A special one-day engineering program for girls, families, and educators is coming to Providence as part of an effort to close the gender gap in technical fields.

SWENext DesignLab is for girls in grades 6-8 and their families. Put on by the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), it is designed to show girls the creative and innovative facets of engineering. Kidoinfo.com is proud to be a sponsor of this event.

SWENext DesignLab will take place from 1:30-5 pm, on Saturday, April 21, 2018, at the Rhode Island Convention Center as part of WE Local Providence, the SWE local conference and career fair.

Girls participate in a SWENext DesignLab in Tulsa, Arizona

“You can’t be what you can’t see,” said Randy Freedman, SWE Director of Student Programs SWENext DesignLab shows girls that they can change the world with engineering. SWENext DesignLab in Providence 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.”

Something for everyone in the family

SWENext DesignLab Providence is divided into two parts: The Middle School Girls Program (grades 6-8) and the Parent /Educator Program (PEP).

Middle School Girls Program: At the Middle School Girls Program, attendees will engage in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) 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. Students will learn about biomedical engineering by building a device that helps you pick up objects from a distance. They will explore electrical engineering through making a dance pad with flashing lights.

Parent /Educator Program (PEP): 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.

Register for SWENext DesignLab

The cost of the girls’ programs is $7, and the cost of the PEP program is $5. For more information about SWENext DesignLab and to register, visit this website. Visit the program’s Facebook page. Find them on Twitter with hastags:  #SWENext; #BeThatEngineer; and #design_lab.

Awards made at the conference

SWENext DesignLab will also be awarding the winners to two programs. The SWENext Local Innovator Awards Program recognizes the outstanding young women shaping the future of SWE by developing an engineering identity in themselves and others. The SWENext Northrop Grumman High School Community Award Program encourages students to use STEM to solve real-world problems and make a difference in Rhode Island.

About SWE

The Society of Women Engineers (SWE), founded in 1950, is the world’s largest advocate and catalyst for change for women in engineering and technology. The not-for-profit educational and service organization is the driving force that establishes engineering as a highly desirable career aspiration for women.

To ensure SWE members reach their full potential as engineers and leaders, the Society offers unique opportunities to network, provides professional development, shapes public policy and provides recognition for the life-changing contributions and achievements of women engineers. As a champion of diversity, SWE empowers women to succeed and advance in their personal and professional lives. For more information about the Society, please visit their website or call 312-596-5223.