Design Your World Wins WE Local Award for Best Outreach Event!

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Dallas SWE’s Design Your World STEM Conference for Girls has been awarded the WE Local Outreach Award for Best Outreach Event! This award recognizes a group who plans and carries out high quality outreach events that inspire young women to see engineering as a force for good. This prestigious recognition is awarded based on originality, impact, and sustainability of the event. Dallas SWE is honored to have received this distinction yet again for our signature outreach event!

Design Your World – STEM Conference for Girls (DYW) is Dallas SWE’s signature outreach event. Each year, DYW is held biannually in the fall and spring in partnership with local independent school districts, collegiate SWE sections, and generous sponsors. The fall event of FY18 impacted a total of 120 girls in 6th through 8th grades, and the spring event impacted 27 girls in 8th through 12th grades. Girls attending DYW participated in up to eight hands-on, age-appropriate engineering activities, which were all led by Dallas SWE members. The event also included two Parent and Educator Forums which impacted over 30 adults. DYW was a success thanks to the support from over 150 Dallas SWE volunteers and several corporate sponsors. The impact DYW has made on girls, their parents, and the community are strong motivators for Dallas SWE to continue managing this successful event. Dallas SWE is proud to have consistently put on this quality outreach event for girls and adults alike in the greater Dallas area.

Congratulations to our hardworking members, volunteers, and officers for earning this honor for our section!

Be on the lookout for upcoming news about future outreach events!

Event Recap: Design Your World STEM Conference For Girls!

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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).


Photos

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.

Registration for DYW Fall 2018 is now OPEN!

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Register+NowDallas SWE is pleased to announce that Attendee and Volunteer Registration for our November 10th event are now OPEN! 

Visit the Attendee Registration page for details and a link to the Eventbrite ticket sales. Please read all the information about the event and make your selections carefully!

Visit the Volunteer Registration page to help us make this event another great success! This is an all-volunteer-led event and the girls are excited to meet YOU and hear what you love about engineering!

Please share our event flyer with your friends and classmates!

Email us at designyourworld.swe@gmail.com if you have questions or to request financial assistance.

Save the Date for Fall DYW!

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Save the Date for Design Your World!
Dallas SWE is pleased to announce that our next Design Your World STEM Conference will be held  Saturday, November 10th at SMU! Details on activities, volunteers, registration, partner organizations, and sponsors will be announced in the coming weeks as we plan for another exciting day of learning and fun!
Please sign up for DYW email updates or follow our Facebook or Twitter accounts to get the latest information on our events. We’ll be posting more details and a call for volunteers in the coming weeks!
Sponsor Information:

If you or your employer would like to donate to this event, sponsor an activity, or contribute materials or giveaways, please visit the DYW Sponsor page. Thanks for helping make Design Your World an award-winning outreach event for girls and adults alike! Please review the sponsorship letter and form and follow the instructions.

April 2018 Event Recap

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Our 13th Design Your World STEM Conference for Girls was held on April 14, 2018 at Seagoville High School P-Tech Academy! Despite many requests for an event for older age groups and in the south Dallas area, our attendance numbers and marketing traction for this event were definitely much lower than expected. However, the smaller group allowed us to try out some new activities and new check-in/out procedures and all of these experiences will inform the planning and execution of future events.

By the numbers, 27 8th-12th graders, 5 parents and educators, and 40 volunteers made this an educational and fun day learning about science, technology, engineering, and math. THANK YOU to all of our generous corporate sponsors: Exxon Mobil, State Farm, Schneider Electric, Lockheed Martin, Home Advisor, Capital One, and Defy. Thanks to activity sponsors Schneider Electric, AT&T, HAK Electronics, and McAfee! We would also like to acknowledge the tireless efforts of our event coordinators: Terriekka Cardenas (Dallas SWE VP of Outreach and DYW Event Chair), Lynn Mortensen and Thi Dao (Volunteer Coordinators), Amanda Allsbrook (Registration Chair), Shelley Stracener (Marketing and T-Shirts), Rana Karimi and Zaineb Ahmad (Parent & Educator forum), Amber Kreceman (Student Activities Coordinator), Teri Cate (Logistics), and Liz Hainey (Fundraising and Food).

Photos and Video

You can find all of our event photos on our Facebook page album for this event!

Opening Session

Thandi Montgomery of Radiant Girl, Inc. kicked off DYW with a bonafide Girl Power activity.  The girls were armed with self affirmations reminding them that they can do anything. Then, Flavia Salgado, EBO O2C Lead, Information Technology, from McAfee delivered a very informative presentation regarding online safety which touched on pertinent issues such as cyber bullying, secure password, and how teens can protect themselves and their information from online predators.

Student Activities

We had a great variety of student activities to choose from this year! Each student experienced three of the below activities during their day:

  • Bitsbox Mobile App Programming – Sponsored by AT&T
    Students walked through mobile app development programming using Bitsbox software.
  • Electro-mechanical Circuit Kits – Sponsored by Schnieder Electric
    Students learned about the basics of electro-mechanical systems and how electricity can be used to control mechanical devices.
  • Electronics – Sponsored by HAK Electronics
    Students gained more in-depth knowledge of electronics and built their own circuit boards.

Parent & Educator Sessions

During the Design Your World STEM conference, three Parent-Educator panels were held:  Voices From the Field – What’s Really Out there; Raising a STEM Daughter; and [insert the title of the third panel here].  Each panel had content aimed for parents and educators to aid in their STEM students’ education and motivation.

The first panel, Voices from the Field, discussed the panel members’ collegiate and early careers as well as overcoming difficulties, surprising things, and any advice for the STEM students.  The goal was to answer any questions that parents had about their STEM student’s 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, Raising a STEM Daughter, was given by parents of daughters who chose careers in STEM.  The panel discussed education, financial aid/scholarship issues, and any issues that the parents had discovered in helping to educate their children.  The parents that attended asked questions about how to approach homework, how to set their STEM students up for success, and how to motivate their students in good times and bad.

The third and final panel, was given by Dean Hogan, Executive Dean for Richland College in the Dallas County Community College District.  Dean Hogan discussed the Dallas Promise, Financial Aid, and the many programs that are available to STEM students at Richland.  The parents that attended asked questions to clarify what the Dallas Promise is, which schools are included, and how the Promise works.  The parents also discussed how credits transfer as well as how starting at a community college could be beneficial.

The parents that attended were very open and communicative about the needs of their 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

Participants and SWE members strutted their stuff on the catwalk wearing apparel designed by Zedbu Designs, a line created by SWE professional member Myra Walthour to celebrate female engineers. The ladies slayed the runway in tops that were “Sweet as Pi”.  Participants that stood out above the rest with engaging questions and enthusiasm were rewarded with some amazing prizes.

Impact Highlights

Here are a few highlights from our student evaluations:

“I enjoyed learning things I didn’t know before.”
“I enjoyed the interactive workshops.”
“I learned new stuff and had so much fun!”
“I really enjoyed all of the different activities. Thank you so much for this amazing opportunity.”

The smiles on each girl’s face and the knowledge we impart to their educators are why we continue to put on this event twice a year since 2012! The DYW STEM Conference for Girls is entirely volunteer run. Our next Design Your World STEM Conference will be in the fall of 2018. Stay tuned here, subscribe to our email list, or follow us on social media for more details when plans are announced!

Important Event Day Information

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It’s almost here! We’re ready to welcome you to Seagoville High School’s P-Tech Academy on April 14, 2018 for our spring Design Your World – STEM Conference for 8th-12th Grade Girls. But first, some housekeeping items for you all to make sure you join us in the right place and on time!

Seagoville High School is located at 15920 Seagoville Rd, Dallas, TX 75253. You may park in the marked area below and follow the Design Your World signs into Building A.

Registration (starting at 9am), our opening / closing sessions, and all parent / educator sessions will be held in Building A on the northeast side of the school. Student activity sessions will take place on the second floor of Building B across the breezeway. Lunch will be held on the first floor of Building B. See building maps below.

Students will be given room assignments at registration and a Group Leader will help escort them from room to room. Everyone (students and adults) will eat lunch and enjoy our opening and closing sessions together. Check out the Event Day Schedule page for more details on the day’s sessions.

Sandwich box lunches from McAlister’s Deli will be provided for students, adults, and volunteers. If you have dietary restrictions other than selecting the vegetarian option during registration, please pack and bring your own sack lunch.

A word on security: this year, we are requiring all students to check out with their group leader or the registration tables if they are being picked up from the event before the end of the day. Likewise, all students will be held in the auditorium after the closing session at 4pm until their parent or guardian arrives to pick them up.

The great majority of volunteers for this event are engineers, so be sure you and your students interact with them 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 next Saturday, April 14! Bring your smiles and enthusiasm for this exciting day of STEM learning and fun!

Activity Updates and Expansion to 8th Graders

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Design Your World is right around the corner, and we are working hard to prepare an exciting event! We wanted to update you on a few changes that are taking place with the activities. Due to lower than expected interest in several of the activity categories, the event has been reduced in size and there are 3 remaining activities moving forward: Electrical Engineering, Electro-Mechanical Engineering, and App Development. The Cybersecurity activity will now be included as a part of the Opening Ceremonies.

We are also opening the remaining tickets to 8th grade students in addition to high school grades 9-12! We look forward to seeing you on April 14!