Invent It. Build It.

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Invent it. Build it. is an experience designed to encourage girls to see themselves as engineers and choose a career in engineering. This is achieved through a four-pronged approach:

  1. SWENext Girls Program
  2. SWENext Parent Educator Program (PEP)
  3. EXPO
  4. SWENext Awards

All girls registered for the SWENext Girls Program will participate in a hands-on engineering experience with members of the Society of Women Engineers. While the girls are having fun building and inventing, parents and educators will learn about engineering careers, scholarships, college admission and resources.

Both groups will learn about engineering clubs, camps, after school programs and competitions from a wide variety of exhibitors at the Invent it. Build it. EXPO. After the SWENext Girls and Parent/Educator Program have walked through the EXPO we will open the doors to the general public.

IIBI Registration will open in May 2018

The SWENext Girls Program is the main event at Invent it. Build it. The girls will have the opportunity to experience the creative and innovative sides of engineering through hands-on projects alongside real engineers. The program will run from 9am-3:30pm. Participants are asked to stay for the entire program. Watch our video.

The girls will:

  • Work with SWE members from around the world on hands-on engineering activities
  • Meet real engineers and learn what they do
  • Make new friends
  • Explore the Invent it. Build it. EXPO during exclusive hours to learn about clubs, camps, competitions, and much more
  • Get an Invent it. Build it. t-shirt, bag and lots of other goodies
  • Be eligible to win raffle prizes
  • Have lunch with the SWE engineers (lunch provided)

The cost to attend is $7. Financial assistance is available upon request.

The SWENext High School Girls Program is also the main event at Invent it. Build it. Attendees will have the opportunity to experience the creative and innovative sides of engineering through hands-on projects alongside real engineers. The program will run from 9am-3:30pm. Participants are asked to stay for the entire program.

The students will:

  • Meet real engineers and learn what they do
  • Participate in conversations with SWE members from around the world and learn how to navigate a career in a male dominated field
  • Receive information on how to select the right college, where to find scholarships and how to be a successful engineer
  • Work on hands-on engineering activities
  • Make new friends
  • Explore the Invent it. Build it. EXPO during exclusive hours
  • Get an Invent it. Build it. t-shirt, bag and lots of other goodies
  • Be eligible to win raffle prizes
  • Have lunch with the SWE engineers (lunch provided)

The cost to attend is $7

Parents, guardians, teachers, counselors, administrators and leaders are encouraged to participate in the PEP. The program will run from 9am – 3:30pm. Participants are asked to stay for the entire program. Watch our video.

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
  • Explore the Invent it. Build it. EXPO during exclusive hours
  • Have lunch with the SWE engineers (lunch provided)
  • Get an Invent it. Build it. t-shirt
  • Join the girls at the end of the day for show and tell, raffles and pictures

The cost to attend is $5. Financial assistance is available upon request.

The girls participating in the SWENext Girls Program and those participating in the PEP will have the opportunity to walk through the EXPO during exclusive EXPO hours. For everyone else (adults and children of all ages) the EXPO will be open from 11:15am – 2:00pm.

From 11:15-2:00pm , the EXPO will be an open house and participants may come and go as they please.

Come to the EXPO to learn about:

  • Engineering clubs
  • Engineering camps
  • Competitions
  • After-school programs
  • Scholarships

…and more

Our exhibitors will have hands-on activities and lots of goodies to take home. Anyone attending the SWE Girls Program or Parent Educator Program (PEP), will walk through the EXPO during exclusive EXPO hours from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. All others may attend the EXPO from 11:15 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Information coming soon!

More information at inventitbuildit.swe.org