Did you know? According to Richard E. Caruso, PhD, the roles of the Mentee and Mentor “is the third most powerful relationship for influencing human behavior (after the family and couple relationships) if it is working."
On Saturday the 26th of October in 2013, the Society of Women Engineers Annual Conference in Baltimore hosted Invent It. Build It., which is a hands-on engineering experience for middle school girls with a corresponding program for parents and educators at the Baltimore Convention Center. It was the biggest girl power workshop of this Fall in the heart of downtown Baltimore. Who knew one establishment could hold so much innovative inspiration in one building. Invent It. Build It., is a one stop shop for everything engineering including Mentor & Mentee workshops, Educator & parent workshops, STEM EXPO exhibitor exposure, networking and hands-on engineering activities. Talk about a day full of girl power ingenuity.
Did you know? Invent It. Build It. takes place annually at the Society of Women Engineers Conference; whereas, the event locations vary each year.
The celebration took place from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. serving box lunches. The cold cut sandwiches and chocolate chip cookies were flowing from every corner of the building. You should know all teen registered attendees were given complimentary back packs and t-shirts. The agenda for the day included two main events:
- The young teens had a chance to work with members of the Society of Women Engineers, a variety of smart women from around the world on Design Squad Nation activities. The objective was to mentor young girls in the hopes of leaving them with a lasting impression of what engineers do and how they make a world of difference.
- The parents and educators had a chance to network, contribute in a panel discussion with SWE members and outreach experts; and do an engineering hands-on activity of their own.
The coolest part of it all; I had the opportunity to personally mentor some young ladies for the day. It was a very rewarding experience especially since, I was one of two women in the first graduating class at University of Baltimore’s School of Liberal Arts Applied Information Technology program. You should know STEM educational endeavors are totally under populated by females. Have questions about Invent It. Build It.? Contact Randy Freedman, SWE Outreach Manager via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Be on the lookout for the 3rd USA Science & Engineering Festival, the largest science festival in the United States, coming April 26-27, 2014 to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington D.C.