Women in Engineering


IN THE NEWS April 20, 2021: NCWIT 1622 Team Spyder Women in Engineering National & Local Award Winners!

IN THE NEWS Decemeber 1, 2020: SWE WE Local Awards Decisions for the WE Local 2021 - Poway High Team Spyder SWE Chapter

IN THE NEWS November 3, 2020: SWE and NCWIT 1622 Team Spyder Women in Engineering National Award Winners! - Link: Press Release

We are Offical Partners with the Girl Scouts, and started a Chapter of SWE. Check out what we have been doing: https://www.instagram.com/phs_swenextclub/


Team Spyder created their first Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Chapter in 2018, and in 2019 won the San Diego County Engineer Council’s President Citation Award for their outstanding efforts in inspiring girls to go into STEM fields. Thier efforts include a guest lecture series of professionals and also tours to STEM business, such as Virgin Orbit. We are also offical Partners with the Girl Scouts San Diego. We recently traveled to St. Louis Design Lab to compete in the community engagement challenge for $1,000 grant to implement our project. We’re happy to announce that we are the recipient of the grant and will sponsor a GiRL in STEM Inspiration Day on May 18, 2019 at Poway High School for San Diego county girls in 5-8th grades.

IN THE NEWS September 3, 2020: Youth Advocate’s Avenue: Planning a Successful Virtual Outreach Event

Team Spyder 1622 is an official #FIRSTLikeAGirl Ambassador supporting the #FIRSTLikeAGirl initiative started by FRC 1902 Exploding Bacon. For more information, go to firstlikeagirl.com

#FIRSTLikeAGirl is a social media movement to encourage girls and young women in STEM and FIRST. By showcasing the many incredible women of FIRST and their stories, girls can find role models who they identify with and are inspired by. Through this social media campaign, we empower girls with the confidence to overcome cultural pressures, follow their dreams in STEM, and become active members of the FIRST community. We improve the culture of STEM by providing role models to inspire girls to become the next generation of science and technology leaders.

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Women in Engineering

Women make up half of the total college-educated workforce, but only 29% of the science and engineering workforce. (per NSF, Science & Engineering Indicators, 2016)  In order to bridge the tech gender gap, early exposure to STEM topics will encourage girls to study STEM topics and increase the number of young ladies entering the field of a male-dominated career.  On my robotics team, there are only 28% of females participating in the team.  The Engineering Academy at my school has about 34% female participants.  These numbers mirror the data of the 29% female in the workforce.  I want to improve diversity in STEM by inviting students from elementary and middle school students in the Poway Unified School District and I will travel to the inner city to inspire students in underserved and socio-economic disadvantaged areas to participate in my projects.  Early exposure of STEM will inspire girls to study these subjects and hopefully, their interests will continue to high school so they can join the robotics team or study in the Engineering Academy and eventually pursue careers in STEM.

Co-Presidents: Madalyn Nguyen and Sara Wilson
Vice President: Lily Rueckert 
Treasurer: May He
Secretary: Avery Donaldson
Co-Historians: Karina Kukosyan and Bayaz Aliyeva