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Invent it. Build it.

Saturday, November 9, 2020
9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center – New Orleans

Invent it. Build it. (IIBI) is SWE’s annual event for girls in grades 6-12. At IIBI, girls participate in hands-on engineering activities and learn about how engineers help people and make a difference in the world. They’ll also have an opportunity to talk to real women engineers about their careers.

The event includes a parents and educators program for information on engineering careers and scholarships, as well as an EXPO featuring engineering clubs, engineering camps, competitions, after-school programs and more from the local community.

Despite performing at similar levels as their male counterparts, girls’ confidence and interest in engineering and math experience a decline during middle school. This is largely due to lack of support and lack of resources/programs available to girls that encourage their interest in STEM.


Invent it. Build it. is an experience designed to encourage girls to choose a career in engineering. This is achieved through a three-pronged approach:

  1. SWE Girls Program
  2. Parent Educator Program (PEP)
  3. EXPO

All girls registered for the SWE Girls Program will participate in a hands-on engineering experience with members of the Society of Women Engineers. While the girls are having fun building and inventing, parents and educators will learn about engineering careers, scholarships, college admission and resources.

Both groups will learn about engineering clubs, camps, afterschool programs and competitions from a wide variety of exhibitors at the Invent it. Build it. EXPO. After the SWE Girls and Parent Educator Program have walked through the EXPO we will open the doors to everyone else.

IIBI Registration will open in May 2020.

The SWE Girls Program is the main event at Invent it. Build it. The girls will have the opportunity to experience the creative and innovative sides of engineering through hands-on projects alongside real engineers. The program will run from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Participants are asked to stay for the entire program. Watch our video.

The girls will:

  • Work with SWE members from around the world on hands-on engineering activities
  • Meet real engineers and learn what they do
  • Make new friends
  • Explore the Invent it. Build it. EXPO during exclusive hours to learn about clubs, camps, competitions, and much more
  • Get an Invent it. Build it. t-shirt, bag and lots of other goodies
  • Be eligible to win raffle prizes
  • Have lunch with the SWE engineers (lunch provided)

The cost to attend is $7. Financial assistance is available upon request.

The SWE High School Girls Program is also the main event at Invent it. Build it. Attendees will have the opportunity to experience the creative and innovative sides of engineering through hands-on projects alongside real engineers. The program will run from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Participants are asked to stay for the entire program.

The students will:

  • Meet real engineers and learn what they do
  • Participate in conversations with SWE members from around the world and learn how to navigate a career in a male-dominated field
  • Receive information on how to select the right college, where to find scholarships and how to be a successful engineer
  • Work on hands-on engineering activities
  • Make new friends
  • Explore the Invent it. Build it. EXPO during exclusive hours
  • Get an Invent it. Build it. t-shirt, bag and lots of other goodies
  • Be eligible to win raffle prizes
  • Have lunch with the SWE engineers (lunch provided)

The cost to attend is $7.

Parents, guardians, teachers, counselors, administrators and leaders are encouraged to participate in the PEP. The program will run from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Participants are asked to stay for the entire program. Watch our video.

Parents and educators will:

  • Learn about engineering careers, scholarships, college admission and resources
  • Network with SWE members as well as other parents and educators
  • Participate in a panel discussion with select SWE members and outreach experts
  • Complete a hands-on activity and learn best practices for engineering projects with girls
  • Explore the Invent it. Build it. EXPO during exclusive hours
  • Have lunch with the SWE engineers (lunch provided)
  • Get an Invent it. Build it. t-shirt
  • Join the girls at the end of the day for show and tell, raffles and pictures

The cost to attend is $5. Financial assistance is available upon request.

The girls participating in the SWE Girls Program and those participating in the PEP will have the opportunity to walk through the EXPO during exclusive EXPO hours. For everyone else (adults and children of all ages) the EXPO will be open from 11:15 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

During this time, the EXPO will be an open house and participants may come and go as they please.

Come to the EXPO to learn about:

  • Engineering clubs
  • Engineering camps
  • Competitions
  • After-school programs
  • Scholarships

…and more

Our exhibitors will have hands-on activities and lots of goodies to take home. Anyone attending the SWE Girls Program or Parent Educator Program (PEP), will walk through the EXPO during exclusive EXPO hours from 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. All others may attend the EXPO from 11:15 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Information coming soon!

More information at inventitbuildit.swe.org.

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