Saturday, February 4, 2017

STEM events for girls

It is the year 2017, but the gender gap still exists in STEM fields. Although women are significantly outnumbered by men in STEM fields there are many programs and advocacy groups working hard to encourage women of all ages to engage in STEM! The Society of Women Engineers (SWE), is the world’s largest advocate for women in engineering and technology, and supporter for kids interested in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).

SWE is hosting a local conference for women engineers in Pittsburgh, WE Local, Feb. 17-19. Part of the conference is a special event for girls in grades 6-12.

SWENext DesignLab Pittsburgh 2017
When: Saturday, February 18, 2017
Where: Omni William Penn Hotel; Pittsburgh, PA
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Check-in opens at 1:30)

The girls will:

  • Work with local SWE members on hands-on engineering activities
  • Meet real engineers and learn what they do
  • Make new friends
  • Get a SWE t-shirt, bag and lots of other goodies
  • Be eligible to win raffle prizes

SWENext Design Lab Pittsburgh is an outreach event for middle schoolers who want to experience the creative and innovative facets of engineering. At SWENext Design Lab Pittsburgh, middle schoolers will participate in hands-on engineering activities led by women engineers and learn what it’s like to be an engineer. There will also be a special event for parents and educators to learn more about engaging children in STEM, exposing them to engineering and guiding them along the path to becoming an engineer. Programs like SWENext Design Lab Pittsburgh are crucial in the effort to encourage more young women to pursue STEM and to ultimately close the gender gap in technical fields.

Exciting opportunities are ahead for girls and women in this field! Go here for more information about this event and check out (and share!) the event flyer here. 

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

SWENext is a group within SWE for girls k-12. Go to for more information about SWENext.

This post is sponsored by SWENext and I loved collaborating with them for this great event!

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