About SWEOutreach at UIUC

Inspiring the next generation of scientists and engineers is the ultimate goal of this committee. Through both larger events on campus as well as recurring events with community partners, we work to share our enthusiasm and knowledge of science and engineering. Whether as a partner, participant, or supporter within our events, there are many ways to get involved. If you have any questions about SWEOutreach or are interested in getting involved contact Micki Rentauskas and Simran Vinaik at outreach.swe.uiuc@gmail.com.

The importance of STEM Outreach

Diversity of thought is imperative to solving today's complex problems - particularly technical challenges. Yet women and other minorities still make up a small percentage of the STEM workforce. You can find more information on diversity in STEM, including articles and activities on our SWEOutreach site. The national SWE outreach page can be found here.

Events & Activities:

Annual large events

(Please visit our SWEOutreach website for registration and latest event updates)

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day (IGED)

Age group: 9th-12th grade

Date: Saturday October 13th

Description: IGED is an international event celebrated during Engineers Week. Through hands on activities as well as interaction with current engineering students and professors, this event is uniquely designed to help high school girls understand what a career in engineering might entail.

Mommy Me & SWE (MMSWE)

Age group: 4rd-6th grade

Date: Saturday November 10th

Description: Come enjoy some quality mother daughter time and learn why science is fun along the way! This day long event will include science activities, demonstrations, and fun challenges!

Engineering Round Robin

Age group: 6th-12th grade

Date: Saturday February 23rd

Description: Discover the various engineering disciplines through hands on activities and interaction with our SWE volunteers. Middle school girls will have activities tailored to their age group as well as opportunities to learn from each other.

Engineering Open House (EOH)

Age group: ALL

Date: Friday March 8th - Saturday March 10th

Description: EOH is an annual event run by students in the College of Engineering at UIUC to showcase of the incredible engineering talent at this university. Every year, EOH features over 200 interactive demonstrations, four design competitions, entertainment, guest speakers, and campus tours. Come visit our SWEOutreach booth for some fun science activities!

Dads and Daughters do Science (DADDS)

Age group: 1st-3rd grade

Date: Saturday April 6th

Description: A day of science exploration for fathers and their young scientists. Get excited for a morning full of hands-on science activities followed by a daddy-daughter design project in the afternoon!

Recurring events

(Want SWEOutreach to visit your classroom or community program? Please email Micki and Simran at outreach.swe.uiuc@gmail.comAs it takes us time to organize volunteers and logistics, we kindly ask you email us at least 2 weeks in advance with a request.)

For Kids Only (FKO):

This program involves weekly visits to classrooms at local elementary schools. During these visits, SWEOutreach volunteers lead classroom activities and execute lesson plans to educate students on various topics in science and engineering. Although the material learned is important, the primary goal is to increase interest and excitement in the engineering fields while building a strong bond with the class! Our main partner for this program is Leal School in Urbana.


This program involves monthly visits to local middle schools to discuss various topics pertaining to STEM fields. Through activities and lesson plans built around different engineering disciplines, our SWEOutreach volunteers help build problem solving and teamwork skills, as well as show how engineers can impact the world. Our main partner for this program is St. Matthews Middle School.

CU Special Rec:

Outside the classroom, SWEOutreach strives to share a love of science and engineering within the community. In partnership with the Champaign Urbana Special Recreation Center, this monthly program aims to engage young scientists in fun activities!