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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!

praxairAAUW is proud to present our first 10 Tech Savvy pilot sites, which will take the AAUW Buffalo (NY) Branch’s highly successful, daylong STEM conference for girls nationwide. The 10 selected AAUW branches or states will each be receiving an $8,000 grant to implement Tech Savvy, thanks to a generous contribution from Praxair Inc.

Register for a 2014 Tech Savvy Conference

State Event Site Event Date Registration Host Branch
Mississippi Delta State University March 1 January 15 – February 13 AAUW of Mississippi Registration is now closed.
Virginia Tidewater Community College March 15 February 20 – March 11 AAUW Virginia Beach (VA) Branch Registration is now closed.
California University of California, Santa Barbara March 22 February 7 – March 17 AAUW Santa Barbara-Goleta Valley (CA) Branch Registration is now closed.
Connecticut Central Connecticut State University March 22 February 7 – March 17 AAUW of Connecticut Registration is now closed.
North Carolina University of North Carolina, Greensboro March 29 January 21 – March 15 AAUW Greensboro (NC) Branch Registration is now closed.
Michigan University Center Gaylord April 26 March 15 – April 20 AAUW Gaylord Area (MI) Branch Registration is now closed.
Ohio Ohio University May 17 April 7 – May 4 AAUW Athens (OH) Branch Registration is now closed.
Kentucky Kentucky State University May 17 March 28 – May 6 AAUW Bluegrass Central (KY) Branch Registration is now closed.
Illinois Illinois Institute of Technology, Rice Campus November 15 September 8 – October 31 AAUW Jane Addams (IL) Branch Sold out.
Indiana Indiana University-Purdue University, Columbus November 8 October 6 – October 31 AAUW Indianapolis (IN) Branch Register Now

Where It All Started

Tech Savvy was founded in 2006 by the AAUW Buffalo (NY) Branch, under the leadership of then- branch president and Praxair employee 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.

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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.


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.

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