Cockrell School K-12 Outreach Training
From effective messaging to hands-on activity ideas and managing activity rooms and booths, learn best practices from the experts! Led by the Women in Engineering Program in collaboration with the Thinkery and Central Texas Discover Engineering, the K-12 STEM Outreach & Role Model Workshop will help all volunteers and participants have the best experience possible. Training will include:
- How to present information and lean an activity in a way that excites kids about engineering
- Where to find free hands-on activity resources
- How to manage an activity in different settings
CSE WEP K-12 STEM Outreach Certificate Program
The Cockrell School’s Women in Engineering Program offers a K-12 STEM Outreach Certificate for those individuals who complete a number of requirements. Certification occurs on an annual basis and individuals and organizations must recertify each year. Training is valid for 2 years.
1. attend one K-12 Outreach training session (if you have previously attended a training, you do not need to attend another)
2. complete a minimum of 6 hours of K-12 STEM outreach during the academic year
3. submit online request for certification by May 31
What do you get for achieving the certificate? It’s a great resume builder for individuals (LOTS of companies do outreach and value the communication and leadership skills you gain by doing outreach). Receive recognition on the K-12 STEM Outreach Certificate website and Outreach Volunteers group on Facebook – all individuals and organizations will be recognized. Enjoy providing great service to community - it's fun! Enhance your leadership and communication skills (or those of your organization’s members) along the way.
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The University of Texas at Austin
Women in Engineering Program at The University of Texas at Austin
The Women in Engineering Program (WEP) helps women in the Cockrell School get connected, develop as engineering leaders, and graduate with skills for life.
Established in 1991, WEP strives to:
- recruit and retain female engineering students,
- increase the percentage of female engineering graduates, and
- provide a supportive structure that encourages the success of women in the Cockrell School of Engineering.
The concept of WEP was originally proposed by women on the engineering faculty and enthusiastically received and supported by the Dean. WEP now is a college-wide effort with a full-time director, a recruitment program coordinator, a retention program coordinator, an administrative associate and faculty advisors, in addition to student staff and volunteers. Each year, WEP initiatives reach more than 1,500 currently enrolled students and some 1,000 future students.
Women account for approximately 22 percent of the current Cockrell School student body. WEP programs focus on pre-college outreach and recruitment, academic enrichment and retention, community building, leadership enhancement and career development.
The mission of the Women in Engineering Program is to increase the overall percentage of women in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. WEP strives to:
- educate girls and women about engineering,
- inspire women to pursue the unlimited opportunities within the world of engineering, and
- empower women engineers to benefit society.
For the enrollment of women in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin to match the population in the state of Texas—50 percent women.