SWE's Outreach mission is to create opportunities for young people to experiment with engineering activities and to spark discussion about engineering career fields.  Developing an interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) will lead to more qualified young people in the pipeline for engineering jobs, which is one of SWE's strategic goals.

SWE-RVA enjoys providing volunteers for outreach events to K-12 or university groups. Our members have visited classrooms to discuss their jobs, led activities for a girls' engineering club at an elementary school, and assisted with other local STEM events.

If you have an event where you'd like SWE to volunteer, email swe.richmond@gmail.com.

Calendar

For the 2016-2017 year, we have 6 outreach events planned:
  • Girls in Science camp in (middle school girls) - October 14 at the Science Museum of Virginia, sponsored by DuPont
  • Sonya Kovalevsky Day (middle school girls) - December 3 at the Math Science Innovation Center, sponsored by the Association of Women in Math
  • Let's Do Some Engineering (middle school students) - February 21 at the Chester YMCA
  • Richmond Teacher Roundtable (educators) - May 8 at the Science Museum of Virginia
  • Dream Big movie and discussion (SWENext and SWE members) - showing at the Science Museum of Virginia from mid-April through the end of June
  • Let's Do Some Engineering (Grade 4 campers) - July 14 at the YMCA Summer Camp

SWENext is a way to become part of the Society of Women Engineers as a student through the age of 18.  Joining is free.

Featured Stories

Let's Do Some Engineering - July 14, 2017 -- The summer camp event features 2 hands-on engineering activities:  a mechanical engineering activity, Ship the Chip, and an environmental engineering activity, Pollution Patrol.  We also view and discuss a great engineering introduction video by the National Science Foundation, What is Engineering?  A special thank you to the YMCA of Greater Richmond for hosting the event!

Dream Big: Engineering Our World is a HUGE film.  Literally.  A new film for giant screen theatres premiering in April 2017 at the Science Museum of Virginia (SMV) will show viewers how engineers push the limits of ingenuity and innovation in unexpected, imaginative, and amazing ways.

Showing April 15 through June 30 at the SMV

Let's Do Some Engineering - February 21, 2017 -- The after school event featured 2 hands-on engineering activities:  a mechanical engineering activity, Ship the Chip, and an environmental engineering activity, Pollution Patrol.  We also viewed and discussed a great engineering introduction video by the National Science Foundation, What is Engineering?  A special thank you to the Chester YMCA for hosting the event!
The Pollution Patrol used pH test strips to locate the pollutant in the soil.

Sonya Kovalevsky Day - December 3, 2016 -- The Saturday event featured a hands-on engineering activity that involved the engineering design process and math... yes, math!

Students used various materials to protect the chip for shipping.

Girls School Conference (6-12 educators) - June 23, 2015 -- The summer event was an opportunity for 6-12 educators to experience an engineering design lesson to use with their students.  The Tower Design Activity challenged participants to build a tower using only straws and paper clips.

STEM Day for Middle School Girls - November 22, 2014

Introducing girls to engineering                                               Jesse wraps up
Carly tells the girls about her job as a packaging engineer                                              Jesse wraps up the day with the 25 girls who attended

volunteers
Jesse (event organizer), Carly (packaging engineer and SWE member),
Brooke (geologist), Melissa (electrical engineer and SWE member), Carol (computer scientist)


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