Tech Savvy Application
What is Tech Savvy?
Tech Savvy is a daylong science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) career conference designed to develop the interest of middle school girls in STEM fields and help adults support girls’ STEM interests. Tech Savvy was founded in Buffalo, New York, in 2006 by chemical and biomedical engineer Tamara Brown and members of the AAUW Buffalo (NY) Branch.
What makes Tech Savvy unique?
- The conference is grounded in AAUW research reports Why So Few? Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics and Solving the Equation: The Variables for Women’s Success in Engineering and Computing.
- It includes capacity-building workshops and tools to educate parents about topics such as college preparedness.
- It inspires girls in sixth through ninth grades to envision future educational and career paths.
- It creates a collaboration between industry, college, and community.
- It opens up networking opportunities and builds community for volunteers.
Key elements of planning a Tech Savvy program
- College or university campus: AAUW college/university (C/U) partner member institution agrees to serve as the Tech Savvy site
- Affirmed AAUW branch or state support: Demonstrated collaboration by an AAUW-affiliated entity
- Time frame: Program runs a minimum of seven hours, including provided breakfast and lunch
- Budget: Itemized Tech Savvy budget with fundraising plan in addition to AAUW grant support through branch fundraising efforts and in-kind donations
- Volunteer and staffing plan: Adequate support for Tech Savvy planning and event implementation
- Program for adults: Speakers provide information for families on relevant and rewarding STEM careers as well as academic and financial preparation for college
- Workshops and “savvy skills”: A curriculum that focuses on hands-on STEM learning and real-life skills, such as public speaking and negotiation
- College Savvy (optional): Girls meet college representatives or alumni who provide information about STEM majors and programs at local colleges or universities
What are the host site’s responsibilities?
AAUW branch and state members will build a successful environment for Tech Savvy as local experts, and AAUW will work to create a successful program and establish this opportunity for girls.
AAUW National Office
AAUW Branches/State Sites
|Fully funded committee chair training at AAUW national headquarters in Washington, D.C.||Committee chair attends training and utilizes skills for program management|
|Guidance through the pilot year of the program||Build a local network through community outreach|
|An extensive planning tool kit covering every aspect of the program including electronic templates for marketing and program materials||Event planning and on-site management|
|A $5,000 grant for each Tech Savvy site||Fundraise or secure in-kind support for the remainder of the budget costs (excluding registration fees)|
|Guidance on how to use local resources||Find resources based on local talent, availability, and area strengths|
|Promotion on national social media outlets||Local promotion and advertisement and event pictures, video, and other materials|
|Ongoing national training of committee chairs and coordination of pilot sites||Committee chair attends monthly conference calls and receives individual support|
|Online registration||Outreach to teachers, schools, and parents with goal of 200 in attendance, including girls and adults|
|Evaluation instruments and an AAUW-conducted assessment including a report by an independent evaluator||Ensure surveys and other evaluation tools are fully utilized|
Expectations and Procedures
A total of 20 pilot locations will be selected to host Tech Savvy conferences on college and university campuses through June 30, 2016. During this time, AAUW national staff, planning committees, and community volunteers will coordinate all logistics, and committee chairs will participate in monthly all-site conference calls. The following time line provides major dates and deadlines.
September 18, 2015: Applications are due at 11:59 p.m. ET to firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 19–October 11, 2015: An independent committee reviews Tech Savvy applications.
October 14, 2015: Applicants are notified of decisions by e-mail.
October 18, 2015: Letters of commitment are due to the AAUW national office.
November 6–7, 2015: Tech Savvy committee chairs attend training at AAUW in Washington, D.C.