Upcoming Events

Outreach Programs

Outreach activities are one of the most important aspects of the mission of the Society of Women Engineers. These programs inspire the upcoming generations of women engineers. Our goal is to engage girls and young women in a wide variety of ways to cater to the wide variety of personalities of younger generations. SWE Wisconsin participates in a variety of Outreach activities throughout each year ranging from an hour long presentation to full days of workshops. It is our hopes to inspire young girls and provide quality role models for them.

Each year, SWE-WI volunteers participate in several outreach activities, including:

SWE Volunteers

Ready to get involved in outreach with SWE? Check out our active volunteer opportunities!

Do you need volunteers for your Outreach Event?

SWE-WI is constantly seeking new opportunities to get our volunteers involved. If you have an event you think you would be a great fit for SWE-WI, please fill out this form.


Upcoming Outreach Opportunities


Future City Judging, Jan. 26th 2019


Looking to start the new year off with some STEM outreach? Consider volunteering on January 26th at MSOE Kern Center as a judge for the Future City Competition. Judges need to arrive by 8am, judging is completed by 12:30pm. SWE-WI sponsors and judges the special award "Best Use of Recycled Materials". This is a great opportunity to meet with students interested in STEM and see how creative they are building a model of their Future City. Sign up with the link attached or contact Heidi at swewioutreach@swe.org for more information.


National Engineers Week Activities, Feb. 17-23th 2019


Mark your calendars E-Week is February 17th. SWE-WI outreach is planning on celebrating by Introducing a Girl to Engineering with Girl Scout Troops. SWE-WI is currently looking for troops to partner with in the Madison, Milwaukee, or Fox Valley area. If you know a troop that might be interested in doing Engineering activities in February/early March contact swewioutreach@swe.org to start planning an event. If you are outside of these areas and have a troop you would like to present to contact SWE outreach and we'll help you with giveaways, event ideas and supplies.


Badger State Science and Engineering Fair (BSSEF), March. 16th 2019

Save the date- March 16, 2019 is the Badger State Science and Engineering Fair (BSSEF), this Science and Engineering Fair is for High School students and showcases some highly talented students. Judges will be needed to interview students in Milwaukee on March 16. The top students move on to the INTEL Science Fair. The amount of time and energy that the students put forth for this is incredible. Topics from last year's engineering entries included improving castings, improving sound quality of guitars, cleaning car exhaust fumes, and 3D printing for medical use. More information to come.


Rube Goldberg Competition,TBA


We need 2-3 volunteers to judge our SWE-WI Special Award - Best Technical Writing of Machine Steps. There are 15 teams to judge & it should take a couple hours. Questions can be sent to swewioutreach@swe.org   

          When: March TBA 9AM  

          Where: WCTC - Waukesha County Technical College, 800 Main St, Pewaukee, Wisconsin 53072 [Building S] 

          RSVP: Please sign-up on Volunteer Spot by using this link: http://vols.pt/MeRrZJ


2019 Engineering Design Competition is looking for Virtual Judges! 

When: TBA
Where: Wherever you choose
RSVP: Please contact Patricia J Deibert (deibertp@msoe.edu) for details or to volunteer.

More about the competition: This year 108 registrants representing 16 Wisconsin schools will be participating in 2019 Engineering Design Competition. Teams of 1-3 students submit their design solution into a Portfolio in the Innovation Portal - https://www.innovationportal.org/. The documentation process is guided by A-M elements. Each of the elements are aligned to a rubric to which students have access. 

Virtual judges use the same rubric to score the student portfolios. All portfolio reviews take place virtually during the judging window – in June TBA – and in July TBA. The goal is to have each portfolio review by three to five judges. The scores are then averaged with the top ten teams being recognized at an awards banquet. The top three teams receive cash awards and feasibility studies by the Wisconsin Innovation Service Center.




If you have been involved in an outreach event since July 2018 and are a SWE member, send information about the event to Heidi Balestrieri at (hbison01@yahoo.com)so we can report the information in the SWE outreach tool. SWE-WI won a $100 gift card in a SWE drawing for an event held and reported in October. Information needed for the report: event name, date, all SWE sections that were involved, description of event, breakdown of girls and boys who participated, age of students, number of adult guests, number of SWE member volunteers, number of other volunteers, any partner organizations involved, or any other information to share.