One of our greatest goals at Stanford SWE is to promote engineering to K-12 students in our local community. Our Director of Outreach and our team of outreach officers work together to plan many awesome events on campus.
Our elementary school outreach program hosts our largest outreach event every year called Exploring New Worlds. SWE brings hundreds of students from across the Bay area to participate in interactive demos and hands-on team activities. SWE heavily recruits among its members and its sister diversity societies for help in planning the event, leading demos, and hanging out with the students.
Starting this year we are running a mentorship program in which we pair middle school girls with SWE members for a quarter to work on a hands-on engineering project.
Mentor and mentee pairs meet once a week for 90 minutes to work on an engineering project once a week. The mentor-mentee pairs work on projects involving a range of topics including: App Development, Art, Physics, Robotics, Social Entrepreneurship, and more!
SWE partners with Techbridge, a local organization dedicated to building girls’ enthusiasm for science and technology, to bring 20-40 middle school girls on campus each year. SWE volunteers take them on a tour of campus and into a dorm so they can see what college life is like. The girls also have an opportunity to tour a lab to get a more concrete idea of what engineers do. At the end of the day, they become engineers themselves through a hands-on activity such as building marshmallow catapults.