Society of Women Engineers
Central Indiana
April 2020 Bulletin
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Bulletin Topics and Upcoming Events
  • Rube Goldberg Challenge
  • Thank You's for Essential Citizens 
  • Out My Window - Quarantine Questionnaire 
  • From the Society
    • Continuing Education Units from Home 
    • Stress Reduction and Self Care Learning Sessions
Rube Goldberg Challenge 

We always look forward to building Rube Goldberg machines with you! Each year SWE-CI helps Girl Scouts in the surrounding area earn their Inventors Badge by building a Rube Goldberg machine, and this year we were excited to bring the challenge to the Indianapolis State Museum Tinkerfest (postponed until further notice). 

But with all this time on our hands...why not practice at home?? Rube Goldberg Inc and Katherine, from our Outreach Committee, are challenging you to build a Rube Goldberg along with us.

Challenge: Drop a bar of soap into someone's hand in 10-20 steps
Tips: Gather supplies before you begin including tape and scissors
Start from an elevated surface and work down
Design, build, test, repeat!

Share your progress and finished Rube Goldberg machine with SWE-CI sharing your video with us on Facebook, Instagram, or e-mailing it to

Think you have something really great? Submit your finished machine to Rube Goldberg Inc. for a chance to win prizes!

RGB Inc.
Say Thank You to an Essential Worker

It is important to recognize that not everyone is able to quarantine at this time, their jobs are simply too important. Take the time to say 'thank you' and offer a smile next time you go grocery shopping or pass a police/fire station, offer a wave to the trash collectors. Below are some coloring activities to work on with your family. Consider printing and coloring these templates together. Include a simple thank you note and drop it in the mail or at customer service next time you go grocery shopping.

Out My Window - Quarantine Questionnaire 

Tell us about what is keeping you inspired and motivated during this time. We want to know about how you are adjusting to the Stay at Home Order and where you see the silver linings. Include a view from your window or a picture of a project you are proud of. You may be featured in our next bulletin!

Fill Out Questionnaire Here!
Katie W. - Systems Integration Engineer for Cummins Turbo Technologies

On working from home...
Like most people, I have a dedicated "work space" that is near some natural sunlight. I try to keep a regular schedule and take advantage of beautiful weather by going on walks outside which also improves my concentration. I have placed an ottoman next to my desk for the sole purpose of encouraging Shawn (one of my cats) to sit there and not on my keyboard. It works some of the time.

Beyond work...
I try to exercise daily by either going for a walk/run downtown or doing an online at-home workout. I used to take dance classes taught by a friend from college. Unfortunately she lost her sources of income due to COVID-19 situation but recently started "fitness cardio classes" that are super fun and rewarding! I attend those as a way to stay connected with friends, support them, and also get a workout in. Additionally, I have been chipping away at my arts and crafts to-make list that has been growing over the past 10 years which includes t-shirt blankets! I've finally started on my college blanket and have the materials ready for my CCA Sports league and high school blankets (I will be so warm this winter!!). Finally, I keep up with friends via video chat - Friday night "house parties", virtual wine and craft nights, and I have a family group chat that keeps me connected and grounded.

Watch this, Listen to that...
Previous to this, I have never been someone to watch a lot of TV or movies so this time has allowed me to slow down and catch up on all the shows and TV I missed throughout my whole life. My favorite shows have been Scrubs, Brooklyn 99, and Kimmy Schmidt. I used to get my "reading" in by listening to books or podcasts on my 1 hour commute into work. Since working from home, I still listen to audiobooks, while keeping my hands busy (like making my t-shirt blankets!). Being part of a book club helps keep me accountable. We are currently reading...err, listening to...In Praise of Difficult Women by Karen Karbo.

And here are the Silver Linings...

  1. I love working from home, and my cats (surprisingly!) also really love it!
  2. I have the time to do the crafts I've been putting off.
  3. It's given me the perspective of how much I took gathering as a group of friends for granted.
  4. I'm extremely thankful for my health and the health of those around me.
  5. I've started a list of local places around Indy that I would like to visit once things are open again, and have been trying a lot of places (for pick-up and delivery of course!) that I haven't gotten around to.
  6. My apartment is the cleanest space I've ever lived in!
From the Society: Continuous Education from Where You Are

Practicing self-care is important for maintaining a healthy relationship with yourself and others. If you are finding it hard to stay calm and manage your stress, these on-demand webinars from SWE are available to you as an active member:

A Daily Reset: Mindfulness and Stress Reduction offers simple tools to help engineers manage daily stress, providing those in attendance with the ability to re-energize and re-center themselves with a daily reset break. You’ll be coached to identify actions, emotions and behaviors that are not serving your interests and will be given instruction on how to eliminate that “baggage” to be able to move forward.

Survive to Thrive: Rewiring our Brains in an Epidemically StressedSociety brings members the cutting edge neuroscience of stress and strategies to get out of our pre-programmed survival mindsets, to a place where business, bodies and brains all thrive. 

Additionally, Continuing Education Units are available on Advance the On-Demand E-Learning portal. To help you master basic leadership tenets, SWE has revamped our Leadership Fundamentals eLearning series. This series was designed to educate engineers on the skills necessary to be an influential leader in any setting and has been redesigned to suit the modern learner. Each of these sessions has been accredited with 0.1 CEUs from the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).

Monthly SWE-CI Meetings 
When: April 8 (Wednesday), 5:30 - 6:30 pm
Where: Audio and video conferencing only. Join us via our Google Hangouts Link!
Conference Call info: 1-302-202-1112 Conference code: 433402

The full calendar of our events is available on our website.

We have openings on our committees! Interested in learning more? Email
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