How to Develop a High School Outreach Event- SWEvening!

Guide to coordinate a Society of Women Engineers high school outreach event called SWEvening! High school girls bond with potential classmates and SWE members to explore career options in the STEM field, explore the university and engineering school, discover what SWE is about, and have fun while doing it.

How to Develop a High School Outreach Event- SWEvening!
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Find a small team to coordinate and run the event

Find a small team to coordinate and run the event

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Build a partnership with your engineering school

Build a partnership with your engineering school

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Develop a flyer to advertise your event and how to sign up

Develop a flyer to advertise your event and how to sign up

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A week in advance, pair SWE members with high school girls who registered for the event as mentors

A week in advance, pair SWE members with high school girls who registered for the event as mentors

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Encourage the high school girl to sit-in on a class or grab coffee around campus with her SWE mentor before the event

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Hold an activities fair to showcase all of your school's engineering organizations before the event. Even include a study abroad and cooperative education table!

Hold an activities fair to showcase all of your school's engineering organizations before the event. Even include a study abroad and cooperative education table!

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Let the high school girls ask all of the questions they would like at a student panel with a representative from each major

Let the high school girls ask all of the questions they would like at a student panel with a representative from each major

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Show the high school girls around campus with a fun photo scavenger hunt!

Show the high school girls around campus with a fun photo scavenger hunt!

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Put mentors and high school girls into smaller groups for a fun competition, making new friends along the way

Put mentors and high school girls into smaller groups for a fun competition, making new friends along the way

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Use fun riddles to lead them to the best spots around campus

Use fun riddles to lead them to the best spots around campus

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Award the winning team who had the most favorites in a live online voting system!

Award the winning team who had the most favorites in a live online voting system!

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Anyone could use an ice cream break!

Anyone could use an ice cream break!

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Take small groups on an interactive lab tour with engineering school faculty

Take small groups on an interactive lab tour with engineering school faculty

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A STEM career can be so cool!

A STEM career can be so cool!

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Don't forget to show them the Engineering Living Learning Community dormatories

Don't forget to show them the Engineering Living Learning Community dormatories

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End the evening with a catered reception dinner for more networking and learning about SWE and your engineering school

End the evening with a catered reception dinner for more networking and learning about SWE and your engineering school

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Host a few keynote speakers at your reception dinner to inspire the young ladies to become strong women and leaders in the engineering field, and learn about the steps these speakers did to do that!

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Finally, encourage attendees to stay connected and utilize their new friendships to support each other in their engineering careers

Finally, encourage attendees to stay connected and utilize their new friendships to support each other in their engineering careers

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