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Saturday, October 23, 2021
9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Indiana Convention Center 
100 S. Capitol Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46225

Invent it. Build it. (IIBI) is SWE’s annual event for girls in grades 6-12. At IIBI, girls participate in hands-on engineering activities and learn about how engineers help people and make a difference in the world. They’ll also have an opportunity to talk to real women engineers about their careers.

The event includes a parent’s and educator’s program for information on engineering careers and scholarships, as well as an EXPO featuring engineering clubs, engineering camps, competitions, after-school programs, and more from the local community.

Despite performing at similar levels as their male counterparts, girls’ confidence and interest in engineering and math experience a decline during middle school. This is largely due to a lack of support and a lack of resources/programs available to girls that encourage their interest in STEM.


Invent it. Build it. (IIBI) is an experience designed to encourage girls to choose a career in engineering and technology. This is achieved through a three-pronged approach:

  1. SWE Girls Program for middle school and high school students
  2. Parent Educator Program (PEP)
  3. EXPO

All girls registered for the SWE Girls Program will participate in a hands-on engineering experience with members of the Society of Women Engineers. While the girls are having fun building and inventing, parents and educators will learn about engineering careers, scholarships, college admission, and resources.

Both groups will learn about engineering clubs, camps, afterschool programs, and competitions from a wide variety of exhibitors at the Invent it. Build it. EXPO.

Download the IIBI Infographic for more information.

The SWE Girls Program is one of the main events at Invent it. Build it. During the middle school program, girls will have the opportunity to experience the creative and innovative sides of engineering through hands-on projects alongside real engineers. The program will run from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Participants are asked to stay for the entire program.

The girls will:

  • Explore the Invent it. Build it. EXPO to learn about clubs, camps, competitions, and engineering career options
  • Work with SWE members from around the world on hands-on engineering activities
  • Meet real engineers and learn what they do
  • Make new friends
  • Have lunch with SWE engineers (lunch provided)
  • Get an Invent it. Build it. t-shirt, bag, and other goodies

The cost to attend is $7.

The SWE High School Girls Program is also a major event at Invent it. Build it. Attendees will have the opportunity to experience the creative and innovative sides of engineering through hands-on projects alongside real engineers. The program will run from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Participants are asked to stay for the entire program.

The students will:

  • Explore the Invent it. Build it. EXPO to learn about clubs, camps, competitions, and engineering career options
  • Work on hands-on engineering activities
  • Meet real engineers and learn what they do
  • Participate in conversations with SWE members from around the world and learn how to navigate a career in a male-dominated field
  • Have lunch with SWE engineers (lunch provided)
  • Receive information on how to select the right college, where to find scholarships, and how to be a successful engineer
  • Make new friends
  • Get an Invent it. Build it. t-shirt, bag, and other goodies

The cost to attend is $7

Parents, guardians, teachers, counselors, administrators, and leaders are encouraged to participate in the PEP. The program will run from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Participants are asked to stay for the entire program.

Parents and educators will:

  • Learn about engineering careers, scholarships, college admission, and available resources
  • Network with SWE members and other parents and educators
  • Complete a hands-on activity and learn best practices for engineering projects with girls
  • Explore the Invent it. Build it. EXPO
  • Have lunch with the SWE engineers (lunch provided)

The cost to attend is $5.

The girls participating in the SWE Girls Program and those participating in the PEP program will have the opportunity to explore the EXPO from 9:00 – 11:50 AM. During this time, the EXPO will be an open house, and participants may come and go as they please.

Come to the EXPO to learn about:

  • Careers in engineering and technology
  • Engineering clubs
  • Engineering camps
  • Competitions
  • After-school programs
  • Scholarships
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