Outreach

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 2018-2019 year, we have 5 outreach events planned:

  • RVA Makerfest - October 6, 2018 from 10:00am - 5:00pm at the Science Museum of Virginia
  • Girls in Math Day - December 1, 2018 from 9:00am - 2:00pm at the MathScience Innovation Center
  • Engineers Week February 17-23, 2019 - Celebrate Engineering Ingenuity (CEI) at the Science Museum of Virginia
  • Girls in Science camp in - March 2019 at the Science Museum of Virginia
  • Full STEAM Ahead workshop - July 2019 at the Chesterfield CTE Center

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

We built lots of boats...with the top boat holding 60 pennies!

Sonya Kovalevsky Day

December 2, 2017 -The Saturday event at the MathScience Innovation Center featured a marine engineering activity, What Floats Your Boat, that involved the engineering design process and math... yes, math!

Let's Do Some Engineering

July 14, 2017 - The summer camp event featured 2 hands-on engineering activities: a mechanical engineering activity, Ship the Chip, and a marine engineering activity, What Floats Your Boat. We also viewed and discussed 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!

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The clay boat's buoyancy was tested using pennies.

Showing April 15 through June 30 at the SMV

Dream Big!

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.

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.

Students used various materials to protect the chip for shipping.


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!

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.

Jesse wraps up
volunteers

STEM Day for Middle School Girls

November 22, 2014

Introducing girls to engineering


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