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Tech-Girl Monthly: August 2014

Everyone loves a good party, but imagine a party where you can have fun, learn cool stuff and change the world! That’s just what Mozilla’s Maker Party campaign aims to do by teaching the web to all. A Maker Party can be a big blow out event or just a few folks tinkering at the kitchen table - the key is to provide a fun, supportive environment for everyone to explore the building blocks of the web - empowering party goers to move from merely using the web to creating it.
Tech-Girls is a proud partner of the Mozilla Web Maker Party. This summer we've held CoderDojo Girls: The Maker Party and the Maker Party at Center for Open Science. In addition, resources created by Kim and CoderDojo Girls have been highlighted on the Webmaker blog and global Teach the Web community call. It’s never too late to host your own party! There are tons of resources to help you get started and let us know if you’d like some Tech-Girl support!

Spotlight: Rachel Smith 

Each month we spotlight a woman or girl in tech who inspires us. This month we're super excited to highlight and introduce you to Rachel Smith. Rachel is a recent Biomedical Engineering graduate of UVA, who is currently working on turning her patent-pending Capstone Project idea into a business. She’s also been a Tech-Girls volunteer and has been a driving force behind the upcoming Bio-Med Tech-Girls: UVA Exploratory Experience for young women in high school.

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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! 

Tech-Girls After-School Programs

Tech-Girls in collaboration with GREAT (GiRls Excited About Technology) will be coming to Jouett on Monday afternoons and coming back to Henley on Tuesday afternoons. GREAT is the brainchild of high school junior, Selena Feng, who is passionate about “providing a place where girls are encouraged to freely follow their passions regardless of society's opinions, to help them develop their own tech identities, and inspire them to pursue their interests in computing". Participants in both programs will be introduced to topics such as robotics, programming, and technology, and learn how these subjects are used and applied in everyday life. We will provide resources and encouragement for further participation in technology by giving girls the skills, knowledge, and information needed to pursue IT/CS in high school, college, and beyond. More details (such as registration and exact meeting dates) will be available closer to the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year.

Girls' Geek Days

Girls' Geek Days will also be gearing up again in the fall. These days are all about sparking elementary school-aged girl’s 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. Girls' Geek Day is the brainchild of Paula White, Gifted Resource Teacher at Albemarle County Schools. She and Kim Wilkens, Tech-Girls founder, coordinate and plan the event with the support and effort of many volunteers who generously offer their time and talents to get girls fun & early exposure to STEM fields. To learn more, join us at the Open House at Crozet Elementary on September 23 from 6-7:30pm.

Activities & Events

Live & Local

  • 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.
  • September 23 - Girls' Geek Days Open House at Crozet Elementary School from 6-7:30pm.
  • October 4 - Charlottesville Mini Maker Faire. Be sure to mark your calendar for this fun, interactive event featuring regional makers.
  • October 9 - CBIC Tech Tour. Open to middle and high school students from participating schools. Check to see if your school is on board the tour & sign up quickly. Spots are limited for this regional event!
Virtual & Global
  • Ongoing (monthly) - CreateHS is an online high school coding competition with new challenges released every month. Check out this month's challenge.
  • Ongoing - Made to Code for classes & workshops geared toward girls.
  • July 7-August 15 - Maker Camp. A free, online summer camp for building, tinkering & exploring. Sign up for camp.
  • July 15-September 15 - Maker Party, Mozilla's global campaign to teach the web.Find or create an event near you!
  • July 21-August 24 - Pursuitery Coding with Scratch Challenge. Join others online learning to create games with Scratch.
  • September 1 - February 15 - ProjectCSGIRLS, the nation’s biggest computer science competition for middle school girls. Build something with tech that can help solve an imminent social problem.
The Negatives, a team of 8 girls proudly introduce their video game, The Hole Story.
Play the latest video games from Light House Studio designers.
Try out these fun starter makes & learn a little HTML/CSS!
2014 Tech-Girls, This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License
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