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.

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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!

Register now for the November 10th Design Your World STEM Conference for Girls!

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Register+NowRegister now for our November 10th Conference, open to 6th-8th grade girls!

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.

Age Range Extension: All High School Girls Welcome!

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Register+NowWe are pleased to announce that we have extended the age range for our April 14 event to all high school ages: 9th-12th grade!

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.