Volunteer with Citizen Schools Engineering Apprenticeship

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This February through April, 2016, SWE-CM in partnership with the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and American Society of Civil Engineers will host an “Engineers Are Epic!” apprenticeship in connection with Citizen Schools. Sixth and Seventh graders at Martin Luther King Middle School, Charlotte, NC will have an opportunity to experience hands on problem solving over the nine week apprenticeship with activities such as
building a catapult, creating slime and building an electrical circuit. These are STEM activities (Agilent Kits). Following the apprenticeship the students present a WOW? event to the community where they teach back what they have learned. Become a Citizen Teacher!

Volunteers are needed! To sign up, contact Angela Berry, angela.berry@swe.org


Date Activity
2/11/2016 General Introduction to Engineering/Puff Mobile
2/18/2016 Catapult
2/25/2016 Burglar Alarm
3/3/2016 Concrete
3/10/2016 Kalimba Thumb Piano
3/17/2016 Bridge
3/24/2016 Slime
4/7/2016 Chocolate Asphalt
4/14/2016 WOW! Event Preparation
4/21/2016 WOW! Event Preparation
4/28/2016 WOW! Event

Citizen Schools Apprenticeship Underway!

Volunteer engineers from the Charlotte-Metrolina Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Section and National Society of Black Engineers – Charlotte Alumni Extension Chapter (NSBE-CAEC) started as  “Citizen Teachers” for a ten week engineering apprenticeship through Citizen Schools at CMS’ Martin Luther King Middle School on February 7, 2013.  The ten week apprenticeship will showcase the field of engineering to 20 sixth grade students.  The students will meet with volunteer “Citizen Teachers” from SWE and NSBE-CAEC weekly to complete hands on activities showing how engineers solve everyday problems to make the world a better place.

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Students building their catapults from Agilent Kits
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Students test their “puff mobile”

Upcoming SWE-CM Outreach Efforts


  • Engineers Week Junior Girl Scout Badge Event – “Engineers Are Epic!” – February 23, 2013 8:00 am – 2:30 pm – Hornets’ Nest Girl Scout Council, 7007 Idlewild Road, Charlotte
    • For more than 10 years, SWE-Charlotte-Metrolina has conducted this event with the Hornets’ Nest Girl Scout Council.  Volunteers conduct five hands on sessions covering structural, civil, mechanical, chemical and electrical engineering.  The success of this event hinges on our high volunteer to Girl Scout ratio.  Your participation is the reason for the success of this longstanding program.  To sign-up for this event, please use our SWEeter Futures website.  Sign in (if you volunteered in October 2012) or register at www.sweeterfutures.swe.org and then click the event details link and click the Sign-Up link.
  • Citizen Schools Apprenticeship Program – February 7-April 18, 2013 – Thursdays from 4:30pm to 6:00pm – Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School, 500 Bilmark Ave, Charlotte
    • A teacher will be present to assist with class management.  Class size will be 16-20 students.  Materials for hands on activities each week will be provided by SWE.  This will be a joint program between NSBE and SWE with each organization planning to provide five volunteers for a total of ten.  Each volunteer is only needed for one Thursday afternoon during the ten week program.  If you would like to volunteer, please email Angela Berry at aberry@charlottenc.gov.   Also, Citizen Schools would like each volunteer to complete an application at http://www.citizenschools.org/volunteer/application/.
  • “Introduce A Girl To Engineering” hosted by NCDOT and Women’s Transportation Seminar – February 12th 8:30AM – 1:30PM – Metrolina Regional Transportation Management Center, 2327 Tipton Drive, Charlotte
    • The day will consist of two panel discussions, an activity, and a skit. Last year, NCDOT approached WTS to co-sponsor a daylong event to encourage high school girls to think about engineering and it was a big success by all accounts.  The students that participated last year asked to hear about different engineering disciplines (mechanical, biomedical, industrial, computer, etc.).   WTS contacted SWE to ask our membership for one or two women to attend between 9:00AM and 10:30AM to speak during the panel discussion.  Volunteer by contacting Lydia Boles at lydia.boles@hdrinc.com.
  • “Engineers Week” classroom visits – week of February 18th – Monroe Middle School – 601 East Sunset Drive, Monroe
    • The Careers & Technology teacher at Monroe Middle School is looking for volunteers to come into the school during any period and do a quick intro to engineering using the hands on activity attached.  If you would like to volunteer please contact Angela Berry at aberry@charlottenc.gov

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