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New Club! Society of Women Engineers
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Tuesday, September 26, 2017
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Walker Valley High School is proud to announce a new club called SWENext. SWE, Society of Women Engineers, was organized in May 1950. Since its founding, SWE has focused its efforts on introducing young women to careers in engineering, demonstrating to employers and the public the critical role women engineers play in creative teams, and providing support to women engineers as they advance in their careers. SWENext is a way to become part of the Society of Women Engineers as a student through the age of 18.

 What can students expect when they join the WV SWENext club?

The club aims to spark girls’ interest in engineering by exposing them to its various disciplines. The club connects them with local industry professionals and college students majoring in engineering fields, where they give the girls a first-hand look at what it is like to be a female in their respective disciplines. With access to the local professional SWE section, students will have access to more than 30+ local female engineers. SWENext club members will lead hands on activities with younger students in the elementary/middle school grades. What makes this different is the SWENexters, as they are known, will decide what type of activity they are most interested in learning about and that is the activity they will lead! In addition to leadership skills learned through a hands on approach working with younger students, the SWENexters will also have the freedom to decide what activities, speakers and technical tours they would like to take. Seniors are also eligible for scholarships through SWE and the local professional SWE section! For more information on scholarships please visit http://societyofwomenengineers.swe.org/index.php/scholarships#activePanels

 Requirements:

Requirements to join the WV SWENext club are (1) be in the STEM academy and currently or previously enrolled in an engineering focused class (Intro to Mechatronics/Mechatronics/CAD), (2) must participate in a project that promotes engineering, (3) participate in a fundraiser to help fund either a STEAM summer camp or future outreach activities for elementary/middle school girls and (4) Students must attend at least 5 of the 7 planned meetings which will be held during MAPS class.  The cost to join the club is $15. If you want to join but need assistance with the fee please contact Mrs. Curvin, Mr. Bivens or Mrs. Geyer.

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