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 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||Opens September 1||AAUW Jane Addams (IL) Branch|
|Indiana||Indiana University-Purdue University, Columbus||TBD||TBD||AAUW Indianapolis (IN) Branch|
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.
Tech 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.
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.
During 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.
Support programs designed to develop girls’ interest, excitement, and self-confidence in STEM fields.Give to Tech Savvy