Thursday, June 28, 2018

FIRST Robotics Women in STEM Reception 2018, Part IV

More Photos & Mentoring Suggestions

Shanequah Brison, center


Introduce yourselves - name, company, job and then major and university. Have the girls introduce themselves and their team.

Where are you from? (Some teams are from out-of-state.)

What are some of your hobbies outside school or work? Help the girls see that engineers are real people with some of their same interests.

Tell them about your job/college experience. Give them an example of a time when you solved a problem that had an impact on society.

Wendy Hammond, left
How many types of engineering can you name? Do the students know any universities with engineering programs?

Do you know any engineers? What do they do for their jobs?

Ask any juniors and seniors at your table, where they are considering going to college? Answer any college questions, e.g., about admissions, financial aid, course load, they may have. Mention SWE as a campus organization. For younger girls, mention SWE NEXT, a Society of Women Engineers club for girls.

Crystal Kowalik, left
Bring a prop or pictures related to your field.

  • How did you decide your college major?
  • What is/was your favorite class in college?
  • How many females were in your classes?
  • Hardest class in college?
  • What is an interesting fact about you or your favorite hobby?
  • Did you ever face discrimination or discouragement for being a female engineer? How did you deal with it?
  • One thing you wished you would have known in school or at work?
Erin Roark, foreground
Professionals only
  • What is the best part of your job?
  • How many females are at your office?
  • What was your hardest moment on the job? How did you deal with it?

Trenisha Tait, center
Shellie Chard, DEQ
Lizzie Long with fingers up--victory signs!
Kim Thomas, center
Michelle Rodriguez-Pico, left
Michelle Rodriguez-Pico, second from right
Samantha Dominguez in black jacket
Madeline Ley, center
"Sam" Davis, right

Thanks to the reception sponsors, not in any particular 
order, and to the mentors and their companies.

                           Oklahoma City

Mentors are nurturers of possibilities and self-confidence.

FIRST Robotics Women in STEM Reception 2018, Part III

More Reception Photos

The word-of-mouth reputation of this professional women's mentoring event coupled with the quality and passion of the mentors from the Society of Women Engineers have increased attendance each year.

Some teams create their own branding, not just team t-shirts.

Samantha "Sam" Davis, center, & Circuit Chargers
Sprockets from Gordon Cooper Technology Center

Jennifer Abshagen
Upekesha Addagalta, mechanical & aerospace engineer, Boeing
Shanequah Brisoninformation technology engineer, Boeing
Shellie Chard, chemical engineer, Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality
Leslie Crissup, chemical engineer, Enable Midstream Partners
Rachel Curl
Samantha Davis, Oklahoma State University
Samantha Domingues, software engineer, Boeing
Jordan Fox, computer engineering, Oklahoma State University
Adrianne Graham, executive director, Oklahoma Engineering Foundation
Wendy Hammond, Northrop Grumman
Crystal Kowalik, City of Oklahoma City
Madeline Ley, chemical engineer, recent graduate, Oklahoma State University
Lizzie Long, Oklahoma State University
Heily Maldonado, chemical engineering, University of Oklahoma
Erin Roark, Oklahoma State University
Michelle Rodriquez-Pico, mechanical engineer, OG&E
Caroline Short, biosystems & agricultural engineer, Olsson Associates
Marsha Slaughter, environmental engineer, City of Oklahoma City
Trenisha Tait, mechanical engineer, United Technologies
Kim Thomas, University of Oklahoma
Haylie Zarate, electrical engineer, Boeing
Jenna Ziegler, aerospace engineer, United States Air Force

SWE Mentors Group Photo

Heily Maldonado, left
Erin Roark, right

Crystal Kowalik, left

Photos by Leslie Crissup & Bev Woodrome

More photos & information in the next and last post.

FIRST Robotics Women in STEM Reception 2018, Part II

This reception's most important part may be the access of mentees to these outstanding engineering professionals. Mentoring's being fun and engaging is integral, too.


Boeing's Upekesha Addagalta, president of the Society of Women
Engineers, Oklahoma City Chapter, opens the program.
Addagalta encourages the audience to view Teach girls bravery,
not perfectiona TED Talk by Reshma Saujani.


Addagatla asked the first-time mentees/attendees to stand. Then she invited the audience to stand for each choice.
  • Tacos or burritos
  • Movies or books
  • Amusement park or beach
  • Science or math
  • Programming or building things
  • Hidden Figures or Wonder Woman
  • Logical or emotional
  • Brave or perfect
"All young women are brave. We want you to be brave," Addagatla said. "This program is about STEM--Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics."

Speed Mentoring/Bingo 
(Two rounds, 20 minutes each)
Adrianne Covington-Graham, executive director of the Oklahoma
Engineering Foundation, directed the speed mentoring and bingo. 
Adrianne lookswell-composed and happy. Mentees did not realize 
a few days before Adrianne had had rotator cuff surgery yet was 
present smiling, thinking and talking while in great pain. 
Hats off to Graham!

Each mentee received two bingo forms, one for each round.
Mentees moved to a different table when instructed.

Adrianne Graham - stylish but stoic!

                                             Drawing for the Raspberry Pi
For those of us who did not know 
what a Raspberry Pi is. 
Jenna Ziegler & Caroline Short

First winner!
Raspberry Pi winners Shea Langley & Ashley Henry
 "bookend" Jenna Ziegler.

Photos by Leslie Crissup & Bev Woodrome

More photos & information follow...