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Tech-Girl Monthly: June 2014

If you are involved in any way with tech, then you probably couldn't miss the story recently about Google disclosing it's diversity record. As the PBS headline goes, "it's not good". Women make up only 30% of their overall workforce with 17% of the tech positions and 21% of the leadership positions being held by women. As an activist trying to inspire more women and girls to get into tech, this revelation is frustrating, but not too surprising. However, I want you to know that there is some really good and hopeful news here. By putting real, measurable data out there, Google has helped open up the discussion of the gender gap in tech from the abstract to the concrete. I have seen more positive dialog around this topic than ever before.

As Donna Brazile reminded the attendees at the NCWIT Summit recently, “we’re not telling men to leave the room,” she said, “just scoot over” and "it matters who is at the table, even if you have to bring in a folding chair". In tech, there are opportunities for all! Check out Donna's awesome NCWIT talk - Diversity Matters. Also check out the Sit with Me campaign and see what others are saying and doing about diversity in tech.

Spotlight: Elena Simon & Deidre Carillo

Each month we spotlight a woman or girl in tech who inspires us. This year the White House Science Fair had a "specific focus on girls and women who are excelling in STEM and inspiring the next generation with their work". So this month, we are spotlighting a couple of female students from the fair.
Elana Simon, 18, cancer researcher whose research results were recently published in the journal Science. When President Obama asked her what she planned to study in college, she replied that "computer science is what allowed me to do all this research, so I’m definitely planning on studying computer science." 
Deidre Carrillo, 18, helped found her high school's engineering team and led her team to a first place finish in the Emerald Coast Electrathon - a national competition for student-built electric cars.

Check out the video

Get Involved

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

CoderDojo Girls: The Maker Party

We are excited to announce that the Maker Party is coming back to CoderDojo this year the week of July 21! The Maker Party is all about making stuff. We'll be making cards, real ones with blinking lights and virtual ones to send to friends and family. You'll have the opportunity to create sound boards, game controllers, instruments, animations and so much more! Registration required.

Activities & Events

Live & Local

  • June 11 - 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 meetup. More info.
  • June 23 & 30 - Hack Jam 101: Teen Tech Time. Grades 6-12 at Crozet Library. Required registration begins Monday, June 2.
  • June 28 - Women Can Fly event @ CHO with free airplane rides to girls and women ages 8 and up, ATC tower tours, tours of aircraft on display, and opportunities to talk with professionals in aviation. Registration required for flights.
  • June 28 - Blinking Bling: Light-Up Jewelry with TechKim. Grades 6-12 at Greene County Library. Required registration begins on Monday, June 9.
  • July 7-24 - CoderDojo Summer Academy. The summer offerings will include separate morning and afternoon sessions during the weeks of July 7-10, July 14-17, and July 21-24. More info.
  • July 8 - Blinking Bling: Light-Up Jewelry with TechKim. Grades 6-12 at Scottsville Library. Required registration begins on Tuesday, June 24.
  • July 14-18 - Soft Circuit Creations with TechKim for rising 6th - 9th graders at PVCC. Learn to sew circuits to add lights to wearable & plush creature creations. More tech classes & registration info available at PVCC Summer Career Academies.
  • July 25 - Blinking Bling: Light-Up Jewelry with TechKim. Grades 6-12 at Central Library. Required registration begins on Friday, July 11. Call 434.979.7151 x4 to sign up.
  • July 28-Aug 1 - Video Game Design with TechKim at Light House Studio. 7th thru 12th graders can get their first taste of video game design in this beginner-friendly workshop. Registration required.
  • August 5 & 12 - Hack Jam 101: Teen Tech Time. Grades 6-12 at Central Library. Required registration begins Tuesday, July 22. Call 434.979.7151 x4 to sign up.
  • August 11-15 - Exploring Technology with TechKim at Light House Studio for ages 8 to 11. Learn about what makes a computer tick & create your own technology. Registration required.

Virtual & Global

  • Ongoing (monthly) - CreateHS is an online high school coding competition with new challenges released every month. Check out this month's challenge.
  • July 2 (deadline) - Women@NASA has created a virtual mentoring projects to middle school students across the country. Application info.
  • July 15 - September 15 - Maker Party, Mozilla's global campaign to teach the web. Find or create an event near you!
Two 6th grade girls took the top prize at Startup Weekend!
Why study/major in computer science?
Create your first wearable tech!
2014 Tech-Girls, This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License
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