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Performing Outreach in a Virtual World

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Course Description 
With the current state of the world, STEM outreach has mostly moved to a virtual format. Performing outreach in a virtual setting is something many SWE members have never had to experience. From controlling the “room”, to keeping the kids engaged, to figuring out how to do activities, come hear from members of the SWE Outreach Committee on how to perform virtual outreach and get your questions answered!

Learning Outcomes
By the end of this course, you should be able to:
  • Identify ways to keep kids, parents and educators engaged in a virtual setting.
  • Explain how to protect the privacy of minors if virtual events will be recorded or posted on social media.
  • Recognize which format (panel, activity, webinar, etc.) best suits their needs for outreach and how to successfully execute the event virtually.

60 minutes
Closed Caption: English

Dr. Mary Isaac retired from General Electric in 2007 as an energy executive, after 30 years in various technical and commercial roles in GE’s energy business, serving electric utility customers such as Excel, Constellation Energy, and Entergy. She has a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Union College in N.Y., an M.A.T. in technology education from North Carolina A&T State University in 2011, and Ph.D. in occupational and technical studies from Old Dominion University in 2015. Isaac's consultancy, HEDGE Co., focuses on working with formal and informal educators to grow the numbers of females pursuing engineering or technology careers. Additionally, she is a conferred Fellow of the Society of Women Engineers and was awarded SWE’s Advocating Women in Engineering honor in 2018. She is also camp director for San Diego Tech Trek (sponsored by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) each summer) and a FIRST robotics judge, referee, and inspector.

Katelyn Lichte graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2017 with a degree in mechanical engineering. She currently works for Corteva Agriscience as a Production Engineer. Since college, Katelyn has been actively involved with STEM outreach including with SWE, Girl Scouts, FIRST Robotics, and several other non profits. Currently, she is serving as the FY21 SWE Outreach Committee Chair. Her professional accomplishments, community involvement and SWE leadership recently led to Katelyn being awarded the WE Local New ELiTE Award in 2020. Katelyn currently lives in the Bay Area of California with her partner, two dogs and cat.

Sahara Becker graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2018 with a degree in Chemical Engineering and now works for the McMaster-Carr Supply Company as a Software Engineer. During her time at RPI, she served as her SWE sections Outreach Coordinator and organized and participated in around 20 events per semester. She has been on the society Outreach Committee since 2017 and she is now leads the Publications Workgroup where she is responsible for monthly youth advocacy blogs and newsletters as well as the annual Celebrate SWE Outreach Year In Review publication. Outside of SWE and work, Sahara loves to paint, cook, and read, and she coaches a synchronized swimming team based in Chicago.

Haley Antoine is a Safety and Crashworthiness Engineer at Toyota R&D out of the Ann Arbor, Michigan area. She is the SWE Outreach Chair-Elect and the High School Outreach Chair for the Detroit SWE Section. Previously she has served on the Society-Level Student Programs Committee as the SWENext Clubs Work Group Lead. K-12 Outreach has been a passion of hers since her involvement with the Cornell University SWE Section and she is excited to share it!