On October 21-25th, Cal Poly SWE’s Collegiate Section sent 21 members to the SWE National Conference in Nashville, Tennessee!
Our members had the opportunity to connect with like-minded SWE members both professional and collegiate, network with employers at the career fair, be inspired by keynote speakers, celebrate all things engineering, and experience the sights and sounds of Nashville!
At Celebrate SWE, Cal Poly placed first for the Team Tech competition and was awarded Boeing Multicultural award and Outstanding Collegiate Section Gold award.
We started planning this trip in the spring by advertising the Annual Conference and sending out applications to our members. Our Executive Board reviewed these applications and based their selection on the applicant’s involvement in SWE as well as their passion and reason to attend. Over summer, the logistics were planned which included booking the flights, reserving the hotel rooms, creating our attendee contracts, organizing the transportation and carpools, and sending out Academic Absence Memos to professors.
This conference was very successful in inspiring Cal Poly SWE members to “Reach Out to Reach Up!” It also was a great time to bond with our section! We look forward to attending SWE Regionals in Seattle, Washington next!
On November 14, 2015, members of UCSB SWE volunteered at the First Lego League (FLL) Tournament in Thousand Oaks.
First Lego League is an organization first founded in 1998 that aims to introduce young people in grades 4th-8th to robotics and engineering. The tournament requires teams of 10 to use the Lego Mindstorms robot set to solve problems and complete tasks. The team with the most successful robot scores the most points and wins the tournament.
Six UCSB SWE members attended the event as volunteers. The volunteers assisted judges by prepping performance tables, refereeing events, and field queuing. Members hope to continue volunteering and encouraging young people to join the sciences.
This year, we had approximately 50 Brownie Girl Scouts attend our Girl Scout Day event. In groups of 10 to 15, the girls rotated through 4 different hands-on engineering labs, spending 40 minutes at each lab. Labs included Neutral Buoyancy, Coin Sorter, Hovercraft, and Puff Mobile activities where the girls learned about different science and engineering principles and then applied them in a hands-on building challenge.
One of the parents said that this event was a “completely enriching and valuable experience for these little girls!” While the volunteers said they liked “getting to see the Girl Scouts come to their own conclusions about how the labs worked and seeing them get excited when they knew the correct answer.” Another volunteer said, “My favorite part of the event was helping the Girl Scouts with their projects. I liked watching future engineers put their designs to the test.” Overall, it was a fun day for both Girl Scouts and Cal Poly students.
Some of the things we did to make this event run smoothly include: sorting and portioning out supplies before the event, making video instructions for each lab, and creating clipboards with all of the relevant information for the lab leaders.
This event would not have been possible without the enthusiastic volunteers and the support of the local Girl Scout troops.
On November 12, 2015, three Cal Poly SWE Outreach Representatives visited San Luis Obispo High School and gave a lunchtime engineering presentation in the school’s Career Center.
The purpose of this presentation was to speak to students about choosing a discipline in engineering for their college applications. We explained statistics in the field, addressed common engineering stereotypes, and introduced sixteen disciplines of engineering along with companies that hire those types of engineers.
Cal Poly SWE coordinated with the high school’s College and Career Center Specialist in order to make this event happen. This involved setting a date, choosing the location, and advertising the presentation via the high school’s Daily Bulletin and flyers posted around campus and in every math and physics class.
The presentation was successful in giving the participants a better understanding about what engineering is and the different disciplines available. Cal Poly SWE looks forward to continuing to visit and outreach to high schools!
The Society of Women Engineers of San Diego State University put on an awesome event called “Evening of Professional Development”. The event was held on Thursday November 5, 2015 from 6-9 pm in Montezuma Hall in the Aztec Student Union located on SDSU’s campus. Evening of Professional Development was open to all students studying engineering, computer science, and related disciplines.
Evening of Professional Development was a networking event where students could explore internships and post-graduate career options. A banquet dinner and keynote speaker followed the networking portion of the evening. Interested SDSU students shared a table with company representatives and the keynote speaker for the duration of the dinner, which allowed for a more personal interaction between students and representatives.
On November 7, 2015, UNLV SWE members walked alongside other UNLV College of Engineering students to raise awareness for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS). This society is near and dear to our college’s Events Coordinator and we wanted to do what we could to give back to the community. The walk took place in Downtown Las Vegas as we represented “The Real McCoy’s”, carrying lanterns to show our support.
To raise funds for this cause, we hosted the UNLV College of Engineering’s annual Halloween party on October 29, 2015, which we like to call HalloSWEen. This annual social took place in our study hall as we turned our daily study environment into a college party extravaganza. This fun-filled “Nightmare Before Christmas” themed event included everything from a cash bar, live DJ, instant photo booth prints, food and drinks, costume contest, games, and more.
With the gracious donations of local Las Vegas companies, we were able to hold a silent auction to raffle prizes such as an all-day pass to the the Stratosphere tower (rides included), food vouchers to PDQ, and tickets to see Terry Fator. We were able to raise close to $500 on this night alone and donated all proceeds to LLS.
UCSD SWE had our first social of the year on October 11. We wanted to make an effort of showing new students the San Diego area, so we took a trip to the Hillcrest Farmer’s Market. We all started off by eating fun and different foods from various booths, then roamed around and shopped at numerous tents. After we were finished at the Farmer’s Market, we all drive down the street and explored a local second-hand bookstore.
Overall, we got great feedback for the social and the girls seemed to love to be able to get off campus for a bit. It was especially great for the students that do not have cars on campus and are unable to explore the area on their own very easily. Our members enjoyed it so much, that we may make this sort of event a regular social event, even dedicating each ‘exploration social’ to a different area of San Diego.