Events List

Upcoming events

    • 07 Dec 2018
    • 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Hollywood Elementary School, Hollywood MD

    SWE -BWS will be hosting the Think LIke an Engineer Journey with Brownie Girl Scouts in St Mary's County. 

    We will be doing fun STEM activities with Brownie Girl Scouts and sharing our experience as women engineers. Our activity will be Helping Hand. All volunteers will receive the activity in advance. 

    You get a chance to meet and network with the other amazing women engineers that day. We would love to have you volunteer this fun outreach event!

    • 08 Dec 2018
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • SPAGnVOLA Chocolatier, 360 Main Street, Suite 100, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20878

    Winter Chocolatier Tour

    8th December 2018

    4:00 - 6:00 PM

    SPAGnVOLA Chocolatier

    360 Main Street, Suite 100

    Gaithersburg, Maryland 20878

    Stressed about the holidays? Take a break from the hustle and bustle, and join us for a tour of the world-renowned SPAGnVOLA chocolate factory. Follow the journey of the chocolate bean from single-estate farmers to artisan chocolate, while spending time with SWE members and friends.

    The SWE-BWS tours will begin around 4:00p, 4:30p, and 5:00p, and can accommodate 10-15 people each. Slots will be filled on a first-come-first-served basis. The tour is ~30 minutes long and concludes at the shop, where you can taste and purchase these delicious treats. See the SPAGnVOLA tour website for further information.

    This event is FREE.

    Feel free to bring a friend!

    See you there!

    • 16 Feb 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
    • National Building Museum, 401 F Street NW Washington, DC 20001


    Be part of the fun and volunteer for a fun day at the National Building Museum during Engineers Week!!


    What is Family Day @ National Building Museum? The annual Washington DC Engineering Family Day is enjoyed by over six thousand visitors to the National Building Museum every February.  The festival features dozens of hands-on  activities provided by local engineering chapters and national organizations.  Every year at the start of Engineer's Week, the impressive main hall of the National Building Museum is taken over by thousands of children of all ages experiencing the excitement of engineering, not to mention slime. 


    The National Building Museum and the National Engineers Week Foundation invite you to debunk the myths of engineering and discover how professional engineers turn an idea into reality.  Celebrate National Engineers Week by participating in this free, hands-on and fun-filled festival! 


    Discover Engineering Family Day is a FREE, drop-in program. Program and activities are most appropriate for children ages 5 to 13 with adult supervision. Registration is not required.


    What do you do as a volunteer?  SWE BWS partners with AlChE, to run the slime making stations! It is the most popular event at Family Day every year - everyone loves slime!


    Slime Making - Each child gets to see how to make slime and understand chemistry! They each get to pick their own color and this gross stuff is a HUGE hit!!


    Volunteer Opportunities:
    All Day (8:300am - 5:30pm)
    11:00am - 1:00pm

    1:00pm - 3:00pm

    3:00pm - 5:30pm


    Food: breakfast (donuts), lunch (pizza) and drinks throughout the day for all volunteers.


    Arrival: The National Building Museum is located at 401 F Street NW, between 4th and 5th Streets, across the street from the Judiciary Square Metro (Red Line)Wheelchair access is available through the G Street entrance.


    Parking in the area is limited - Ride Metro - another way engineers make our lives easier!


    Event details can also be found at:


    Questions? Contact Natalie at

    • 02 Mar 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Howard High School Ellicott City, MD

    *This page is for volunteer registration only*

    See seperate registration page if interested in being a lead. 


    This year we will be hosting a Live Division II contest for students ages 14-18 (high school).


    March 2, 2018
    Volunteer shifts begin as early as 8:30 and have shifts all day

    We're looking for leads too! 



    Howard High School

    Ellicott City, MD

    Judges and Referees will need to read the judging packet prior to the day of the event. 


    Referees are another great way to be involved and see the projects up close! Referees conduct the quantitative judging at the competition. You will receive a packet prior to the day of the event. We would like at least (2) BWS SWE Members, (2) Engineering or Physics Professor, and (2) SWE Collegiate Member 


    We hope to get both professional and collegiate volunteers at this event. We look forward to a great day!  


    For more information on our competition, pleaes visit our competition page: 





    • 02 Mar 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Howard High School Ellicott City, MD

    *This registration is for Lead Positions*

    Leads are expected to volunteer the entire day of the event on Saturday, March 2 as well as participate in pre-event planning for their area. Prior lead experience is not necessary, I'll provide you information and guidance. 

    I'm looking forward to working with you!


    This year we will be hosting a Live Division II contest for students ages 14-18 (high school).

    Rube Goldberg event co-lead: Shadow Adrianne through event process to learn the ins and outs of running a Rube Goldberg event so the torch can be passed on for a 2020 event! You're welcome to be as much or as little involved as you want. Would love someone who can take on some of the planning work and isn't afraid to take iniative. 

    Lead Judge: Understand the rules of the competition. Rube provides a rule book. Answer questions from teams prior to the event and train your group of judges on how to judge. Organize judges day of event and prior to event. Judges are typically engineers, scientist, and STEM teachers. Judging is the analytical evaluation of the machines. Make judgement calls for our specific competition.

    Lead Referee: We need someone to find and coordinate referees. Referees are "judging" the machines on the whimsicalness of the machine. Need someone to find referees for the event and lead them. You will also have to answer questions from the teams on what the referees will do. Rube provides guidelines and rules for referees. Referees can be anyone in the community and it's encouraged to find celebrity referees. Last year we just used SWE volunteers. Coordinate referees day of event.

    Advertising Coordinator:  Advertise to High Schools and gain interest in competing. Anyone have contacts with the local high schools? Rube provides a template to use.

    Public Relations Coordinator: share the event with local new venues, get a keynote speaker (Last year I got LtGovenor of Maryland). Rube provides a template to use.

    Food Coordinator: Need someone to coordinate food for the volunteers and potentially for the contestants. Purchase and setup all the food on day of. Submit receipts to BWS at end of event for reimbursement.

    Photographer: Take pictures the day of the event and post in a location to share with the section. 

    Volunteer Coordinator: Assign volunteers to their positions and direct them what to do on day of event. 







    • 02 Mar 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Howard High School

    Join BWS SWE for a Parent and Educator Program for parents and educators of students interested in STEM. This event runs parallel to the Rube Goldberg Contest.


    PEP will be held while students are setting up their Rube Goldberg Machines and participants will have the opportunity to see the machines in action during the competition! 


    Goal: To help Parents and Educators become effective adult advocates for girls in STEM.
    Parents, guardians, teachers, counselors, administrators and leaders are encouraged to participate
    in the PEP. Participants are asked to stay for the entire program.

    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
    - Watch the Rube Goldberg Competition during public viewing

    Example PEP timeline (timeline will vary based on number of teams competing):

    9:30-11:30 Morning Session with Speakers

    12:00-1:00 Watch Student Presentations

    1:30-3:00 Afternoon Session with Speakers

    3:30 Awards Ceremony


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