By Sam Gildersleeve
Volunteering for this year’s Girl Scout badge workshop was a lot more exciting and impacting than I had initially expected it to be. It was my first experience with doing it so I admit to being a little nervous as for what to expect, how many girls there were going to be, and whether or not I would be able to encourage their interests in the engineering field. I also wanted it to be a special event for them as young girls because many girls are not confident in their abilities to prove their strengths in invention, and analytical and logical thought in a field dominated by males. Going into this program, I knew that I would be part of a small group in charge of an electrical engineering station.
Though I’m not studying electrical engineering, I knew enough about the subject matter to be able to conduct the demonstrations of lighting a light bulb with some copper wires and batteries to teach the girls about the different electrical circuits, electrical charges, and power sources. What I didn’t expect was for these girls to also be able to teach me a few things. First of all, these girls were extraordinarily bright and were naturally inclined to applying themselves with hands-on activities and experiments. Second of all, they were able to teach me how to better focus my attention on their needs and speak to them like young adults instead of young children. I have three younger siblings and have babysat for countless children so I knew I would love the interaction with girl scouts, especially being a girl scout years ago myself.
Making my way around the room
to each group of “buddies” allowed me insight into each separate group dynamic,
how they worked together, their thought processes, strengths, and weaknesses.
Making a personal connection with each of the girls helped show me how to
better my techniques on teaching the subject to them and also made a positive
difference for these girls. I could tell by the end of their day that not only
were they excited to be able to earn a badge for their strides in the
engineering fields but also that they were positively affected by the real women
role-models from SWE that they were able to connect with and learn from. I’m
very grateful I was able to participate in this workshop and teach and learn
from the girls who will hopefully one day be as ambitious and hard-working as I
saw that day.
I'd like to personally apologize for the lack of updates!
We had a huge semester filled with fund raisers and activities! Some of the events were donut sales, jewelry making and sales, a yankee swap, a speaker from NCEES, and many other great events! They can all be seen by browsing through the past few months in our calendar section!
Additionally, I am proud to welcome our new e-board! I know that they will do a great job in 2012, and I look forward to seeing how the club progresses!
(former!) President :)
We've been back at RWU for almost a week now and already so much has happened!
We have received our budget, and we will be sending six girls on the national conference! Congratulations to those of you who were chosen!
On Wednesday, the school hosts its annual involvement fair. Look for SWE! Then, at 3:30PM, we will hold an ice cream social and give our new freshmen their welcome gifts!!
Additionally, we've teamed up with the engineering club to help host a "Which engineering is right for me?" seminar! It should be super helpful to incoming freshmen, and maybe even some confused sophomores.
Keep checking back for more updates as the year progresses!
First and foremost, I'd like to apologize for our lack of updating. As our website is new this semester, we are not quite acclimated to the change.
As our semester drew to a close, we were required to complete much paperwork, as well as final projects and exams for classes. Luckily, we were still able to host meetings and events as the semester became busier and busier with finals. Since the last update, we held a 50/50 raffle, a SWE Collegiate Leadership Coaching Committee Seminar (CLCC), a donut breakfast, a trip to Newport, and a few meetings. Our 50/50 was profitable and fun, and it is extremely likely that this event will make a reappearance next semester. For the CLCC, a representative from SWE National came to RWU to help us strengthen our club and plan better events, so incoming freshmen: expect a few SWE goodies at the beginning of the semester! Our donut breakfast was profitable as well, and we also are planning to hold that fundraiser again. The trip to Newport hit a few snags and had low attendance, but that only means we need to pick a better date for everyone next time!
Since orientation is currently being held at RWU, I'd like to address all of the female engineers who are planning to attend our school. We'd like to welcome you in advance to SWE and encourage you to email us over the summer with questions, comments, or just to get to know us. I'd also like to invite you to join our Facebook group here and get to know some of the other girls you'll be spending time with during SWE. We're extremely excited to meet all of you, and we hope to hear from you soon! Our contact information is on the Contact Us page.
Have a great summer!
SWE has been busy trying to raise funds, organize a CLCC visit, attending a regional conference, and working at a few other endeavors, which is why we have not been able to update our site in a while. Below, I've briefly described two of these.
One of the best things we've done recently was our Girl Scout Badge Workshop. The girls who participated earned their "Making it Matter" badge by learning about engineering through various activities. The stations included plastics engineering, electrical engineering, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, and a few others! A huge thanks to Sue Anderson who organized this event; she recently informed me that all of the feedback from the girls was positive. The girls loved this event, which we always strive for.
This year's regional conference was at RPI in Troy, NY. This was RWU's first year attending, so we sent the four officers to see how valuable it was. Overall, we learned a lot, and we will probably work to send girls again next year. We attended the following sessions:
Hopefully we'll have another update soon!
- Vivienne Clayton
So after a few security issues, we've had to move our website. Barring any unforeseen circumstances, this will be our FINAL website location. Check back often!
Our older posts are below.