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Tech-Girl Monthly: August 2013

Check out all the creative making from camps this summer!
Video Game Design  |  Create a Website
In yet another article about the "massive talent shortage globally" of computer programmers, Creative Collective CEO Yvette Adams says that "coding is deeply creative and about problem solving", but often adults "think coding is really intimidating and kids can’t do it." When we hear about the shortages of students studying science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects, it is often correlated with the assumption that these subjects are just too difficult. 
I don't really believe it, except for maybe that we start too late and expect too much in an effort to play catch up. This summer we found that video game design and web making are both great ways to tap into the creative and problem solving nature of coding. How do you create and problem solve with code? Please share with us.

Many thanks to Computers4Kids, Light House Studio, Charlottesville City Schools and Albemarle County Public Schools for supporting the web maker & video game design camps!
The summer was great fun for Tech-Girls and we want to keep the momentum going into the new school year, but we need your help!
  • Women in Tech Panel: A new study shows that local women in tech role models are hugely important to local girls interest in studying STEM. We want to celebrate the International Day of the Girl on October 11 by hosting a Women in Tech panel to highlight local role models. 
  • Tech-Girls Webfest: This event would bring girls together with local entrepreneurs, non-profits and mentors for a day of making websites. Tech-Girls have been learning HTML & CSS, the building blocks of websites, as well as website design. They will bring these skills to this day of helping others establish a presence on the web. 
Please contact us if you are interested in participating in either of these events this Fall.

Activities & Events

Live & Local

  • Tech-Girls Monthly Meetups will resume in September. Currently we meetup at Western HS and Computers4Kids. Let us know if you are interested in hosting a meetup at your school or organization.
  • October 11 - Day of the Tech-Girl! Plans are in the works for hosting a Women in Tech panel.  If you are interested in participating in any way to make this happen, please contact us.
  • October 12 - Charlottesville Mini-Maker Faire. Tech-Girls will be making and sharing Tapetricity cards and MaKey MaKey making. Volunteers needed, please contact us.

Virtual & Global

  • Black Girls Code is in the midst of their Summer of Code 2013. Check out their site to see if they are coming to a city near you!
  • June 15 - Sep 15 - Mozilla Maker Party. Why not RSVP today!
  • Sep 15 - Oct 15NCWIT Aspirations in Computing. Any girl in high school can apply for this award.
  • Sep 19 - 21 - Global STEMx Education Conference, a free online conference with students and educators from around the world

Tech-Girl Bridget imagined Dot flying!
Are you a fan of Zombies? Check out STEM of the Living Dead!
Want to learn how to create a Google Site? Tech-Girls have you covered with mini-lessons.
2013 Tech-Girls, This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License
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