SWE & FIRST® Robotics Competition

This is a call out to our SWE-CM section members and friends,

Save the date: SWE-CM invites you to the NC Regional FIRST Robotics Competition March 20, and 21 2015 at the Dorton Arena, Raleigh, NC. There will be fifty-five teams from NC, MD, PA, SC, and VA, nine of which are rookies. These high school students will come together to compete with robots that must work together in teams of three.

As you may or may not be aware, SWE and FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technologywww.usfirst.org) have a national Strategic Alliance relationship.  Together, we are working on initiatives that will afford local Sections of both organizations opportunities to collaborate in pursuit of our joint missions.

For the first time, SWE, through a generous grant from the Motorola Foundation, provided 40 FIRST® team grants in the amount of $1,000 to high school students in the FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC®) program.  National SWE and FIRST® jointly developed the grant criteria to acknowledge teams that are promoting gender diversity within their ranks and thereby engaging more girls as contributing members.  Additionally, priority was given to teams that identified a girl robot driver, which is a key role on the team.  Over 200 applications were received with 40 grants awarded to FRC® teams around the country. All team shirts and robots will proudly carry the SWE logo. Team T-Rex #4935 at Olympic Community of School in Southwest Charlotte was a recipient of a SWE grant award.

Our SWE-CM President, Cheryl Kinchen, volunteered to help with the North Carolina FIRST Robotics Kickoff at the Michael Waltrip Racing in Cornelius, NC on Saturday, January 3rd.  I will be at the Registration table. This was the perfect opportunity for me to meet the various teams including team T-Rex. On behalf of SWE, I would like to encourage all of you to meet the T-Rex team and attend a competition event.  I invite you to join me in meeting the amazing young people involved with FIRST at the NC Regional FIRST Robotics Competition in March 2015 at the Dorton Arena, Raleigh, NC. There will be fifty-five teams from NC, MD, PA, SC, and VA, nine of which are rookies. These high school students will come together in on March 20, and 21 for three days of competition with robots that can do something as yet to be unveiled (to be announced Saturday January 3rd at the Kick-Off to be held at Michael Waltrip Racing in Cornelius.)

SWE & FRC!
For the first time, SWE, through a generous grant from the Motorola Foundation, provided 40 FIRST® team grants in the amount of $1,000 to high school students in the FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC®) program.  National SWE and FIRST® jointly developed the grant criteria to acknowledge teams that are promoting gender diversity within their ranks and thereby engaging more girls as contributing members.  Additionally, priority was given to teams that identified a girl robot driver, which is a key role on the team.  Over 200 applications were received with 40 grants awarded to FRC® teams around the country. All team shirts and robots will proudly carry the SWE logo.

NC FIRST Robotics!
Our SWE-CM President, Cheryl Kinchen, met Marie Hopper, Executive Director for NC FRC. Marie shared more information about FIRST and how SWE can partner with them to encourage young women in a career path to engineering. Marie extended an invitation to Cheryl to be one of three judges at the FIRST NC Regional Tournament March 20 and 21, 2015. Marie wanted a strong female representative to help inspire our next generation of engineers, innovators and entrepreneurs. Cheryl looks forward to meeting the amazing young people involved with FIRST and representing SWE at the NC Regional FIRST Robotics Competition in March 2015.

NC FRC Kickoff!
The North Carolina FIRST Robotics Kickoff was held at the Michael Waltrip Racing in Cornelius, NC on Saturday, January 3rd.  Our SWE-CM President, Cheryl Kinchen volunteered at the Registration table. FRC Kickoff marks the beginning of the design and build season. Teams have the opportunity to meet at “local” Kickoffs to compare notes, get ideas, make friends, find mentoring teams, learn the game, pick up the Kit of Parts, and get geared up for the exciting competition season. This was the perfect opportunity for her to meet the various teams including team T-Rex. Team T-Rex #4935 at Olympic Community of School in Southwest Charlotte was a recipient of a SWE grant award. To see the You Tube 2015 FRC Game Hint go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAETANAiLw0

For more information go to:
www.usfirst.org
www.ncfirstrobotics.org

VOLUNTEERS  Needed:  The impact you make on students by volunteering is immeasurable!  You help inspire our next generation of engineers, innovators and entrepreneurs.

·         Interested in being a NC FIRST Robotics volunteer? We are in need of women role models! Go to  http://www.usfirst.org/community/volunteers

·        The T-Rex coach is also looking to bring in some speakers and special advisors for the team throughout the build season. Please contact me if you are interested in being a speaker to our North Carolina’s FIRST Robotics team here in Charlotte.

Local Sections are encouraged to stay involved with the team in some capacity as doing so provides great role models for girls looking to pursue STEM education and careers.  Ways to do that might be to:

  • host a Section meeting at the competition event (FIRST® can help with free space at the venue);
  • invite the team and robot to attend a Section event and demo their robot;
  • engage in some joint outreach either with the Girl Scouts or other group that the Section is currently involved with;
  • offer to have a Section member speak at the team’s school providing much needed insight into women in tech careers; and
  • be open to other ideas for collaboration that could evolve from discussion—work with the team to see where your joint interests lie within your community.

Happy New Year, 2015 is going to be a fun year!

WE14 : A Global Exchange For Change

Kinchen at WE14

The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) has an annual conference that brings together leaders, businesses, organizations, universities, and professionals. It is a chance to reach the best and brightest women engineers. WE14 was held in Los Angeles, California last week, 22-26 October 2014.

Incredible and Wow! I was attending in my role as Charlotte Metrolina Section President along with our Vice President Divya, our section representative Rebecca, and Angela who is our SWE Region D Secretary. We had a lot of fun and made a lot of new friends.

This was my first national and international conference! WE14 was hosting ICWES16, the 16th International Conference of Women Engineers and Scientists. This combined event only happens every three years. There with over 8,000 attendees! There were more than 75 sessions to choose from and I only had time to attend about 10 %. I am looking forward to the virtual recordings of the sessions I missed!

It was also a great opportunity to reconnect with Tennessee Tech University SWE collegiate SWE members as their professional SWE counselor. Our next South East Regional Conference will be at TTU in March 2015, with TTU hosting!

My primary focus was as a volunteer, to Inspire the Next Generation of Women Engineers as a Role Model and help with the Invent It, Build It! We had 100 more girls than planned for a total of 600! I was responsible for 110 in my team section. I had some great engineering volunteers helping me including two women Air Force pilots. A record event! There were so many creative and innovative ideas, it was great fun. We built space exploration landing vehicles for 2 astronauts (marshmallow size). We also built electronic dance pads. These activities introduced the following engineering process steps: Identify, Brainstorm, Choose, Design, Test, Show, Redesign.

The next National SWE conference will be in Nashville, TN in October 2015. For more information about SWE go to http://www.swe.com

Call for Section Award Nominations for 2014-2015

The Society of Women Engineers Charlotte-Metrolina Section issues a call for nominations for the Distinguished Engineering Service Award.

 

This award is presented annually by the Society of Women Engineers Charlotte-Metrolina Section to an individual who best exemplifies the engineering profession through leadership and service as judged by the selection committee from submitted nominations.

 

The judging criteria evaluate the contributed time and effort in one or more of the following areas: public service, public awareness, professional development and leadership, and other as specified by the nominator. The nominee’s volunteer efforts must be: current, an investment of substantial personal (uncompensated) time, personal and direct, and public service.

 

The nominee should be informed of their nomination and will be recognized at the Annual Awards & Recognition Banquet in June 2016.

 

Nominations are due to Charlotte.Metrolina@swe.orgby March 1, 2015. Additional details are in the Nomination Form attached.

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