Who We Are:
The GetSET (Science, Engineering & Technology) program is an award-winning outreach program of the Society of Women Engineers Santa Clara Valley Section (SWE-SCV) dedicated to encouraging, motivating and exposing young ladies from underrepresented ethnic groups to STEM careers.
The SWE-SCV GetSET program was started in 1992 as an expansion to the Higher Education Outreach Program (HOEP) program for high school sophomore minority girls (funded by NASA). The Society of Women Engineers, Santa Clara Valley Section decided to continue to build on the valuable lessons we learned so that we could reach more girls on an ongoing basis. The GetSET program scope was broadened to include high school girls from freshmen to seniors, and has been offered yearly to not only introduce, but to provide sustained exposure to science and technology. The program continues today, entirely staffed by volunteers and supported by a diverse group of corporate partners.
We are committed to ensuring that girls are aware of career opportunities available in engineering and that they are capable of being 'that Engineer'.
The SWESCV Section's Get Science Engineering and Technology (GetSET) program showcases the creative, exciting, and essential world of engineering to high school girls primarily from underrepresented ethnic groups. The program is designed to promote gender equality and leadership within STEM and related industries by expanding the interest of women in technology and engineering at an early age.
The SWESCV GetSET Summer Week program consists of five days and four nights with a variety of engineering and science workshops, events, and tours. The program is held at a local college or university, where girls are engaged in the college experience. Events are led and staffed by women volunteers from many different companies and communities in the Silicon Valley/San Francisco Bay Area. The women volunteers act as role models and introduce the participants to engineering and the sciences and help to foster leadership and team participation. Once accepted, girls are encouraged to participate in the program through all four years of high school to reinforce the message that the participants can be successful in STEM-related fields. The SWE-SCV/GetSET Program provides the continuity and support that is needed to help these young ladies succeed.