SWENext DesignLab is coming to Milwaukee, and they want to inspire girls to design, create and engineer.The program is for girls in grades 6th-8th, their families, and educators. It’s designed to show girls the creative and innovative facets of engineering.
SWENext DesignLab will take place Saturday, March 10, 2018, 2:00-5:00 p.m. at the Wisconsin Center as part of WE Local Milwaukee, the Society of Women Engineers’ local conference and career fair.
The event is is divided into two parts: the Middle School Girls Program (grades 6-8) and the Parent /Educator Program (PEP).At the Middle School Girls Program, attendees will engage in STEM activities, meet women engineers and learn what they do. They will hear more about the different types of engineering jobs and how they can make a difference in the world as an engineer.At the PEP program, parents and educators will also engage in engineering activities and learn how they can further encourage their girls and students to pursue their interests in STEM.All attendees will receive local resources including information on camps, competitions, scholarships, and more.The cost of the girls’ programs is $7, and the cost of the PEP program is $5.
Programs like SWENext DesignLab Milwaukee are vital in the effort to encourage more young women to pursue STEM and to ultimately close the gap in technical fields.
“You can’t be what you can’t see. SWENext DesignLab shows girls that they can change the world with engineering.” said Randy Freedman, Director of Student Programs at SWE. “SWENext DesignLab in Milwaukee is one of five local outreach events the Society of Women Engineers is hosting across the country in 2018. SWENext DesignLab is an important part of the effort to close the gender gap in STEM and retain more women in these positions.”
For more information about SWENext DesignLab and to register, visit https://welocal.swe.org/milwaukee/designlab/.
For more information about the Society of Women Engineers, visit swe.org.