The Colorado School of Mines collegiate section of the Society of Women Engineers was honored at SWE’s Region i conference for the engagement of its members and the success of a program that brings over 100 area Girl Scouts in fourth through sixth grade to campus for hands-on activities.
SWE Region i includes Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, southern Illinois and Wyoming; the conference, iCON17, was held February 24-26 in St. Louis. Attendees from professional and collegiate SWE sections gathered to network, listen to speakers and attend seminars.
Mines’ SWE section—the largest collegiate section in the nation—received the Region i “involved” award for the extraordinary participation of its membership. It also received the Region i “invested” Award for its Girl Scout Engineering Day, an which has been held on the Mines campus every October for many years. Past activities have included investigating the origin of tornadoes and earthquakes, building bridges using marshmallows and toothpicks and testing various ways of cleaning water.
“I am proud to work with all the collegiate SWE officers who make our section so successful,” said Agata Dean, the section’s faculty advisor. “I would like to specifically thank our awards director, Chloe Archuleta, who applied for the awards on behalf of our section this year.”