UC Berkeley's SWE Outreach is committed to helping kids develop a passion for science and engineering. We hold events for students in grades K through 12. Read more below to find out how you can participate or volunteer.
Mini University is an event for Bay Area high school students to experience a day in the life of a Berkeley Engineering student. Participants explore careers in STEM through lab tours, hands-on engineering activities, professor and student talks, and student panels.
HSEP is a 10-week long program that introduces female high school
students to the principles and applications of engineering. Students participate
engaging lessons and are mentored in small teams to carry out an involved engineering project.
OHP gives women admitted to the College of Engineering
and the Chemical Engineering major a chance to experience life as a Berkeley engineer. Admits
tour the campus, interact with student organizations, attend a faculty banquet,
and sleep overnight in student housing.
SWE++ is a 10 week course that aims to provide introductory programming skills to 30 local middle girls. The first 9 weeks covers an interactive curriculum in Scratch and Python that our teachers and volunteers create and teach. The final week of the course is a full day of coding and engineer workshops called Code Day.
SWE’s Parent Education Program (PEP) is a 30 to 60-minute workshop in which we share important research, experiences, and resources to ensure that families have access to tools that not only encourage but also further their children’s STEM education beyond the classroom. We believe that the value of a holistic approach to supporting STEM education cannot be understated. Thus, in addition to UC Berkeley SWE’s typical outreach programs for students, we are organizing this program geared towards parents and families. Our mission is to provide parents with the knowledge and resources to support their children’s STEM education regardless of family background.
SWENext aims to encourage high school females to explore STEM and consider a STEM career by helping them establish SWENext clubs at their high schools. We provide students with resources to help them navigate high school, college, and career planning. We also have a mentorship program that connects high schoolers with undergraduate mentors to advise, support, and inspire them to pursue their interests in STEM. Join SWENext committee to be part of a community that works with youth to increase representation in STEM fields!