chocolate and snacks, and we will supply craft supplies for attendees to decorate a holiday ornament. We'll see old friends again, meet new ones, and catch up on work and life chat.

Ornaments, decorations, cookies, and hot chocolate will be supplied by SWE-RVA. Members who are willing are welcome to bring holiday cookies for all to enjoy. Friends or co-workers who are interested in becoming active members of SWE are welcome to attend. Families are welcome!

*If you'd like us to offer non-dairy milk, please let us know your preference (almond milk, soy milk, etc.) when you RSVP.

RSVP to swe.richmond@gmail.com for address. This is one of our favorite events and we hope to see everyone there again this year!

Sonya Kovalevsky Day - December 2, 2017

posted Oct 12, 2017, 12:23 PM by Society of Women Engineers RVA

SWE-RVA is participating in Sonya Kovalevsky Day, hosted by the VCU chapter of the Association of Women in Math.  Sonya Kovalevsky (born Sofia Kovalevskaya) was a Russian mathematician who faced obstacles in her education but went on to make important contributions to mathematics.

Sonya Kovalevsky Day is an outreach event to encourage middle school girls to study math.  VCU's chapter of AWM is organizing SK Day at the Math Science Innovation Center.  There will be a keynote speaker and hands-on workshops.  SWE-RVA will be leading a hands-on engineering activity - What Floats your Boat? for students to explore the concepts of buoyancy, density, and gravity.  

We can use volunteers for our workshop.  Email swe.richmond@gmail.com for more information.

Sonya Kovalevsky Day
Saturday, December 2, 2017
Event goes from 9:00am until 2:00pm; SWE will host 2 hands-on workshops
Math Science Innovation Center, 2401 Hartman Street, Richmond, VA 23223

Learn more about Sonya Kovalevsky or SK Day.

WestRock Plant Tour - November 8th at 6pm

posted Oct 12, 2017, 12:11 PM by Society of Women Engineers RVA   [ updated Oct 27, 2017, 6:09 PM ]

Our November event will be a tour of the WestRock facility located at 5710 S. Laburnum Ave., Richmond, VA 23231.  Please RSVP to Genna at swe.richmond@gmail.com if you can make it!

WestRock operates a 317,000-square-foot plant on South Laburnum Avenue that makes pizza boxes for three of the largest pizza companies in the nation.  Every day, the factory churns out about 1.5 million boxes — or what WestRock, like other packaging manufacturers, prefers to call corrugated containers.  The plant makes containers not just for pizza, but for other consumer goods and e-commerce packaging.  Click here to learn more about the WestRock plant.

This tour will take you through the process of assembling, forming, and printing boxes. So all the goods delivered to you, from food delivery to your next online purchase will make it to you protected and look fantastic doing it. The plant process starts with rolls of paper coming in and ends with packages going to the customer to fill at their site. We will see the processes in between. 

Please see the attached document below for directions to the West Rock Plant. 

T-Shirt Design Contest - Deadline October 27

posted Oct 9, 2017, 6:20 PM by Society of Women Engineers RVA

The Richmond SWE section is designing t-shirts for outreach events/marketing and we need your ideas! 

General guidelines:
The shirts will be dark grey ladies cut tees with yellow, purple and/or white printing. 
The design should incorporate the SWE logo (see guidelines below) and a Richmond themed detail or graphic (ideally loosely engineering related). This could be anything from the outline of a city landmark to simply spelling out Richmond. The options are endless! Your design could be limited to the front of the shirt or have printing on both sides - just be sure to keep it professional. The t-shirt printing company will finalize the graphic design, so don't worry if your ideas are just sketched out in pencil. They can take care of the rest.

Keep in mind that SWE has branding requirements if involving the logo.  Please make sure that your design incorporates these rules appropriately. Please see guidelines here.

Email your designs to swe.richmond@gmail.com. There is no limit to the number of individual submissions. Be creative - no idea is too small! The deadline for the contest is October 27. The shirts should be available for purchase by December. The winner of the contest will get their T-Shirt for FREE!

Escape Room & Dinner

posted Oct 5, 2017, 6:22 PM by Society of Women Engineers RVA

October 17th, 5pm at Escape Room RVA (Ravenchase Adventures):
7025 Three Chopt Rd. Richmond VA
Help us problem solve our way through the escape room and then grab dinner! The escape room is $25 per person. Spots are limited so please RSVP to swe.richmond@gmail.com by October 10th.  Bring a friend!

Kickoff Potluck & Planning Session

posted Aug 27, 2017, 12:07 PM by Society of Women Engineers RVA

Sunday September 10th from 2-4pm at Carly's House in Richmond. 

Let's Kickoff the start of another great year! Please bring an appetizer or snack to share and help brainstorm event ideas for our section. We want to hear your thoughts! Meet new members, catch up with the old, and make this another successful year for our section!

Please RSVP to swe.richmond@gmail.com and we will send you the address to Carly's House. 

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