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SWENext DesignLab Portland

SWENext DesignLab is a half-day event that will take place on Saturday, April 7 at WE Local Portland. It is an experience designed to encourage girls to choose a career in engineering. This is achieved through two congruent programs:

  • Middle School Girls Program (Grades 6 – 8)
  • Parent Educator Program (PEP)

And two high school awards: the SWENext Local Innovator Award and the SWENext Northrop Grumman Community Award.

All girls registered for the SWE Girls Program will participate in a hands-on engineering experience with members of the Society of Women Engineers. Participants are asked to stay for the entire program.

Registration and volunteer sign-ups are now open. Visit the "DesignLab" drop down menu to learn more!


While the girls are having fun building and inventing, parents and educators will learn about engineering careers, scholarships, college admission, and resources.

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

Parents, guardians, teachers, counselors, administrators and leaders are encouraged to participate in the PEP.

For more information, please contact designlab@swe.org.

Parents and educators will:

  • Learn about engineering careers, scholarships, college admission and resources
  • Network with SWE members as well as other parents and educators
  • Participate in a panel discussion with select SWE members and outreach experts
  • Complete a hands-on activity and learn best practices for engineering projects with girls
  • Get a SWE t-shirt
  • Join the girls at the end of the day for show and tell, raffles and pictures

For more information, please contact designlab@swe.org.