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Bring the STEM Career Conference to a Site near You in 2016

Applications are due by September 18, 2015, at 11:59 p.m. ET.

 

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 2015 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 17 selected AAUW branches or states will each be receiving a grant from AAUW to implement Tech Savvy.

State Event Site Event Date Host Branch
Nebraska College of Saint Mary June 13, 2015 AAUW Omaha (NE) Branch
Connecticut Trinity College May 2, 2015 AAUW of Connecticut
Ohio Stark State College April 25, 2015 AAUW
Pennsylvania Edinboro University April 25, 2015 AAUW Erie (PA) Branch
North Dakota University of Jamestown January 5, 2015 AAUW Jamestown (ND) Branch
California University of California, Santa Barbara February 15, 2015 AAUW Santa Barbara-Goleta Valley (CA) Branch
Utah Dixie State University February 21, 2015 AAUW St. George (UT) Branch
Hawaii Windward Community College March 14, 2015 AAUW Honolulu (HI) Branch
Virginia Tidewater Community College March 14, 2015 AAUW Virginia Beach (VA) Branch
Illinois Triton College March 21, 2015 AAUW Jane Addams (IL) Online Branch
Mississippi Delta State University March 21, 2015 AAUW of Mississippi
North Carolina The University of North Carolina at Greensboro March 28, 2015 AAUW Greensboro (NC) Branch
New York SUNY Cortland March 28, 2015 AAUW Cortland (NY) Branch
Michigan University Center Gaylord April 18, 2015 AAUW Gaylord Area (MI) Branch
Wisconsin University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh April 18, 2015 AAUW Oshkosh (WI) Branch
Kentucky Kentucky State University May 16, 2015 AAUW Bluegrass Central (KY) Branch
Ohio Ohio University May 30, 2015 AAUW Athens (OH) Branch

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.

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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.

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.