This camp is one of the main highlights of SWE Outreach in the spring. It occurs on the same day as Girl Day, a huge event for all engineering organizations across campus to introduce young girls (middle school and younger) to engineering. This camp focuses specifically on high schoolers to encourage them to pursue collegiate studies and careers in STEM fields. In the camp, the girls are split into groups of five to complete the team challenge of designing a chain reaction machine according to specific guidelines. This past year, the camp was sponsored by Google so there was a huge emphasis on electronics and mechanics. Consequently, the final step of the Rube Goldberg challenge was to devise a way to make an electrical component such as an LED light or a rotating motor work. This camp enlightens many girls about their options in STEM careers and attempts to boost their confidence in their decisions. Volunteers speak to their groups about their different majors and engineering experiences. The diversity enables high schoolers to gain a greater variety of insight into pursuing STEM careers.
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SWE is an organization that empowers and advocates for women in the engineering and technology fields by promoting inclusivity and diversity in the engineering industry and academia.