SWENext DesignLab

SWENext DesignLabSWENext DesignLab is an outreach event taking place at three WE Local conferences in 2019 - Baltimore, St. Louis and Denver. At DesignLab, students, parents and educators will learn more about how we can inspire young generations to pursue their interests in STEM.

The morning will feature educational sessions for students, parents and educators including SWENext 101, bias literacy training and role models matter training. The afternoon will feature presentations from teams competing in the DesignLab Community Engagement Challenge. An award ceremony will follow for the Community Engagement Challenge, the Community Award recognition and the Community Innovator Award winners.

SWENext DesignLab Dates & Locations

  • Baltimore: February 9, 2019
  • St. Louis: March 2, 2019
  • Denver: March 15, 2019

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. Click here to enter.

Enter before the deadlines:

Baltimore: Application Due January 19, 2019
St. Louis: Application Due: February 9, 2019
Denver: Application Due: February 23, 2019


Community Innovator Awards

Three juniors and seniors from the Community Awards applications will be deemed a Community Innovator. To be considered, students must submit a three-minute video discussing their involvement with STEM and what they are doing in their community. Community Innovators will receive a SWENext trophy and a mentoring session with a SWE Professional. Click here to enter.


See videos from past Innovator Award recipients: