educating girls in Central Illinois
and helping them to know and understand what engineering is and all the opportunities there are available for them! We do this through community events and partnering with schools and other organizations.
SWE-CI currently has two SWENext clubs!
One meets at Liberty Leadership Middle School (Formerly Lindbergh Middle School) once a month and the other club is called GEMS (Girls Excelling in Math and Science), and they meet quarterly at the Morton Library!
In addition, our members are active volunteers in their local schools participating in career day discussions. We also work with Brownie and Girl Scout troops conducting experiments to help students celebrate the wonder of the world around them and kindle the inquisitive spirit. SWE-CI also collaborates with other Engineering organizations like NSBE (National Society of Black Engineers) on events sponsored by Caterpillar like Fresh Start.
Over 10 years, the Central Illinois Section has raised over $25,000 to endow a scholarship with the Society of Women Engineers. We have been providing a high school graduate from the Central Illinois area a scholarship to study engineering in college. We have been able to provide scholarships since 2003.
If you are interested in joining the committee or volunteering for any of our upcoming events, please email the outreach committee chair and indicate your interest.
Can SWE-CI come to my school?
SWE-CI members conduct career workshops/talks, science day booths, family science nights, career/school tours and an ongoing mentoring program at Lindbergh Middle School. If an area school or community is interested in any such activity, contact the outreach committee chair by October 1st of the year. This will provide sufficiently advanced notice so requests are assessed for resources, events planned and members tapped for volunteering. STEM motivation and community K-12 outreach is a core part of what we do at SWE, since ‘Aspire. Advance. Achieve’ are the words we stand by.