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Tech Savvy 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.


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 2016 National Tech Savvy Pilot 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 22 sites will be hosted by AAUW branches or states that will each be receiving 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 2016 Schedule

State Event Date Event Site Registration
California February 14, 2016 University of California, Santa Barbara
Hosted by AAUW Santa Barbara-Goleta Valley (CA) Branch
Registration Closed
Texas February 20, 2016 Texas Tech University
Hosted by AAUW of Texas
Registration Closed
Mississippi February 27, 2016 Delta State University
Hosted by AAUW of Mississippi
Registration Closed
Connecticut February 27, 2016 Trinity College
Hosted by AAUW of Connecticut
Registration Closed
North Dakota March 9, 2016 University of Jamestown
Hosted by AAUW Jamestown (ND) Branch
Registration Closed
Wisconsin March 19, 2016 University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley
Hosted by AAUW Appleton (WI) Branch, AAUW Oshkosh (WI) Branch
Registration Closed
Utah April 2, 2016 Dixie State University
Hosted by AAUW St. George (UT) Branch
Registration Closed
California April 9, 2016 Pasadena City College
Hosted by AAUW Pasadena (CA) Branch
Registration Closed
Minnesota April 9, 2016 St. Cloud State University
Hosted by AAUW Saint Cloud Area (MN) Branch
Registration Closed
New York April 9, 2016 Tompkins-Cortland Community College
Hosted by AAUW Cortland (NY) Branch, AAUW Ithaca (NY) Branch
Registration Closed
North Carolina April 9, 2016 University of North Carolina – Greensboro
Hosted by AAUW Greensboro (NC) Branch
Registration Closed
Illinois April 16, 2016 Oakton Community College
Hosted by AAUW Jane Addams (IL) Branch
Registration Closed
Arizona April 23, 2016 Yavapai College
Hosted by AAUW Prescott (AZ) Branch
Registration Closed
Michigan April 30, 2016 University Center at Gaylord
Hosted by AAUW Gaylord Area (MI) Branch
Registration Closed
Ohio May 14, 2016 Ohio University
Hosted by AAUW Athens (OH) Branch
Registration Closed
Pennsylvania May 14, 2016 LaRoche College
Hosted by AAUW North Hills-Pittsburgh (PA) Branch
Registration Closed
Ohio May 14, 2016 Stark State University
Hosted by AAUW of Medina County (OH) Branch
Registration Closed
Hawaii May 21, 2016 Hawaii Pacific University
Hosted by AAUW Honolulu (HI) Branch
Registration Closed
Kentucky May 21, 2016 Kentucky State University
Hosted by AAUW Bluegrass Central (KY) Branch
Registration Closed
Florida June 4, 2016 University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee
Hosted by AAUW Bradenton (FL) Branch
Register
Nebraska June 4, 2016 College of Saint Mary
Hosted by AAUW Omaha (NE) Branch
Register
Pennsylvania June 4, 2016 Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
Hosted by AAUW Erie (PA) Branch
Register