Monday, April 7, 2014

Tech Savvy for Girls Coming to Chicago on May 10

Tech Savvy programs for girls from AAUW, the American Association for University Women
Th AAUW, American Association of University Women, offered a program for girls called Tech Savvy and it's coming to Chicago on May 10. 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. The programs also have a parent component that keeps families in the know when it comes to STEM education and careers.

The Chicago program will take place on May 10, 2014 from 8:30 - 3:30 at IIT's Rice Campus in Wheaton. There is a five dollar per person fee.
Registrations are due by May 7, 2014.
Click here to register.

From the AAUW site:

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.

The parents’ program features speakers on STEM education and careers, encouraging parents to ask questions about these fields.

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.

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