Tech-Girls offers programs across the K-12 spectrum. Once a month, Girls’ Geek Days spark elementary school-aged girls’ interest in STEM. There are a variety of before and after school programs for middle schoolers. For high school age, we have Bio-Med Tech-Girls plus lots of opportunities for them to mentor and be a role model for younger girls. Our focus through all these programs is to spark interest, build confidence, nurture an inclusive community and help girls’ develop their own tech identity. Here are some highlights from 2016!
Over 425 unique girls participated in 7 Girls’ Geek Day sessions held in elementary schools all around Albemarle county with over 65 girls at each event!
Each month we spotlight a woman or girl in tech who inspires us. This month we are highlighting the amazing people who make Tech-Girls possible by offering their time as role models, volunteers, mentors, advisors and supporters!
Kate Acuff, Terri Allard, Mark Andrews, Ayoade Balogun, Sue Berres, Caroline Bertrand, Megan Bird, Rose Bittle, Beth Bollwerk, Sara Bowman, Abigail Buckholdt, Campbell Buie, Matt Burke, Celia Castleman, Bella Grace Cave, David Chen, Elaine Cheng, Courtney Christensen, Meagan Collins, Johanna Craig, Zara Craig, Madison Crouch, Grace Culver, Ingrid Hu Dahl, Julia Davenport, Amira Dhalla, Kate Donovan, Emma Draper, Clara Duffy, Elsa Emanuel, Saman Ehsan, Becky Fisher, Jay Gardner, Zoe Gardner, Anne Geraty, Leela Ghaemmaghami, Andreas Ghalmann, Leslie Gibson, Terry Graff, Eloise Granville, Tracey Greene, Nicolas Gutkowski, Trisha Hajela, Kelly Hall, Caroline Hallowell, Sue Harris, Sue He, Xander Herrick, Caitlin Hobgood, Lucia Hoerr, Tricia Howell, Barbara Huneycutt, Samreen Islam, Brynn Jefferson, Kayla Johnson, Anita Jones, Elise Kain, Rebecca Kendall, Isabella Kim, Maya Kim, Lisa King, Lakshmi Kopparam, Eileen Krepkovich, Judy Larrick, Isobel Lavezzo, Madeline Lorente, Samantha Kostelni, Becky Malin, Marina Malone, Patsy Mangas, Maggie Mathieson, Michele Mathieson, Jeff Matriccino, Asher McDavitt, Erin Miller, Helen Miller, Zach Minster, Hannah Moore, Lynn Nichols, Gracie Noble, Taisiya Novopechennaia, Jessica Otey, Samhita Pendyal, Anna Posner, Ellie Powell, Aditi Prakash, Liz Pyle, Caroline Quist, Victoria Redfearn-Cave, Charles Richardson, Peggy Riso, Nia Robinson, Noelle Robinson, Jean Salac, Chad Sansing, Rebecca Scharf, Heather Sledd, Anna Snyder, Kala Somerville, Emily Sposato, Beth Stefanik, Christina Stiebris, Phoebe Strazzullo, Sophia Sun, Tes Tabilas, Chris Talmadge, Lauren Thomas, Beth Tice, MJ Toms, Cherry Wang, Danielle Wentworth, Paula White, Jennifer Whitenack, Lainey Williams, Tammi Williams, Brian Williford, Erin Winick, Celia Wood, Grace Wusk, Mingxing Zhang, Cayla, Lily and more graciously gave their time & support this year to help bridge the gender gap in tech in Charlottesville and beyond!
Activities & Events
January 7 - Girls' Geek Day at Cale Elementary. GGD is all about sparking elementary school girls interest in technology and computing by providing a fun, collaborative, hands-on environment to learn new tech skills and helping them connect to other STEM programs in the community. Registration required.
January 21 - Rally in Cville at the IX Art Park. Charlottesville Gathers is organizing a local inclusive rally to celebrate our diversity and stand up for what the Charlottesville area values, in support of the Women's March on Washington. More info.
January 29 - SPARK! Hackathon Demo Party at 7pm. In partnership with Mozilla, St. Anne’s-Belfield School hosts this two-day event of learning and making. Open to high school students throughout the region, the event gives them a unique opportunity to get connected to industry experts and other students who are passionate about changing the world through technology. Come check out what teens created at the Demo Party on Sunday night. RSVP requested.
February 10 (registration deadline) - The 2017 Capital Region Celebration of Women in Computing Conference (CAPWIC) will be held February 24 & 25 at Georgetown University. This event brings together women at the high school, undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels to promote the recruitment, retention, and progression of women in computing fields. Registration required.
Ongoing - Make It @ the Library, 4:00pm, second Wednesdays at Central Library. Kickstart your creativity with this Pop-up Makerspace. Open to ages 10-15.
Ongoing - Northside Makerspace. Tuesdays at 6-8pm, Thursdays at 3-5pm & Saturdays 10:30am-12:30pm at Northside Library. Ages 11+ and patrons must be accompanied by adult 16 or order.
Virtual & Global
January 20 (deadline) - Connecther Annual Film Festival is looking for entries from 8th thru 12th grade that bring awareness to critical issues facing women and girls around the world.
January 25 (deadline) - The Mars Medical Challenge. If you are a K-12 student in the United States, your challenge is to create a digital 3D model of an object that could be used by an astronaut to maintain physical health on a 3-year mission to Mars.
February 1 (deadline) - EngineerGirl Essay Contest invites all students in grades 3-12 to submit an essay to the contest entitled "Engineering and Animals".
February 6 (deadline) - ExploraVision competition for K-12 students engages the next generation in real world problem solving with a strong emphasis on STEM.
February 15 (deadline) - ProjectCSGirls is a competition designed to challenge middle school girls to actively use computer science and technology to develop a solution to an imminent social problem.
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!