WOW! That's Engineering is a two day conference that invites high school girls to learn about STEM and prepare for college through a variety of unique, engaging events, such as workshops in various engineering fields, keynotes led by established female industry professionals, and socials for attendees to get to know each other.
WOW attendees are encouraged, but not required, to enter our Engineering Design Challenge! Pitch your innovation to our judges and you (and a friend) can win a Nintendo Switch Lite, Kindle, or Amazon Echo Dot!
This year, we are bringing back SWE++ as a way to support middle school girls on their journey through tech and the field of computer science.
Every Saturday, we host a virtual class teaching Python, computer science principles such as casting, math operations, as well as conditionals, and we have THREE exciting final projects available for participants to complete! We hope to utilize this opportunity to inspire more girls to enter the tech/STEM fields and to make sure they feel confident in their skills moving forward in their education.
We understand that making decisions that impact the next four years of one's life can be quite difficult. This November, we hosted an engineering panel for high school graduates to learn more about the college applications process and what it’s like to be in an engineering program in higher education. We had a diverse panel of several experience levels and engineering disciplines—mainly Computer Science, Biomedical Engineering, and Computer Engineering. Similar to last summer's High School Panel event, this one was virtual and open to all high school graduates.
WOW! That’s Engineering is an award-winning conference that has garnered approximately 90+ high school girls in attendance the last few years. At the event, attendees will get to learn about different engineering fields through a series of workshops and design activities hosted by industry professionals. Some notable companies that have partnered with us for WOW include Lockheed Martin, Johnson & Johnson, Arlo, Langan, Fastly, and Blach Construction! Our keynote speakers and college panelists are excited to share their experience and give valuable advice. We also have an engineering design challenge, with judges from Google, where students can present their solution to an environmental issue and win prizes such as a Nintendo Switch Lite and more! All students will receive a goodie bag with workshop materials and swag. This is a great opportunity for high school girls to make new friends, understand what it takes to be an engineer, and consider their academic options in higher education.
The ratio of men to women in the technology space is very large, and we need more women in tech. Many girls, including ourselves, haven't been exposed to computer science until much later in life, or were not encouraged to pursue this field. We are here to make some changes and introduce middle school girls to computer science in a comfortable and supportive atmosphere. SWE++ is very passionate about introducing more women into technology fields and reducing the gender gap by hosting our 10-week computer science program so girls can get a head start on exploring the world of computing. Currently, we are hosting around 30 middle schoolers on Zoom and Google Classroom every Saturday where we will be teaching computer science concepts in the programming language, Python, and working towards a final project. Our goal is not only to introduce them to CS, but to also provide them a community of other girls and mentors that they can work with and learn from. Throughout the semester, we plan to have guest speakers and fun events as well.
Online school means online college tours and info sessions for graduating high school seniors. We know that making decisions can be quite difficult when everything has been switched to a virtual setting overnight. Over the summer, we hosted an engineering panel for high school students to learn about the college applications process and what it’s like to be in an engineering program in higher education. We were able to create a diverse panel of many experience levels and engineering disciplines including Mechanical Engineering, Software Engineering, and Biomedical Engineering. We hope to host more such events for the next application season!