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SWENext DesignLab Community Engagement Challenge

The SWENext DesignLab Community Engagement Challenge is an outreach challenge for high school students in Baltimore, Denver, and St. Louis. Teams will have a chance to win $1,000 to implement a community service project and an all-expense paid trip to SWE’s annual conference, WE19, in Anaheim, California. Click here to learn more.

2019 SWENext Community Awards

The SWENext Community Awards recognizes girls in grades 6-12 who are actively interested in STEM and doing something in their community about it (e.g. raising awareness, mentoring students, participating in SWENext, etc.). Community Award recipients will attend DesignLab and receive a certificate during the awards ceremony. Juniors and seniors who apply for the community award will have an opportunity to be deemed a Global Innovator and will receive a SWENext trophy and a mentoring session with a SWE member. Click here to enter.

SWENext Northrop Grumman Community Award Program

Who's Eligible: Grades 9, 10, and 11 (in Fall 2019)

What you have to do:
Create a poster that answers the questions: How do we get more female middle school and high school students involved with STEM? How do we encourage these students to stick with STEM as they plan for college?

What you can win:
Participation in the Community Award poster presentation where the winners will present their posters to middle school girls, parents, educators, and professional engineers; participation in the SWENext High School Leadership Academy, Invent It. Build It., and an exclusive behind the scenes tour of Disneyland.

Deadline: September 23rd (This has a rolling acceptance for up to 25 students starting as early as late May, so apply early!) Also, one SWENexter will be announced as a “SWENext Influencer” in mid to late October.

SWENext High School Community Award Recipients receive the following:

  • Registration to WE19, SWE’s global conference in Anaheim, California in November 2019 for the recipient and one adult chaperone.
  • Participation in the SWENext High School Leadership Academy.
  • Participation in the Invent it. Build it. event as an engineer's assistant.
  • Participation in Community Award poster presentations during the STEM EXPO where they will present their poster to middle school girls, parents, educators, and professional engineers.
  • A 3D printed trophy and certificate of achievement.
  • SWE Commemorative Shirts: “Watch Me Change the World” and other goodies.

Check back in Spring 2019 for more information about applying for the Northrop Grumman Community Awards.

SWENext Innovator Awards Program

Who's Eligible: Grade 12 (in Fall 2019)

What you have to do: Answer four short essay questions and create a video that is less than three minutes long

What you can win: All expense paid trip to Anaheim CA for you and a chaperone; recognition at the SWE Awards Banquet; participation in the SWENext High School Leadership Academy, Invent It. Build It., and an exclusive behind the scenes tour of Disneyland.

Deadline: September 1st (Up to six winners will be announced by September 13th)

SWENext Awards

The SWENext Innovator Award Program recognizes the outstanding young women shaping the future of SWE by developing an engineering identity in themselves and others. Award recipients exemplify intellectual curiosity, enthusiasm, and leadership in the STEM community. These students demonstrate a commitment to bettering the lives of women in STEM, volunteer in outreach initiatives, and are pursuing a career in engineering. SWENexters in their junior and senior years of high school are eligible and recipients are selected by SWE members. Global Innovator Award recipients are honored at the SWE Annual Conference and Local Innovator Award recipients are honored at the WE Local Conferences.

To acknowledge the obstacles faced when living outside of urban centers, the SWENext Judith Gray Innovator Award was created. In honor of Ms. Gray, this Innovator Award is given to SWENexters in rural areas.

Francis Judith Gray (1942-2015)
Ms. Gray, a resident of Petersburg, IN. graduated from Indiana University in 1966 receiving a BA in Plant Sciences. She served on numerous public boards including chairwoman of the IU Alumni Association l987-l988 and served on the Board of Managers from 1985 to 1989. At the time of her death she was the Executive Director of the Orange County Economic Development Partnership. She was an advocate for student learning, helping to ensure that technology and advanced learning opportunities were available for all students.  She was very supportive of Project Lead the Way (PLTW) programs, including engineering, robotics, and biomedical programs. Although she did not hold an engineering degree, she encouraged rural students, and especially female students, to pursue STEM-related studies.

To be eligible for the SWENext Judith Gray Global Innovator Award, applicants must live in a rural area as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau. If you live outside the U.S., please contact us at outreach@swe.org to determine eligibility.

SWENext Global Innovator Award Recipients receive the following:

  • All-expenses paid trip to WE18, SWE's global conference in Minneapolis, MN in October
  • 2018 for the recipient and one adult chaperone
  • Recognition for their accomplishments during the SWE Awards Banquet
  • Participation in the SWENext High School Leadership Academy
  • Participation in the Invent it. Build it. event as an engineer's assistant.
  • A 3D printed trophy and certificate of achievement
  • SWE Commemorative Shirts: "Watch Me Change the World" and other goodies

Check back in Spring 2019 for more information about applying for the SWENext Global Innovator Award Program

SWENext Local Innovator Award Recipients receive the following:

  • Registration to one of the five WE Local conferences in 2019 for themselves and one adult chaperone
  • Recognition for their accomplishments during the WE Achieve awards banquet
  • A 3D printed trophy and a certificate of achievement
  • Participation in the SWENext DesignLab event as an engineer's assistant
  • SWE Commemorative Shirt: "This is what a future engineer looks like" and other goodies

Check back in Fall 2018 for more information about applying for the SWENext Local Innovator Award Program.