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Tech-Girl Monthly: March 2016

Be the Spark!


March is National Women's History Month and March 8 is International Women's Day. So it's a great time to celebrate the creations and accomplishments of women. Here are just a few resources sharing inspiring stories about women: It's also a great time to consider how you can "be the spark" that helps inspire other women and girls in tech. March and then April are brimming with opportunities for you to invite your friend, daughter, niece or granddaughter to get hands-on with tech! Tech-Girls and Charlottesville Women in Tech will be on hand at the Charlottesville Mini-Maker Faire on March 26 and the UVA Ladies in the Lab on April 17. Be sure to stop by and say hi. Learn more about these and more upcoming opportunities in the Activities & Events section below.

Spotlight: Anita Jones


Each month we spotlight a woman or girl in tech who inspires us. This month we are highlighting Anita Jones. Anita is or has been a university professor, a computer scientist, a researcher, a co-founder of a venture backed software start-up, an Assistant Secretary of Defense, a director of for-profit companies, and a trustee for not-for-profit organizations.
This past weekend, she was a keynote speaker at the  Capital Region Celebration of Women in Computing and dropped a whole lot of wisdom on the young women attending the conference:
  • Being a computer scientist is a great place for doing anything you want to do because information is at the root of everything.
  • Your job should not be the definition of your professional existence, it’s your platform. Don’t start by trying to find your “perfect” job, go where you can get new experiences & learn new skills.
  • The more skills you have, the further you’ll get & the more opportunities & choices you will have. You want to be somebody who can do something that no one else can do.
  • It’s not about the code you write or the programs you design, it’s the problems you solve.
Read more.

Get Involved!

Are you ready to become a mentor or sponsor a Tech-Girl event? Can you help us get the word out? However you would like to get involved, we need you! 

Activities & Events

Live & Local

  • March 9 - Make It @ the Library: Tech Petting Zoo (4pm). Check out a variety of tech tools and toys at the Central Library including a mini robot, a 3D Doodle Pen, Makey Makeys, wearable LED projects and more. Ages 10-15. Registration recommended. Call 434.979.7151 x 4 to sign up.
  • March 12 (deadline) SWE @ UVA High School Visitation. HSV is a comprehensive, hands-on program to give young women an in-depth look at the field of engineering. High school students from the state of Virginia are welcome to apply. HSV will be Saturday, April 9. Apply now.
  • March 12 - Marine Microbes at Open Bio Labs. Get an up close look under a microscope at local marine microbes and learn what they are all about. Recommended for ages 8 to 12. Registration required.
  • March 19 - Girls' Geek Day. Cale Elementary School (9am to noon). This event is open to all ages, but if you are a 3rd grader or younger, please plan on bringing one of your parents too. Registration required.
  • March 19 - Expanding Your Horizons is a one-day math and science conference for girls in grades 6-10. The girls participate in exciting, hands-on workshops organized by JMU faculty & students. There is no registration fee, but all students and accompanying adults and teachers must pre-register.
  • March 24 (deadline) - Tom Tom Youth Summit  is looking for students to submit their STEM, entrepreneurship and/or social innovation projects and ideas to showcase and/or pitch at their event. Apply online.
  • March 26 - Charlottesville Mini-Maker Faire (10am - 4pm). Be sure to mark your calendar for this fun, interactive event featuring hands-on exhibits, lectures and the art fashion show. More info.
  • April 14 - Tom Tom Youth Summit. Take charge of your education. Inspire and be inspired. Join hundreds of other creative problem solvers at this student planned and student led Summit. More info & RSVP.
  • April 16 & 17 - USA Science & Engineering Festival (Washington DC). This is a great experience for the whole family - tons of hands-on activities and the opportunity to meet your favorite STEM rock star plus it's all free! More info.
  • April 17 - UVA Ladies in the Lab. Middle and high school girls, you don’t want to miss this interactive showcase of women in STEM hosted by female engineers from UVA and beyond! Registration info.
  • May 11 - Make It @ the Library: Tape, Tech, & T-shirts (4pm). Create projects with Duck and washi tape, play with tech toys, decorate a T-shirt, or do all three. Ages 10-15. Registration recommended. Call 434.979.7151 x 4 to sign up.
  • May 15 (deadline) - Bio-Med Tech-Girls is coming the week of August 8! This program is open to female students who are currently in 9th, 10th or 11th grade. Space is limited and you must apply in order to be considered. Apply now.
  • Ongoing - Charlottesville Open Bio Labs. You can learn about the rising tide of synthetic biology and biotechnology through their classes and workshops. More info.
  • Ongoing - Charlottesville Women in Tech Meetup. If you are a mom of a Tech-Girl & want to connect with other female techies, please consider joining us at a monthly meetup. More info.
  • Ongoing - Girl Develop It Central VA. What better way to inspire your daughter, grand-daughter or niece to learn to code than to learn yourself. Girl Develop It Central VA offers beginner classes in Charlottesville and Harrisonburg for adults.
  • Ongoing - Playing Aces Chess is a group of teachers, parents, and interested community leaders who recognize the importance of developing critical and creative thinking skills in every student using chess. They hold chess events throughout the region. More info.
  • Ongoing - Tinkersmiths Makerspace hosts a wide range of workshops that are open to a variety of ages and experience levels. Check out their latest meetups.

Summer Camps!

  • June 20 - July 15 - Tech Camp @ STAB. No sitting through boring lectures here, you'll get hands-on with tech from day one. Create electronic cards, light up your clothes, make an app, design a game, code a song, mod Minecraft - the possibilities truly are endless at Tech Camp @ STAB. Be sure to check out the expanded offerings this summer including the CS Academy and Art of Code for Tech-Girls! Weekly camps are available for rising 2nd thru 12th graders and run from 9am to 4pm. Registration info (scholarships available).
  • June 13 - August 12 - KidsCollege@PVCC STEM & Arts Academies offers a wide variety of week-long project-based STEM and Arts-based classes all summer long. Rising 3rd thru 9th graders. Half or full day options. Registration info (scholarships available).

Virtual & Global

  • March 8 (deadline) - Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program is 7-week computer science course that embeds classrooms in technology companies and universities. Open to current 10th and 11th grade students. Apply now.
  • March 8 - Mozilla Curriculum Workshop. All are welcome to help prototype educational resources dealing with women’s issues, rights, and accomplishments.
  • April 15 (deadline) - ProjectCSGirls is a computer science competition for middle school girls. Create something with tech that can help solve an imminent social problem. More info.
  • April 21 (deadline) - Technovation Challenge. Become a technology entrepreneur and develop a mobile app prototype that solves a real world problem in your local community. Work in teams of up to 5 girls to research, design & build a mobile app. More info.
  • Ongoing - Made with Code for classes & workshops geared toward girls.
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