University of Pennsylvania’s Society of Women Engineers (SWE).
My name is Shriya Karam and I am writing on behalf of the University of Pennsylvania’s Society of Women Engineers (SWE). SWE is a national non-profit organization that aims to advocate and increase opportunities for women in engineering and technology fields. The Penn SWE chapter does this through the annual Girls in Engineering and Related Sciences (GEARS) Day for high school students.
GEARS Day is an annual event for women and non-binary high school students to explore engineering majors and careers alongside Penn Engineering students. This year, GEARS Day will take place VIRTUALLY on January 8th-9th and January 15th-16th, 2022 with an OPTIONAL IN-PERSON COMPONENT (date TBD). Participants will be placed into small groups consisting of 10-12 students and 2 Penn student leaders to research and design creative solutions to an engineering project. Additionally, we will have a keynote speaker event and an optional mentorship program between Penn SWE students and groups of 2-3 high school students. Please see the schedule of events below:
Saturday - Sunday, January 8th-9th, 2022 (virtual)
GROUP PROJECT MEETINGS (1 hr)
Saturday, January 15th, 2022 (virtual)
3:00 pm: INTRODUCTION + KEYNOTE SPEAKER
3:30 - 4:30 pm: FINAL PROJECT GROUP MEETINGS
Sunday, January 16, 2022 (virtual)
10:00 - 11:00 am: GROUP PROJECT PRESENTATIONS
There will be an optional, in-person component that will be held later next semester that is TBD. We are committed to providing this in-person experience on the University of Pennsylvania campus for your students and will inform you of the date when it is confirmed.
The GEARS Day application link is here: https://forms.gle/
Applications will close on Wednesday, December 8th at 11:59 p.m. Final decisions will be sent out in mid-December.
We hope that GEARS Day serves as a great opportunity for your students to learn more about engineering in a fun, interactive environment. We will try to accommodate as many participants as space and resources allow; however, priority will be given to students from the School District of Philadelphia.
Feel free to contact us at email@example.com if you have any questions or concerns regarding GEARS Day. Thank you for your time and help in promoting the success of the next generation of women in engineering.
GEARS Day Co-Director
Society of Women Engineers at the University of Pennsylvania
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