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.

Teams will solve community problems using engineering and design solutions with women engineers in their community. Teams who enter the challenge will get experience in grant proposal writing, project implementation, presentation skills and leadership. Click here to download the Entry Proposal Brief – a description of the new Community Engagement Challenge.

Join us for the Challenge Webinar on Friday, October 14, 2018

The Community Engagement Challenge Orientation Webinar will cover challenge objectives, a review of the proposal brief, and deliverables and the timeline. You'll also have  the opportunity to ask questions.

Join us Friday, October 14, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. CT. Click here to register for the webinar.

*If you are unable to attend this webinar will be recorded to review after the event.*


Enter the Challenge

To express your interest in the Challenge, receive necessary resources, and be paired with a SWE Advisor each team must submit an Entry Proposal. Entry proposals are due December 23, 2018.

Step 1: Download and read the Proposal Brief
This will provide you an understanding of the challenge objectives and requirements.

Step 2: Assemble your team.
Your team must consist of 5-15 high school students and one faculty member. At least 50% of your team must identify as female.

Step 3: Identify an economic or environmental community need that can be solved using engineering.
Submit an entry proposal describing the problem by December 23, 2018. The entry proposal is an expression of interest to provide contact information, receive necessary resources and be paired with a SWE Advisor. You will also be asked to provide basic information about a community issue your team is interested in exploring.

Step 4: Meet your SWE advisor.
SWE will connect you with a SWE member in your local area to help your team design your service project.

Step 5: Outline your project.
Your Design Outline will detail the community issue identified and a hands-on engineering activity that can solve this issue. Templates will be provided. The Design Outline is due February 1, 2019.

Step 6: Present your project at DesignLab.
You and your team will have five minutes to present your project to a panel of women engineers and program sponsors at DesignLab in Baltimore, Denver or St. Louis.

Step 7: Implement your service project.
The top three projects will receive a $1,000 grant from SWE to actually implement your service project in the community, partnering with a local middle school to engage students in STEM.

Step 8: Share your experience with SWE.
The top three teams will compete to win an all expense paid trip to SWE’s annual conference, WE19, in Anaheim, California. Submit a video of your activity and service project to enter.