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Triad TechSavvy 2015 to Encourage Girls in STEM

Posted on Tuesday, January 27th, 2015 by CommunityEngagement. Tags:
Tech Savvy STEM Event Flyer

During the last 5 years The American Association of University Women (AAUW Greensboro) has partnered with the University of North Carolina Greensboro (UNCG) to offer highly successful activities for middle school girls.  The event on Saturday March 28, 2015 will be based on a STEM&M (Science, Math, Engineering, Technology and Medicine) theme and will include hands-on workshops in the health-related sciences.

Background

TechSavvy is a daylong science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) career conference designed to attract girls in sixth through ninth grade to these fields and to inform families about STEM education and careers. The AAUW Buffalo (NY) Branch, led by former branch president Tamara Brown, launched the first TechSavvy in 2005 at the University of Buffalo. Founder Brown was named a 2011 Champion of Change at the White House by President Barack Obama.

2015 TechSavvy Program in Greensboro

AAUW Greensboro Branch in Collaboration with UNCG has been selected to be one of fifteen sites across the United States to be patterned after TechSavvy – Powered by AAUW.  Funding for this event comes from AAUW (National) and local entities.  Local University collaborators with UNCG this year will be:  NC A&T State University, the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, and Guilford College.

The TechSavvy program at UNCG will incorporate several key features:

  • Local female teachers, professors, and professionals lead hands-on workshops.
  • Girls learn about a variety of STEM&M professions.
  • Girls gain “Savvy skills”  i.e. critical non-tech skills such as public speaking, presentation, and building a successful resume will be covered during the day.
  • Adults can learn about the activities the girls receive as well participate in sessions to learn about how to support girls in STEM and plan for higher education.

TechSavvy STEM Activities

The day-long event will feature a plenary session with an invited Keynote speaker, several hands-on sessions in STEM&M fields, a College Savvy session and a Savvy skills session for girls. Adults will attend the plenary session as well as a parallel program that will include planning and financing higher education. For a complete list of workshops descriptions, visit http://greensboro-nc.aauw.net/techevents/triad-techsavvy/

Reposted from the Greensboro NC Branch of them American Association of University Women