SWENext DesignLab

Unfortunately, the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) had to cancel DesignLab Buffalo and Des Moines because of the conference postponement. Please see the full statement online at the Society of Women Engineers homepage.

For the 2020 STEM in Action Award, Local Innovator Award and Community Engagement Challenge, the application process is now closed. Award recipients will be contacted directly and receive their certificates and/or trophies in the mail.

For more information on future awards, competitions, events, activities and programs, make sure you follow our monthly newsletters here and our social media pages using our handle @SWENext.

If you have any questions, please send them to swenext@swe.org.


SWENext DesignLab is an engineering engagement program for middle schoolers, high schoolers, parents and educators taking place at three WE Local conferences in 2020 – San Diego, Buffalo and Des Moines.

This full-day event will include educational sessions for students, parents and educators, and the SWENext DesignLab Community Engagement Challenge for students engaged in STEM. Sessions will include educational sessions for students, parents and educators, and the SWENext DesignLab Community Engagement Challenge for students engaged in STEM. Sessions will include role model training, a trip to the WE Local Career Fair, a networking session with women engineers, and presentations from the Community Engagement Challenge teams!


SWENext DesignLab Community Engagement Challenge

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The SWENext DesignLab Community Engagement Challenge presentations will take place during DesignLab in San Diego, Buffalo, and Des Moines. The challenge asks teams of high school students to create a hands-on engineering activity for younger students that will help resolve a local issue. The teams will present their proposal to a panel of women engineers for a chance to win $1,000 to implement their project and an all expense paid trip to SWE’s annual conference, WE20, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Click here to learn more.

Click here to see the outcome from the 2019 DesignLab Challenge Winning Teams!

SWENext STEM in Action Awards

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The STEM in Action Award 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.). STEM in Action Award recipients will attend DesignLab and receive a certificate during the awards ceremony. Click here to learn more.

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