On Monday, September 25 the Cal Poly Society of Women Engineers hosted their first Big/Little social. The Big/Little Program serves as a mentorship program for incoming freshman and transfer female engineers. Students apply over the summer and are then paired with upperclassmen. Pairs are then encouraged to email one another and answer any questions that the new student may have. For our first event of the year students were invited to a Cookies and Conversation social where Big’s and Little’s were able to meet one another for the first time. Students were able to enjoy treats throughout the event as they performed icebreakers!
During Fall GirlScout Day on October 15th, 30 elementary-aged girl scouts came to Cal Poly to spend the morning “trick-or-treating” through three engineering activities. Led by SWE volunteers, the scouts extracted DNA from a pumpkin, designed their own foam roller coasters, and directed each other through an obstacle course to learn about the way computer scientists give instructions to computers. As they completed each activity, volunteers gave them candy to take home. This Halloween-themed event gave the girls a hands-on introduction to the fundamentals of mechanical, chemical/biological, and computer engineering while forming relationships with Cal Poly engineering students. Throughout the event, the volunteers were encouraged to share their passion for engineering and connect with the scouts so that they would have engineering role models as they continue with the academic careers.
Softec’s 9th Annual Robotics Expo was held at the Madonna Expo Center on Monday, September 25th, 2017. The event was an opportunity for students of all ages to get exposed to advanced robotics leagues and applications of engineering and robotics in industry. At the expo, Cal Poly SWE provided children who attended with a hands-on engineering activity to teach them about aerodynamics, problem-solving, and the concept of engineering. Each student was provided with an assortment of supplies and asked to “engineer” a parachute to safely glide to the ground. This activity resulted in many inventive solutions in which the students designed and re-designed their parachutes to best use gravity and air resistance to their advantage.
On Sunday, September 17 over twenty SWE officers volunteered to recruit new freshmen and transfer students in the 2017 Club Showcase. These officers dedicated a large portion of their Sunday to engage with and welcome new students. Participating in the Club Showcase gave SWE a chance to share how thrilled we are for the upcoming year and the new members that will join the family we have formed. It was amazing to watch the exciting energy that was transferred between new students and volunteering officers. This enthusiasm eventually led to an amazing amount of interest from freshmen and transfer students!
SWE-EETY, otherwise known as Society of Women Engineers Express Engineering to Youngsters, is an acronym that stands for exactly what it does. SWE-EETY is a program for current Cal Poly SWE members to present to their hometown high schools about STEM, women in engineering, and Cal Poly engineering. Each presentation capitalized on a final engineering challenge for the high schoolers to participate in a “learn by doing” environment. This year, the engineering challenges were: Seismic Shake, An Engineering Feat, and Make Stuff Wilder. SWE-EETY’s sponsor, Lockheed Martin, sent representatives to the presentations to give students an insight on what it is like to be a part of the STEM workforce. This year, SWE-EETY went to 5 high schools and engaged with 350 high school students. Thank you so much to all of the SWE members who made this event possible through their presentations, and thank you to Lockheed Martin for supporting and sponsoring SWE-EETY this year.
Discover Engineering is an event for first-year and transfer students held annually at UCSB a few days before the start of the new school year. We set up a table and met a lot of promising undergrads. We also took the opportunity to hand out flyers for a social held right after the event, SWEets with SWE, so that we would have more time to spend with the all the incoming engineers. After sharing stories, addressing doubts, eating desserts, and taking pictures with our superhero cutouts, our new members left with a little more excitement and a little less nervousness regarding the new school year. This event ended up being an awesome start to the 2017-2018 year. We loved getting to know all of our new members!