Outreach

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One of our goals is to promote engineering and one of the biggest ways we achieve this goal is through many outreach programs. Outreach events show pre-college students the basics of engineering and the benefits of SWE.

"It is immensely important for universities to provide outreach opportunities to attract more women into science and engineering. This should start as early as the middle school and continue all the way through high school. This is when kids start to explore their interests and their career paths. Unfortunately, many girls are discouraged about engineering because they perceive it as being ‘too technical’ and ‘unexciting'."

~ Dr. Panadda Marayong, Society of Women Engineers Faculty Advisor

Every semester, the CSULB Society of Women Engineers, partnered with the CSULB College of Engineering Recruitment and Retention Center, hosts a one-day outreach event on campus to enhance elementary through high school student’s understanding of engineering, computer science, technology, and other non-traditional career fields. Women Engineers @ the Beach Day brings 200-400 female high school students to campus for a day during the Fall semester and Engineering Girls @ the Beach Day brings 200-400 female elementary and middle school students to campus during the Spring semester. Each of these events provides students with a fun-filled Friday of exposure to everything engineering. From featuring a powerhouse female keynote speaker from industry to workshops led by industry professionals, CSULB faculty, and student organizations, 4th through 12th grade students have the ability to interact with those who are in the STEM field. With hands-on activities, students are exposed to how science and math are applied to projects and careers. Engineering Girls @ the Beach was conceived in 2013 and Women Engineers @ the Beach was conceived in 2009. Both outreach events have been going strong throughout the years following, impacting over 100 schools, 6,000 elementary through high school students, and involving over 2,000 volunteers from the CSULB student and faculty community.

Women Engineers @ the Beach Day

Engineering Girls @ the Beach Day

“Ten years is an important milestone for the College of Engineering, the conference, and all its partners. We have come so far in the past decade, but there still is a lot to do because the sociocultural issues that establish male and female expectations of career roles still exist . These gender roles go against the research that tells us that girls are very capable at succeeding in math- and science-based careers. Stereotypes, social non-conformity, public sentiment, and self-efficacy are major reasons why the opportunities for young girls to explore the mathematical-logical part of cognitive thought, needed to succeed in a male-dominated profession, are limited."

"Engineering Girls @ the Beach will provide participants with an extension of what they are already learning in their classrooms. It is our hope that Engineering Girls @ the Beach will leave a lasting impression on our youngest participants. Reaching out to girls at a much younger age is critical in a generation where self-expression is valued over self-control, where Brittany Spears is more of a role model than their math and science teachers or renowned engineers such as Grace Murray Hopper and Judith Resnik.”

~ Lily Gossage, Founder

AWARDS:

  • Gold Outstanding Community Service 2016- 2017 Award presented by the CSULB Student Life and Development
  • Silver Outstanding Community Service 2012- 2013 Award presented by the CSULB Student Life and Development
  • Society of Women Engineers Outreach Event Series 2009- 2010 Award presented by the Society of Women Engineers
  • Kimberly-Clark Outreach 2009 Award presented by the Kimberly-Clark Corporation

If you are interested in participating in Women Engineers & Engineering Girls at the Beach Day as an industry exhibitor or a school attendee (serving 4th -12th grade), please contact the Outreach Chair at outreach@csulbswe.org.

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