SWENext DesignLab Awards
SWENext DesignLab Portland is now accepting applications for the:
2018 SWENext Local Innovator Awards Program
Deadline to Apply: March 17, 2018
SWE is proud to present the 2018 SWENext Local Innovator Awards Program, recognizing the outstanding young women shaping the future of SWE by developing an engineering identity in themselves and others. The Local Innovator Awards Program celebrates those who have charted their own path in the engineering fields and who strive to elevate STEM in their community. These awards are given to SWENexters in their junior and senior years of high school. Award recipients will have built a solid foundation toward future success and fulfillment in engineering by demonstrating intellectual curiosity, enthusiasm, persistence, and leadership.
To acknowledge the obstacles faced when living outside of urban centers, the SWENext Judith Gray Innovator Award was created. In honor of Ms. Gray, this Innovator Award is given to SWENexters in rural areas. To be eligible for the SWENext Judith Gray Global Innovator Award, applicants must live in a rural area as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau. If you live outside the U.S., please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to determine eligibility.
SWENext Local Innovator Award and SWENext Judith Gray Local Innovator Award Recipients receive the following:
- Registration to one of the five WE Local conferences in 2018 for themselves and one adult chaperone
- Recognition for their accomplishments during the WE Achieve awards banquet
- A 3D printed trophy and a certificate of achievement
- Participation in the SWENext DesignLab event as an engineer’s assistant
SWE Commemorative Shirt:” This is what a future engineer looks like” and other goodies
The SWENext Local Innovator Awards Program Portland timeline is as follows:
- Application closes 3/17/2018
- Recipients announced 3/21/18
- Conference event date 4/7/2018
2018 SWENext Northrop Grumman High School Community Award
Deadline to Apply: March 17, 2018
The SWENext Northrop Grumman High School Community Award Program encourages students to use STEM to solve real-world problems. This award emphasizes the impact SWENexters can have in their communities through creative engineering. The problems are chosen by SWE members and represent ongoing and future concerns in the student’s community. Freshman through senior high school SWENexters are eligible to participate. The award recipients are selected by SWE members.
Sponsored by Northrop Grumman, this award is meant to get the Portland community involved in and excited about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).
For this award, a poster must be submitted that examines a problem in your community and proposes a solution using STEM to ONE of the two following prompts:
PROMPT 1: Homelessness increased 8% to upwards of 18% as measured in major West Coast cities like Portland, Vancouver, Seattle in 2016 to early 2017. This complicated problem and humanitarian crisis not only affects the people who face homelessness, but also the city and its residents who live side by side with the homeless and unsheltered population. Many residents want to help, but struggle to define innovative and cost-effective solutions. How can cities like Portland and Vancouver use science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to reduce the suffering homelessness brings and/or help to decrease the homeless population? Design a poster to describe your proposed solution.
PROMPT 2: Portland has the distinction of being within the top 15 cities in the US for the worst road congestion. In 2016 there were nearly 7% more cars on the road than the previous year and that number is expected to increase as population growth continues over the next decade. Road and bridge capacity are maxed out and new road and bridge projects are de-prioritized over the need for maintenance of the aging infrastructure. What solutions do you envision using science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to alleviate the road congestion problem now and mitigate the future impact? Design a poster to describe your proposed solution.
SWENext High School Community Award Recipients receive the following:
- Participation in the SWENext DesignLab event as engineer’s assistant
- A trophy and certificate of achievement
- Participation in Community Award poster presentations where they will present their poster to middle school girls, parents, educators, and professional engineers.
- SWE Commemorative Shirt:” This is what a future engineer looks like” and some goodies.
Applications will be open through: March 17, 2018