The Santa Clara Valley section is very active in community outreach. We have 3 annual, large scale events including GetSET, our week-long engineering program for high school girls.

outreach1SWE outreach events such as WOW! That’s Engineering!, Designing Women, and GetSET all aim to give girls that first introduction to engineering. Through engineering activities, lab and company tours, and just being around real life female engineers, we open the eyes of otherwise unbeknownst girls and give them that first taste of engineering.

Below are short descriptions of our annual outreach events. For more information on a specific event, please visit the links on the right.


Wow! That’s Engineering!

Description: 1-day event filled with workshops, engineering lab tours (if at a university), and panel of female engineer speakers

Target Audience: high school girls

Duration: one day

Date: Held on November 6, 2015. Check back at a later date for next year's details!

Chair: Puja Patel and Melinda Mendolla


Designing Women

Description: 1-day event filled with workshops and engineering lab tours (if at a university)

Target Audience: middle school girls

Duration: one day

Date: Coming Soon

Chair: Vanessa Gutierrez



Description: Volunteers sign up to visit a local classroom (elementary to high school) and share their experience as an engineer as well as conduct engineering activities or workshops in the classroom.

Target Audience: elementary, middle school, high school students (boys and girls)

Duration: one week

Date: Coming Soon (Previously held during Engineers Week)

Chair: Victoria Villar



Description: week-long program where girls stay in a University dorm and participate in engineering workshops, engineering olympics, and graduation ceremony. Students commit to this program for all 4 years of high school

Target Audience: high school girls of under-represented ethnic backgrounds

Duration: one week

Date: July 31 - August 4, 2016

Main website: http://www.getset.org