We are now opening the event to grades 7-10!


You asked and we listened!  The 2019 Design Your World event is now offering select tracks for girls in 7th through 10th grade!  Hurry, slots are filling fast!

Track 1-3 Technically Mechanical – Reserved for Grade 4-6

Track 4-5 Smart Tech – Reserved for Grade 7-8

Track 6 Smart Tech – Reserved for Grade 9-10


The Smart Tech path will offer activities in civil engineering, biomedical engineering, and robotics!  There will be raffles, a SWE photo booth, and a fashion show to end the day! Also, all attendees get a chance to meet the all female high school robotics team, the Mechanicats!!  PARENTS, WE WANT TO SEE YOU THERE TOO! Sign up for the adult track and sit in on three Parent/Educator panels. You will get to hear from female engineers, learn How To Raise a STEM Girl, and find out the next steps for your daughter in STEM academia.  Finally, there will be door prizes, a SWE photo booth, and much more!

Students and parents can register on Eventbrite!

Student Registration is OPEN!


The Design Your World STEM Conference for Girls is a high-energy event to promote their interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. This year’s event is geared to 4th through 6th grade girls.

What’s it All About?

Get inspired, hear dynamic speakers
Engage with Hands-On Science, Engineering, and Technology Activities
Interact with College Students Majoring in STEM Fields
Meet Professional Women who are Engineers
See why we are enthused about Science & Technology!

The “Design Your World” event is designed to be an opportunity for girls to meet female engineering role models and see that girls can succeed in science, technology, math, and engineering (STEM). Teachers: encourage your students to attend this event! Throughout the day professional and college student volunteers will interact with the girls. The volunteers will share their enthusiasm for science and technology!

Students will start their day getting inspired by engineers and a dynamic, inspirational keynote speaker. Then, they will participate in three design sessions in various STEM fields. The day’s finale will include encouraging anecdotes from engineering students and recent graduates. Student registration includes an event t-shirt (kids sizing), lunch, and take-home items from some activities. Lunch will be provided for adults that register.

This year’s activities are:

Groups 1 – 3: Track 1 – Biomedical, App Programming, Mechanical

Groups 4 – 6: Track 2 – Electrical, Aerospace Civil

Sign up for this year’s Design Your World here

Registration is now OPEN!



We are excited to announce that Attendee and Volunteer Registration for our November 2, 2019 event are now OPEN! This year Dallas SWE is partnering with Woodrow Wilson High School and Collin College SWE to host the 2019 Design Your World STEM Conference for Girls at Woodrow Wilson High School.

Visit the 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 2019 Design Your World


Dallas SWE is pleased to announce that our next Design Your World STEM Conference will be held on Saturday, November 2nd at Woodrow Wilson High School! More 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!
Design Your World Flyer
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.


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


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!


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.

Registration for DYW Fall 2018 is now OPEN!


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.