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Tech Savvy is a daylong science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) career conference designed to attract girls in sixth–ninth grade to these fields and to inform families about STEM education and careers.


Although the program focuses on exciting girls about STEM, Tech Savvy also includes an important program for parents. This component encourages families to reinforce the girls’ interest in STEM. Keep reading for more details on the program for girls and their families.

Tech Savvy Is Coming to a Town Near You!

AAUW is proud to present our 2017 National Tech Savvy Program sites, which will take the AAUW Buffalo (NY) Branch’s highly successful, one-day science, technology, engineering, and math conference for girls nationwide. The 18 sites will be hosted by AAUW branches or states that will each receive a grant from AAUW to implement Tech Savvy.

Check the list of events

Where It All Started

Tech Savvy was founded in 2006 by the AAUW Buffalo (NY) Branch, under the leadership of then- branch president Tamara Brown. With the support of Praxair and community groups, this annual event has become a huge success, serving upwards of 700 girls and 200 parents each spring at the University of Buffalo in New York.

Tech Savvy in CaliforniaTech Savvy for Girls

The day begins with hands-on workshops in various math and science fields. Past workshops include “Math: Exploring Complex Worlds with Simple Rules,” which combined computers with the world of mathematics. “Robotics” explored mechatronics and virtual reality, and “Re-using Your Environment,” taught girls how to help the planet through recycling.

The second portion of the day focuses on “savvy skills.” These are skills girls can use in their daily lives, such as critical thinking, sharing opinions, public speaking, and knowledge about financial literacy, negotiation, and interviewing.

See Tech Savvy Buffalo in action.

Tech Savvy for Parents

The parents’ program features speakers on STEM education and careers, encouraging parents to ask questions about these fields. Previous family programs have included “7 Things You Should Know about Financial and Academic Preparedness” and keynote speaker Lisa Maatz, AAUW Vice President of Government Relations.

Tech Savvy in MississippiDuring the final portion of the day, parents and girls reconvene to hear from a keynote speaker relevant to the theme of the conference. In the past, Tech Savvy has showcased speakers from IBM and other high-profile corporations. Speakers have also come from nonprofit trailblazers such as Echoing Green, an organization that provides seed money to kickstart nonprofits like Teach for America and City Year.

Volunteers

Professional women and students in STEM serve as Tech Savvy volunteers and role models. Volunteers provide crucial opportunities for the next generation of girls in STEM to meet real women who are succeeding in these educational and professional fields.


Tech Savvy 2017 Schedule

State Event Date Event Site Registration
Minnesota January 28, 2017 St. Cloud State University
Hosted by AAUW Saint Cloud Area (MN) Branch
TBA
Texas February 18, 2017 Texas Tech University
Hosted by AAUW Lubbock (TX) Branch
TBA
Connecticut March 4, 2017 Trinity College
Hosted by AAUW of Connecticut
TBA
Florida March 4, 2017 State College of Florida-Sarasota Manatee
Hosted by AAUW Bradenton (FL) Branch
TBA
North Dakota March 7, 2017 University of Jamestown
Hosted by AAUW Jamestown (ND) Branch
TBA
Arizona March 25, 2017 Yavapai College
Hosted by AAUW Prescott (AZ) Branch
TBA
Illinois March 25, 2017 Triton College
Hosted by AAUW Downers Grove Area (IL) Branch
TBA
Mississippi March 25, 2017 Delta State University
Hosted by AAUW of Mississippi
TBA
North Carolina March 25, 2017 University of North Carolina, Greensboro
Hosted by AAUW Greensboro (NC) Branch
TBA
New York April 1, 2017 Tompkins Cortland Community College
Hosted by AAUW Cortland (NY) Branch, AAUW Ithaca (NY) Branch
TBA
California April 8, 2017 Pasadena City College
Hosted by AAUW Pasadena (CA) Branch
TBA
Wisconsin April 8, 2017 University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley
Hosted by AAUW Appleton (WI) Branch, AAUW Oshkosh (WI) Branch
TBA
Hawaii April 22, 2017 Hawaii Pacific University
Hosted by AAUW Honolulu (HI) Branch
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Michigan April 29, 2017 University Center at Gaylord
Hosted by AAUW Gaylord Area (MI) Branch
TBA
Nebraska April 29, 2017 College of Saint Mary
Hosted by AAUW Omaha (NE) Branch
TBA
Pennsylvania May 6, 2017 Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
Hosted by AAUW Erie (PA) Branch
TBA
Ohio May 13, 2017 Ohio University, Athens
Hosted by AAUW Athens (OH) Branch
TBA
California May 2017 University of California, Santa Barbara
Hosted by AAUW Santa Barbara-Goleta Valley (CA) Branch
TBA