Event Recap: Design Your World STEM Conference For Girls!


Dallas SWE’s 14th Design Your World STEM Conference for Girls was held on November 10, 2018 at Southern Methodist University! Tickets for the event sold out with the attendance of 120 middle school aged girls, in grades 6th-8th, spending the day learning about multiple industries where a STEM career can lead them.

This day would not have been possible without the multiple volunteers, parents, and educators that took time out of their day to be a part of this inspirational event.  Additionally, a special THANK YOU to our generous corporate sponsors: ExxonMobil (Platinum) and Lennox (Gold).   Finally, we would also like to acknowledge the resolute efforts of our event coordinators: Terriekka Cardenas (Dallas SWE VP of Outreach and DYW Event Chair), Amanda Alsbrook (Registration Chair), Shannon Cruise (Student Activities Chair), Teri Cate (logistics), Sandy Rolon (opening/closing ceremony), Thi Dao (Volunteer Coordinator), Kim Concillado (marketing and media), Rana Karimi (T-shirts), Zaineb Ahmad (Parent/Educator Track coordinator), Katia Gomez (planning committee), and Liz Hainey (fundraising/finance and food order).


You can find all of our event photos on our Facebook page album for this event! Below are a few of the highlights.

Opening Session

Sandy Rolon jump started the DYW event with an inspirational speech about working hard towards your goals and pursuing your career, whatever those may be! Subsequently, she held an ice breaker with all of the participants to get them excited about the day ahead of them.

Student Activities

We had a wonderful variety of activities for the students to choose from this year! The students broke into six groups, which rotated through three of the activities listed below during their day:

  • Biomedical Engineering – Sponsored by Accenture

Students simulated a blocked artery using clay and learned about the different technologies utilized in the medical industry to clear them.

  • Computer Science – Sponsored by Codestream Studios

Students were able to participate in app/web development by making their own webpage.  They also learned about the most influential women in computer science.

  • Electrical Engineering – Sponsored by Girls in STEM

Students designed and built their own circuits while learning about the basics of electrical engineering.  They were also given the opportunity to build small scale bridges and understand best practices for strengthening the structure.

  • Telecommunications – Sponsored by Fujitsu

Students learned how to send messages through Morse code and were able to decipher messages created by the instructors.

  • Mechanical/HVAC Engineering – Sponsored by Lennox

Students learned about the basics of HVAC by comparing the various components to the human body.  After a short presentation, they built the circuit for a thermometer using an Arduino.

  • Renewable Energy – Halliburton

Students learned about the principles of renewable energy and built salt water powered vehicles.

Parent & Educator Sessions

During the Design Your World STEM conference, three Parent-Educator panels were held: a young engineers session (Voices from the Field – What’s Really Out there?), an engineering collegiate session (What’s Next? Collegiates Share Their Paths), and an engineering campus tour, hosted by SMU engineering students. Each panel had content aimed for parents and educators to aid in their students’ STEM education and motivation.

The first panel allowed panelists to share their collegiate and early career experiences, as well as overcoming difficulties, surprising things, and any advice for the STEM students. The goal was to answer any questions that the parents had about their STEM students’ education and future career. Many of the panelists discussed their careers from their points of view as well as their support systems, hardships, and perseverance. The parents asked several questions about how the panelists handled the difficulties that came their way, how they motivated themselves, and what drove them to choose their fields.

The second panel consisted of collegiate SWE members in various engineering majors.  The objective of the panel was similar to first session, but the panelists spoke to their support system and schooling that got them to this point in their college career.  They also provided advice on college admissions, financing their educations, and finding internships.

The last session of the day gave parents and educators a view into engineering campus life, with a tour of the engineering school by current engineering students. The students were able to showcase their lives on campus, while providing the attendees more opportunities to ask questions and discuss their students’ futures.

The parents and educators that attended were very open and communicative about the needs of the STEM students and appreciated the panelists and the content that was focused on. They happily asked questions and participated in each of the panels.

Closing and Engineering Fashion Show

Sandy Rolon took the stage again to recognize participants that were the most involved with the activities during the day.  These students were brought up to the stage and rewarded a Bitsbox, which is a subscription box that teaches kids how to code!

To close the event in true Design Your World fashion, the volunteers and SWE members strutted their stuff on the catwalk, wearing apparel that is typical of their STEM job.  We had field engineers, design engineers, and even a nuclear physicist show off what they wear day-to-day on the job.

Impact Highlights

Here are a few highlights from our student evaluations:I enjoyed the HTML/CSS part.  I like coding, so it was fun to do some.

I liked how the volunteers made building and learning things fun.  I loved the salt water cells.

I liked all the events because I learned new things.

It was great.  I learned things that I did not know.  I want to come back!

I liked learning about Morse code and learning about STEM.  It helped me realize that we need more women in that field.

Dallas SWE Year In Review


Design Your World is a big part of Dallas SWE’s Outreach strategy, but we do much more in our communities, in partnerships with local colleges and universities, and for engineers in the greater Dallas area. As we transition to a new fiscal year, check out the successes of FY17 below and stay tuned right here and to our email distributions for information about upcoming DYW event news! Thanks for your support, and have a great summer!

Save the Date – Spring 2016 Conference Announcement


The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Dallas Section and the University of North Texas University Student Section, are pleased to announce that our next Design Your World STEM Conference for 6th-12th grade girls will be held Saturday, April 2, 2016 at the University of North Texas Discovery Park! 

We are already preparing for another exciting day of learning and fun – stay tuned to our website and social media for upcoming announcements!

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Thank you to our Nov 2015 event sponsors!


As we continue planning for our November 14, 2015 Design Your World STEM Conference at SMU, we want to take a moment to thank our generous sponsors for this year. We could not offer this great event without your help! Thank you!!

Platinum Sponsors ($5,000+)


Gold Sponsors ($2,500 – $4,999)



Silver Sponsors ($1,000-$2,499)


Bronze Sponsors ($<1,000)

Info for Saturday’s Design Your World STEM Conference


We are so excited about another SOLD OUT Design Your World – STEM Conference for Girls!  Registrants should get this information in email, but we’re sharing it here as well so you don’t miss it.

Thanks for registering for Design Your World on Saturday, March 28, 2015, hosted by the Society of Women Engineers Dallas and SMU sections with support from Dallas ISD.  The event will be held 8:30am to 3:30pm at:

 Zan Wesley Holmes Jr. Middle School
 2939 Saint Rita Drive
 Dallas, TX 75233 

Please park in the parking lot on the corner of Saint Rita and Saint David on the school grounds.  There is additional parking around the far east side of the grounds.  When you arrive, follow the signs to the Attendee Check-in table in the gray building towards St. Rita (west) with the large windows.

Boxed lunches (sandwiches and drinks) will be served for all attendees.  Unfortuantely we are not able to accommodate any special dietary restrictions.  If you have dietary restrictions, please arrange to provide your own meal.

The great majority of volunteers for this event are engineers, so be sure you and your students interact withthem throughout the day.  Be sure to like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter for live updates during the event!  If you take photos, please share them with us on social media or email them to us at designyourworld.swe@gmail.com.

We look forward to seeing you Saturday for an exciting day of STEM learning and fun!

Shelley Stracener
Design Your World Webmaster and Registration Chair

Design Your World STEM Conference Tickets Are Selling Fast!


Wow!  After just a week of open registration, over HALF of our Student tickets have been sold!  Thank you so much! We can’t wait to see you all on November 1 at UTD.

If you haven’t reserved your spot yet, what are you waiting for?  Register today!

Please feel free to share this flyer with your friends and family and invite them to join in the fun!

November 1, 2014 Design Your World Flyer