Society of Women Engineers

Invent it. Build it.

Invent it. Build it. is an experience designed to encourage middle school and high school girls to choose a career in engineering.

Students participate in a hands-on engineering experience with members of the Society of Women Engineers.

While the girls are having fun building and inventing, parents and educators learn about engineering careers, scholarships, college admission, and resources.

All attendees learn about engineering clubs, camps, after-school programs and competitions at the Invent it. Build it. EXPO. Read more

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Event Overview

Invent it. Build it. is an experience designed to encourage girls to choose a career in engineering. This is achieved through a three-pronged approach:

  1. SWE Girls Program
  2. Parent Educator Program (PEP)
  3. EXPO

All girls registered for the SWE Girls Program will participate in a hands-on engineering experience with members of the Society of Women Engineers. While the girls are having fun building and inventing, parents and educators will learn about engineering careers, scholarships, college admission and resources.

Both groups will learn about engineering clubs, camps, after-school programs and competitions from a wide variety of exhibitors at the Invent it. Build it. EXPO.

SWE Middle School Girls Program for grades 6-8

The SWE Middle School Girls Program is the main event at Invent it. Build it. The girls will have the opportunity to experience the creative and innovative sides of engineering through hands-on projects alongside real engineers. The program will run from 9am-4pm. Participants are asked to stay for the entire program. Watch our video.

The girls will:

  • Work with SWE members from around the world on hands-on engineering activities
  • Meet real engineers and learn what they do
  • Make new friends
  • Explore the Invent it. Build it. EXPO to learn about clubs, camps, competitions, and much more
  • Get an Invent it. Build it. t-shirt, bag and lots of other goodies
  • Be eligible to win raffle prizes
  • Have lunch with the SWE engineers (lunch provided)

The cost to attend is $7. Financial assistance is available upon request.

SWE High School Girls Program for grades 9-12

The SWE High School Girls Program is also the main event at Invent it. Build it. Attendees will have the opportunity to experience the creative and innovative sides of engineering through hands-on projects alongside real engineers. The program will run from 9am-4pm. Participants are asked to stay for the entire program.

The students will:

  • Meet real engineers and learn what they do
  • Participate in conversations with SWE members from around the world and learn how to navigate a career in a male-dominated field
  • Receive information on how to select the right college, where to find scholarships and how to be a successful engineer
  • Work on hands-on engineering activities
  • Make new friends
  • Explore the Invent it. Build it. EXPO
  • Get an Invent it. Build it. t-shirt, bag and lots of other goodies
  • Be eligible to win raffle prizes
  • Have lunch with the SWE engineers (lunch provided)

The cost to attend is $7.

Parent/Educator Program (PEP) for adult advocates

Parents, guardians, teachers, counselors, administrators and leaders are encouraged to participate in the PEP. The program will run from 9am – 4pm. Participants are asked to stay for the entire program. Watch our video.

Parents and educators will:

  • Learn about engineering careers, scholarships, college admission and resources
  • Network with SWE members as well as other parents and educators
  • Participate in a panel discussion with select SWE members and outreach experts
  • Complete a hands-on activity and learn best practices for engineering projects with girls
  • Explore the Invent it. Build it. EXPO
  • Have lunch with the SWE engineers (lunch provided)
  • Get an Invent it. Build it. t-shirt
  • Join the girls at the end of the day for show and tell, raffles and pictures

The cost to attend is $5. Financial assistance is available upon request.

EXPO

The girls participating in the SWE Girls Program and those participating in the PEP will have the opportunity to walk through the EXPO from 9am-12pm.

Come to the EXPO to learn about:

  • Engineering clubs
  • Engineering camps
  • Competitions
  • After-school programs
  • Scholarships

…and more

Our exhibitors will have hands-on activities and lots of goodies to take home.

Apply to Exhibit at the EXPO

The Invent it. Build it. EXPO serves girls, parents, educators, SWE members and the general public. We are expecting between 1500 and 2000 participants. The EXPO will run from 9:00am – 12:00pm.

Exhibitors are asked to share information about engineering clubs, camps, after-school programs, competitions, best practices and outreach grants. Exhibitors are encouraged to have a hands-on component.

Visit here to apply to exhibit at the Expo.

SWE Next

Girls and parents can become part of SWE today.  Learn more and register for free at swenext.swe.org.

Scholarships

Explore future scholarship opportunities offered by SWE here.

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