STEM Opportunities

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)



Saturday, January 15th, 2022 (virtual)




Sunday, January 16, 2022 (virtual)



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: 

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 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. 


Shriya Karam

GEARS Day Co-Director

Society of Women Engineers at the University of Pennsylvania

The Widener University School of Engineering's "Build Your Career - and Build The Future - in Civil Engineering" program is a half day workshop geared towards high school students that are interested in pursuing a degree/career in the Civil Engineering field. Students will participate in hands-on lab activities alongside undergraduate Widener students, listen to young professionals discuss their careers and day-to-day activities, and have the opportunity to network and determine whether civil engineering is the right field for them.
If you have any questions, please contact
More info may be found in the link below:
Widener Mini Engineering Camp: Register NOW

Get on the inside track with the School of Engineering!

Option to: high school seniors
Registration: Click Here! Registration ends Friday, October 29.

The School of Engineering invites local high school seniors to campus to learn about the different engineering disciplines including:

  • Biomedical

  • Chemical

  • Civil

  • Electrical

  • Mechanical

  • Robotics

Attendees will interact with current engineering students and faculty while completing various laboratory activities such as programming a robot, designing a bridge, exploring computer modeling, and working with biomedical devices and systems. A concurrent program for parents and guardians covers the admissions process, financial aid and planning for engineering school.

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Check out Photos from past Engineering Mini Camps at Widener!

Contact Information: School of Engineering

Kirkbride Hall, Room 101


STEM Opportunities  Get on the inside track with the School of Engineering! Option to: high school seniors Registration: Click Here! Registration ends Friday, October 29.                    
For more information or to request additional camps contact:
Mrs. Mary Antoni
215 362 6160 ext 1790